Babouche oil is king in Marrakech, the main attraction of the old city being the Jemaa-el-Fna square and the souks where, anyway, there is hardly any other means of transport than walking. (of course, Moroccans also move there by mob …).
A tip: if you get lost (and you will get lost!) Or if you are looking for an address, avoid asking your way to a passerby. Always speak to someone “attached” to their shop. He will be happy to advise you. You can also address the luggage carriers, they know Marrakech better than their pocket, including the most hidden riads. But they may want to guide you against a coin (make sure they lead you where you want … and not where it suits them!).
Otherwise, on-board maps on smartphones can be useful: for example maps.me or Google Maps (by activating the option “offline map” for those who have a Google account, after having downloaded the route while being connected to wifi) .
They can be found everywhere, near Place Jemaa-el-Fna (prohibited for cars from 1 p.m.), along Square Foucauld, at the bus station and on Avenue Mohammed-V. “Small taxis” are the majority. They cannot leave Marrakech.
Before embarking with a ball in mind, however, be aware that:
- If taxi drivers in Marrakech are in principle required to put their meter, some refuse, preferring to offer a price for the ride (obviously higher than with the meter). A word of advice, refuse and wait for another taxi (they abound). Well, if after several attempts you are still stranded, too bad, take the one that shows up, but negotiate firmly!
An average race in town (for example, to go from the medina to Guéliz) is worth around 4-60 Dh. Legal increase of 50% at night (8 p.m. to 6 a.m. from October to April; 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from May to September).
- If the counter is switched on, the charge is 1.70 Dh during the day and 2.60 Dh at night. Important: the minimum price for a race is 7 Dh, even if you do 100 m. Attention, make sure that the counter starts with the amount of support and no more, because scams to the counter also arrive!
- Avoid getting into an already occupied taxi because, very often, the driver drives the 1st passenger to their destination, before serving the last (s) mounted.
- Finally, in town a large taxi (old Mercedes) is much more expensive than a small taxi (except to share it on frequent routes, such as from the bus station to the train station). They are authorized to leave the agglomeration and do not have a meter. So negotiate the race BEFORE it starts. For a race within a radius of 15 to 20 km from the city center, count 120 Dh minimum.
- Green taxis: Specify the desired route; the price is fixed in advance on the basis of the counter price plus 10 Dh during the day and 15 Dh in the evening (double for the palm grove). The taxi will then pick you up at the agreed time and place (some punctuality concerns to report). For eccentric journeys (beyond the palm grove and on the road to Fez, for example), fixed rate of 100 Dh (increased in the evening).
- Each taxi has its number. In the event of a problem, the tourist police can thus identify the driver.
Thirty lines share the network. Tickets are taken on board. Price: 4 Dh for a trip in the city center. They are comfortable and sometimes air conditioned.
For a minimum stay of 5 days and intensive use of this means of transport, there is a “blank” Ikhlass magnetic card at 15 Dh which can be purchased on all buses (it must then be charged, the journey then returning to 3 , 50 Dh).
Note: 1 electric bus line should be used to connect the city center to the near suburbs. But the project has been delayed.
Marrakech is one of the rare cities in Morocco to have been able to keep this mode of transport, full of charm. For those who are nostalgic, a nice way to get around town (you can go up to 4-5 people), provided you have a good debate on the price and fix the amount before departure.
In general, count 200 Dh for a good half hour of horse-drawn carriage in the medina and along the ramparts.
Some horses stop, as if by chance, in front of a store … So make it clear that you do not want store stops.
The main carriage stop is at Square Foucauld but you can find it elsewhere.
Rent a bike
There are rental companies on avenue du Président-Kennedy, in the Hivernage district.
Count 90-120 Dh the day.
Medina Bike, self-service bike rentals that operate on a daily (50 €) or weekly (150 €) subscription. You can sail 3 hours with the same bike, then cost 10 Dh per additional ½ h.
Marrakchis are cycling enthusiasts, especially in the medina. In addition, fairly secure cycle paths
Outside this area, cycling is dangerous. We therefore do not recommend you this means of transport too much … except for a guided tour, because the organizers know the safest routes.
Marrakech City Bike Tour: Price: 280-500 Dh per person. Duration: 2h30-3h.
Organizes guided tours of the city and the palm grove in groups (4-10 people) or individually. Also rent electric bikes.
Mode of transport imported from Asia launched in Marrakech by an association which helps people with reduced mobility by allowing them to reintegrate into work. They circulate only in the medina (practical, therefore) and are not insured outside.
Count about 80-100 Dh for 30-40 min; less for a short run.
Rent a scooter or motorbike
Same remark as for the bike about city traffic. On the other hand, it can be a practical means of transport to discover the surroundings of Marrakech. Helmet compulsory. Be careful, contact a rental company that has a storefront, because most do not have insurance.
At 2 it does not cost much less than a category A car rental.
Traffic in Marrakech is anarchic, punctuated by frequent traffic jams on Friday and Saturday evenings. The problem is to synchronize the road codes of mules, horse-drawn carriages, taxis, buses, cars, cyclists, pedestrians … We must therefore be patient and redouble our attention. And do not go into the inextricable skein of the medina, where the alleys are narrow and hyper crowded!
We park quite easily in the streets of Guéliz. A parking meter system now requires 2 Dh / h (except Sunday), when it is operating. Tolerance, 5 minutes … beyond, it is the PV.
In the streets without a parking meter, or in the evening on the main roads, a guard helps you, with unnecessary force, to leave your location. Give it 4-5 Dh for a few hours, 8-10 Dh for a day, 20-30 Dh for a night. These guards pay the municipality a “surveillance fee” and the money paid by motorists is their only salary.
There are several car parks:
the Carré d’éden car park on avenue Mohammed-V in Guéliz;
the Parking Plaza on avenue Mohammed-V in Guéliz;
near the medina: guarded car park near the Koutoubia, as well as near Bâb-Doukkala, opposite the court. Unfortunately, often full.
Rent a car
Mistrust ! There is a shovel of agencies, often dealing in sublet. Do not conclude any contract without having seen and examined the vehicle (condition of the tires, presence of a spare wheel, a jack and a crank, closing of the boot, operation of the lights, etc.).
Please note, large rental companies quote a deductible ranging from 7,000 Dh for a category A car up to 26,000 Dh (!) For a higher category car. If you decide not to opt for the franchise redemption, this amount must be available on your payment card, and will be blocked for the duration of the rental!
Note that some of the local agencies we mention do not overcharge the amount of the deductible, or even do not ask for it at all. Interesting!
In terms of prices, a small vehicle (category A) costs in high season 250-350 Dh per day, for a rental of 1 week, with basic insurance. Below, it inevitably hides a circle!