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The best way to get around Morocco

The best way to travel between Moroccan cities is by train.  Morocco now has Africa's fastest trains, 300km/h (186mph) Al Boraq high-speed trains based on France's TGV, linking Tangier, Rabat & Casablanca every hour over a new high-speed line.  Classic trains link Tangier & Casablanca with Meknes, Fes & Marrakech.

small bullet point  How to buy tickets

small bullet point  Taking the train south from Tangier

small bullet point  Tangier Ville station

small bullet point  What are Moroccan trains like?

small bullet point  How to travel from London & Paris to Morocco by train

Where do the trains go?

How to buy tickets

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Taking the train from Tangier

Tangier to Rabat

Tangier to Casablanca

Tangier to Marrakech

Tangier to Meknes & Fes

Bus connection to Agadir & Essaouira

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Tangier Ville station

The old station in Tangier near the port & medina was closed some years ago and is now used as a police station.  An impressive new Tanger Ville station has been built just inland from the far end of the sea front.  It's now been expanded to accommodate the Al Boraq high-speed trains.  Walking from the port, the medina or the Continental Hotel to the new station takes around 30-35 minutes, so take a petit taxi as this only costs 20 dirhams or so (about £1.70).  The station includes a comfortable Al Boraq lounge for anyone with a 1st class Al Boraq ticket.

Tangier's new station   Inside the new Tangier Ville station...

Tangier's modern station


Ticket windows

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What are Moroccan trains like?

Al Boraq high-speed trains

Africa's first high-speed trains started running in November 2018 on the new Tangier-Rabat-Casablanca high-speed line.  Morocco's Al Boraq high-speed trains are 300km/h (186mph) double-deck trains, a version of French Railway's TGV Duplex.  They have 1st & 2nd class and a cafe-bar.  The new line roughly follows the route of the (still-operating) classic line, but joins the Fes-Casablanca main line at Kenitra rather than Sidi Kacem.

Tip:  There is an Al Boraq lounge for anyone with a 1st class Al Boraq ticket at Tangier Ville, Kénitra, Rabat Agdal and Casablanca Voyageurs

Al Boraq high-speed train in Morocco

Morocco's new Al Boraq double-deck high-speed train.  Photo above courtesy of Adam Thomson.  Photos below courtesy of Nicholas Brooke & Bart Sarbinski

1st class on an Al Boraq high-speed train in Morocco   2nd class on an Al Boraq high-speed train in Morocco

1st class.


2nd class.

Cafe-bar on an Al Boraq high-speed train in Morocco   Al Boraq high-speed train

The cafe-bar.


An Al Boraq train.

Classic Al Atlas trains

The classic long distance trains have smooth-riding 1st & 2nd class air-conditioned coaches, with a trolley selling tea, coffee, sandwiches & snacks.  Most of these classic expresses are now branded Al Atlas, with a reserved seat included with every ticket.  The few remaining classic expresses which have not yet been branded Al Atlas have reserved seats in 1st class but no reservation possible in 2nd class.

Moroccan trains usually have a refreshment trolley...   An Al Atlas train in Morocco

An Al Atlas train in the new colour scheme.  A refreshment trolley comes down the train.  Photo courtesy of Tom Whitehead.

First class seats on a Mroccan Al Atlas train...   Second class seats on an Al Atlas train in Morocco...

1st class is very comfortable, with 6-seat air-conditioned compartments or occasionally open-plan seating.  It's still cheap, and worth the extra over 2nd class.  First class tickets include a specific reserved seat, so can sometimes sell out. Courtesy of Bart Sarbinski


2nd class has 8-seat air-conditioned compartments with basic padded plastic seats.  The coaches now look a bit tatty, but they're still perfectly adequate & incredibly cheap.  2nd class seats aren't reserved so cannot sell out, you find an empty one & sit down.

Overnight train from Tangier to Marrakech

The overnight train is a popular and time-effective way to travel from Tangier to Marrakech, sleeping in a couchette and saving a night in a hotel.  Until early 2022, the train had one sleeping-car with single-berth compartments and one couchette car with 4-berth compartments, but the sleeping-car has now reportedly been discontinued.  Only the 1st class 4-berth couchettes remain.

The couchette car has 11 shared 4-berth compartments, each berth provided with pillow, sheet and light blanket.  The car is air-conditioned, although it may be a while before the air-con kicks in if the car has been standing in the sidings all day.

For the record - and in case it resumes at some point - the sleeping-car had 11 private single-berth compartments (Lit Single in French), each with a comfy bed with full bedding, a washbasin and a chair.  The sleeper was a relatively new addition, introduced in 2018 although the car itself is older.  But like I said, it's been discontinued.

Couchettes can get sold out, so book ahead if you can.  However, it's not impossible to find berths available even if you book at the station on the day of travel, so give it a try.  The couchettes can't be booked online, to book a couchette in advance from outside Morocco, see the specific advice on this train in the How to buy tickets section above.

Single-bed sleeper on Tangier to Marrakech train   4-berth couchettes on Tangier to Marrakech train   Marrakech to Tangier night train

Single sleeper (discontinued)

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4-berth couchettes

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Marrakech-Tangier night train...

Photos courtesy of @Simply_Railway

Double-deck trains between Rabat & Casablanca...

These smart air-conditioned double-deck trains operate the hourly Rabat-Casablanca shuttle service (TNR or Train Navette Rapide, they also operate a few Fez-Meknès-Rabat-Casablanca expresses.

New Moroccan double deck train at Fes   First class seats on the new Moroccan double decker train

Double-decker train at Fez...  Photo courtesy of Marie Javins


First class seats on the new Moroccan double decker train.  Photo courtesy of Marie Javins

Marrakech station   An air-conditioned express train, arrived at Marrakech

Marrakech station...  Photo courtesy of Peter Brogdale


Arrival at Marrakech...  Photo courtesy of Peter Brogdale

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Make sure you take a good guidebook.  Easily the best guidebooks for the independent traveller are Lonely Planets and Rough Guides.  Both provide an excellent level of practical information and historical background.  You won't regret buying one of these!

