8 hrs in Casablanca

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Apr 11th, 2012, 07:34 AM
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8 hrs in Casablanca

We have an 8hr layover in Casablanca, from 8am till 4pm. I have contacted one guide but find his price seems quite high - 225Euros. Does anyone have experience with this? Do we need one? Considering most people only recommend the mosque, would it be a better idea to go to the beach? How is the beach in late April?
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Apr 11th, 2012, 08:11 AM
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Try with a Casablanca based company, can be cheaper, not someone who will drive from a different city to meet you there, thats explain why the rate is high I think.
You can get a train to down town and then take a taxi to get to the mosque.
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Apr 11th, 2012, 09:49 AM
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225 euros is absolutely ABSURD. Follow Interpid's advice and then go one of the many seaside restaurants for a great meal. Where are you heading after Casa ?
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Apr 11th, 2012, 12:27 PM
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Thanks for your opinions, Intrepid and Bedar. Having traveled in Europe, South and North and Central America I have never paid that much for a guide or a tour even including lunch. The mosque and then a seaside restaurant sounds ideal as we will be tired having just come off of an overnight flight from Cairo and a Nile cruise. We will be on our way home to Canada.
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Apr 12th, 2012, 03:52 PM
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€225 (2475dh) is obscene, what's he doing, flying in from Paris to give you the tour? Think in terms of 300dh absolute tops for half a day.

But why do you need a guide? it's a bit like me hiring a guide to visit the Eaton Centre in Toronto... The train to downtown Casablanca leaves from the bottom level of the airport and runs every hour. Have a look at the schedules at http://www.oncf.ma/index_En.aspx (leaving from Aeroport Med V and going to Casablanca Voyagers).

Also take a look at the many pages of photos of Casablanca at http://looklex.com/morocco/casablanca.htm The streets are a bit choked up at the moment as a new tramway is being installed and lots of tarmac is up.
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Apr 17th, 2012, 03:41 PM
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Thanks tim, this info confirms my suspicions and that we'll catch the train out from the airport and take it from there on our own.
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May 7th, 2012, 05:03 PM
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I'm just back from my trip and the 8 hours in Casablanca were taken care of by a hotel shuttle from the airport and then a private driver from a hotel. Just had enough time to see the Mosque and a local souk but I was impressed after Cairo with the clean modern downtown.
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