Getting Around in Morocco

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Morocco's Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) operates one of the most modern rail systems in Africa linking most of the main centres. The trains are generally comfortable fast and a better option than the buses - if only because sleeping cars are available for many overnight trips. Lines go as far south as Marrakesh. For a time-table see: ONCF.

But if you miss the train the buses and grand taxis are by no means a last-ditch option.

Traveling Between Cities:

CTM: The national bus line, very comfortable, on schedule, seats are reserved and can be purchased in advance.

Souk buses: Souk buses do not always leave or arrive on time. They may stop in the middle of nowhere or in towns along the way looking for passengers. You’ll have to bargain for the price to store your luggage on top of the bus. It’s advisable to carry smaller pieces of luggage you can store on the bus with you.

Grand taxis: These large mercedes travel between large towns and cities. They carry 6 passengers, however you can pay for empty seats so that the taxi goes earlier and you have more room. Ask the other passengers in the car what the fare is, if they don’t know ask the driver. Baggage does not cost extra in a taxi.

Pick-up trucks (camio): In areas where there is no public transportation, people use these trucks to carry supplies and people to their village. They also take travelers at a rate they determine themselves.

If time is your enemy and you've got a bit cash to splash about consider the occasional internal flight to make the most of this beautiful country.

Airport transportation: There is a train from Rabat ville to the Casablanca airport. You can also hire a grand taxi from the bus station for $60.

Renting a car isn't cheap in Morocco but deals can be struck with the smaller dealers. Gas is available pretty much everywhere. Take note that Moroccan roads are festooned with police and customs roadblocks.

Within cities:

Petit taxis: Every city has petit taxis which carry only three passengers. The fare is calculated by a meter. If there is no meter, or it does not work, ask the price before you begin. He may pick up other passengers. At night until sunrise the fare 50% more than daytime.

The bigger cities have public bus services and the average ticket price is about Dr2. Petits taxis are a common sight in most cities and major towns. They're licensed to carry up to three passengers and can be a useful way to avoid heat exhaustion and/or hustlers.

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"Office National des Chemins de Fer" (O.N.C.F.)

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Timetables and train connections can be found at:
www.oncf.ma/scripts/horaires1.as p
(in French or Arabic)

Information about the O.N.C.F. fares:
www.oncf.ma/scripts/tarifs1.asp
(in French or Arabic)

For people who travel often or at certain times, there are special offers,
for example the "week-end-ticket" ("billet week-end").
For offers, conditions and prices look at:
www.oncf.ma/voyages/produits.htm
(in French or Arabic)

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