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TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO


TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO BY TRAIN



Rail transport in Morocco is operated by the ONCF. www.oncf.ma


The main network for passenger-transport consists of a North-South link from Tangier via Rabat and Casablanca to Marrakech.


This North/South link interconnects with the East-West connection linking Oujda in the East via Fes to Rabat.


Major destinations currently not (yet) linked by rail are often served by Supratours, a bus company operated by the ONCF.

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TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO


TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO BY BUS



Bus travel is generally only little cheaper than taking a shared grand taxi. And it is around 30% slower, but also safer and more comfortable. Many long-distance buses run at night when they are quicker and cooler.


CTM , Supratours and private bus lines


Buses run by CTM (www.ctm.ma) , with the national company are faster and more reliable than other private services. They have numbered seats and also fixed departure schedules. You may check departure times online.


Some of the larger private company buses, such as SATAS and Trans Ghazala are of a similar standard. Many other private companies are tiny outfits, with a single bus which leaves only when the driver considers it sufficiently full. On the other hand, such private buses are much more likely to stop for you if you flag them down on the open road, whereas CTM services will only pick up and set down at official stops.

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TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO


TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO BY SHARED TAXI



Shared grands taxis are one of the best features of Moroccan transport. They operate on a wide variety of routes, are much quicker than buses (usually quicker than trains, too), and fares vary from slightly more than the bus to around twice as much.


he taxis are usually big Peugeot or Mercedes cars carrying six passengers . Most business is along specific routes, and the most popular routes have more or less continuous departures throughout the day. You just show up at the terminal (locations are detailed in the guide) and ask for a place to a specific destination. The best time to arrive is early morning , when a lot of people are travelling and taxis fill up quickly; lunchtime, on the other hand, is a bad time to turn up, as fewer people will be travelling, and the taxi will take longer to fill up. As soon as six (or, if you’re willing to pay extra, four or five) people are assembled, the taxi sets off. Make sure, when asking about grands taxis, that it is clear you only want a place in a shared taxi , as drivers often “presume” that a tourist will want to charter the whole taxi, which means paying for all six places.


Women travelling alone may wish to pay for two places and get the front seat to themselves rather than be squashed up against male passengers.

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TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO


TRANSPORT IN MOROCCO BY PLANE



Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com) operates domestic flights from its Casablanca hub to major cities nationwide.


You will usually have to change planes at Casablanca in order to travel between any other two points, unless both are stops on a single Casa-bound flight (Dakhla to Laayoune, for example).


In general, flying is not really worthwhile except for long-distance routes such as to Laayoune or Dakhla in the Western Sahara,or Errachidia in Sahara desert near Merzouga.  


A one-way ticket from Casablanca to Laayoune, would take 1 hour and 45 minutes , compared to 20 hours by bus. From Casablanca to Dakhla it would take you 2 hours and 15minutes by air compared to 30 hours by bus.


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