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Lonely Planet Morocco - click to buy online   Rough Guide to Morocco - click to buy online

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Hotels in Morocco

In Tangier, the classic Continental Hotel is the top choice for location and atmosphere, and inexpensive, too.  Ideally located for both port and old medina, and with its own restaurant, it can now be booked online at  Opened in 1870, Winston Churchill stayed there, amongst others.

In Marrakech, the Hotel Islane is a good mid-range choice at around €35-€45 (£26-£31) per room per night, with an excellent central location just round the corner from the Jemaa el Fnaa, the main market square.  It also has a good rooftop restaurant.  The most famous hotel in Marrakech is of course the top-notch La Mamounia Hotel, if you can (a) afford it and (b) get a room!

You can arrange hotels before booking opens for train tickets if you use a site with free cancellation such as

Continental Hotel, Tangier

The Continental Hotel, Tangier...

Reception, Continental Hotel Tangier   View of port from balcony, Continental Hotel Tangier



View of the port from my balcony...

Find hotels at Booking.comMy favourite hotel search: is my favourite hotel booking site and I generally use it to book all my hotels in one place.  I've come to trust's review scores, you won't be disappointed with any hotel that scores 8.0 or more.  Crucially, usually lets you book with free cancellation, which means you can confirm accommodation risk-free before train booking opens and/or you can hold accommodation while you finalise your itinerary and alter your plans as they evolve - a feature I use all the time when planning a trip.  I never book hotels non-refundably!

Backpacker hostels...  If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels.  Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.

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Car hire in Morocco

It's well worth hiring a car south of Marrakech!  Hiring a car isn't the first thing you'd think of in Morocco, but the roads are relatively empty and driving is surprisingly easy.  If you've a few days to spare when you get to Marrakech I highly recommend hiring a car and driving south over the High Atlas Mountains via the absolutely incredible Tizi n Tichka Pass, perhaps the most amazing road I've ever driven.  Stay the night at the Kasbah at Tifletout (now a hotel) and visit the Gorge du Dadès, Todra Gorge, and the remarkable mud-built town of Aït ben Haddou.  Driving really isn't difficult, indeed the roads are far less crowded than in the UK or Europe, making it a very pleasant way to get around the countryside.  Instead of searching multiple websites to sort out your car, try this search engine which compares different hire companies' prices.

Compare 50 different car hire companies:

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Travel insurance & VPN


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Always take out travel insurance

You should take out travel insurance with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover from a reliable insurer.  It should cover trip cancellation and loss of cash & belongings up to a reasonable limit.  These days, check you're covered for covid-19-related issues, and use an insurer whose cover isn't invalidated by well-meant but excessive Foreign Office travel advice against non-essential travel. An annual policy is usually cheapest even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy with myself.  Don't expect travel insurance to bail you out of every missed connection, see the advice on missed connections here.  Here are some suggested insurers, I get a little commission if you buy through these links, feedback always welcome.

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Get an eSIM with mobile data package

Don't rely on WiFi, download an eSIM with a European mobile data package and stay connected.  Most newer mobile phones can download a virtual SIM including iPhone 11 & later, see device compatibility list.  There's no need to buy a physical SIM card! is a reliable eSIM data retailer with a 4.5 out of 5 Trustpilot rating and a range of packages including unlimited data.


Curve card

Curve card

Get a Curve card for foreign travel

Most banks give you a poor exchange rate then add a foreign transaction fee on top.  A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month as I write this.  The money you spend on your Curve card goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.  And you can get a Curve card for free.

How it works:  1. Download the Curve app for iPhone or Android.  2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to the UK and most European addresses.  3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app, you can link up to two cards with the free version of Curve, I link my normal debit card and my normal credit card.  4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, exactly like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance in your own currency onto whichever debit or credit card is currently selected in the Curve app.  You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.

I have a Curve Blue card myself, it means I can buy a coffee on a foreign station on a card without being stung by fees and lousy exchange rates, just by tapping the Curve card on their card reader.  The money goes through Curve to my normal debit card and is taken directly from my account (in fact I have the Curve card set up as payment card on Apple Pay on my iPhone, so can double-click my phone, let it do Face ID then tap the reader with the phone - even easier than getting a card out).  I get a little commission if you sign up to Curve, but I recommend it here because I think it's great.  See details, download the app and get a Curve card, they'll give you £5 cashback through that link.


Express VPN

Get a VPN for safe browsing.  Why you need a VPN

When travelling you may use free public WiFi which is often insecure.  A VPN encrypts your connection so it's always secure, even on unsecured WiFi.  It also means you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geoblocking which a surprising number of websites apply.  See VPNs & why you need one explainedExpressVPN is a best buy with a 4.7 out of 5 Trustpilot ranking which I use myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with using this link you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription.  I also get some commission to help support this site.


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Carry an Anker powerbank

Tickets, reservations, hotel bookings and Interrail or Eurail passes are often now held on your mobile phone.  You daren't let it run out of power, and you can't always rely on the phone's internal battery or on being near a power outlet.  I always carry an Anker powerbank which can recharge my phone several times over.  Buy from or buy from

Touring cities?  Use hill walking shoes!

One of the best things I've done is swap my normal shoes for hill-walking shoes, in my case from Scarpa.  They're intended for hiking across the Pennines not wandering around Florence, but the support and cushioning for hiking works equally well when you're on your feet all day exploring foreign cities.  My feet used to give out first and limit my day, now the rest of me gives up before they do!


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