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Your key questions for any destination:

Do I need a car in Casablanca ?

Strictly speaking, there are very few travel destinations anywhere in the world where it's absolutely essential to rent a car in order to see the main points of interest.

That's why we give you loads of ratings scales from 1 to 10, rather than just yes or no answers!

  • The need question is generally answered by looking at public transport (transit) options. Is it good enough for visitors who are happy to consider using it?
  • How many public transport routes are there, and are they mainly rail or road (bus) based?
  • Is public transport fast, frequent, safe, reliable and cheap?
  • Does public transport actually take you to the places you'll probably want to see?

Is it worth hiring a car in Casablanca ?

This question is usually more about value for money. For this, we look at Casablanca car hire options, and consider how rental costs compare with using transit.

How far are you likely to drive anyway, and how much might you expect to spend on fuel, road tolls, parking and any other charges. We compare Casablanca with other destinations locally and around the world.

This is obviously much more of an issue if you are planning a longer road trip than it is on a small island.

Should I rent a car in Casablanca ? 

This is basically a merging of the two questions. Everything else might be about giving certain facts about the costs of car rental or using public transport in Casablanca , but answering this question is very much a matter of opinion.

Casablanca is one of the largest and most commercially important cities in Africa, with an urban area that sprawls across into the capital Rabat.

Please note that Carornocar.com is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2022 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. 

We do not intent to include detailed covid information, nor do we intend to suggest hiring a car, just because public transport might still have a mask requirement. Our advice will be based on the same criteria we've always used, ie whether or not you can get a better travel experience, or at least a better value one, by choosing not to hire a car.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Casablanca is in car rental price band: 2/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Casablanca ? 

Yes. Very cheap car rental by global standards.

Volatility:

Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Casablanca between the peak and the off peak season?

5/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 2/10

Non car score:6/10

Balance: 3

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -

 

Public transport here is adequate, with a fast rail link running directly and from the airport. There’s a reasonable network of local commuter services. The city has also invested in a single long tram line. However, it’s a slow way to cover any distance due to the sheer number of stops.

The most popular means of getting around is still by bus. The network is far more comprehensive, and it’s also amazingly cheap. However, so are taxis, and they are also very widely available.

Why? Visiting Casablanca using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Casablanca ?


Why should I hire a car in Casablanca?

  • Within and around the city, we don’t really advise hiring a car.

  • Getting a rental car in Casablanca might be useful if you are staying in a resort area outside the city.
  • A hire car would be useful if you are planning on touring away from the trunk public transport routes.
  • Compared to other cities in Morocco, Casablanca has the widest network of flights, including long haul transatlantic services.
  • This makes it a more obvious place to pick up a rental car if you are arriving from further afield.

Why not? Visiting Casablanca without a car

Why don't you need a car in Casablanca ?


Reasons to visit Casablanca without a car

  • You can start your visit to Casablanca by taking the train. There’sa direct rail shuttle operating from the terminal at Mohammad V airport.
  • You also find that Casablanca is a surprisingly easy city to walk around. In particular in the more historic medina, with high walls and narrow streets, you really aren’t going to be exposed to the heat of the sun. Even in the more openly planned French style new town, wide boulevards are kept cool with ample tree coverage.
  • Casablanca is significantly more relaxed than Marrakech in terms of actually being able to walk places without being hassled by touts.
  • Many of Morocco’s most interesting inland scenic spots are further to the south.
  • If you are thinking of heading into the Atlas mountains, then it makes more sense to look at renting a car in Marrakech, or looking at organised tours from either there, or from the mountain gateway of Ouarzazate.
  • You can certainly use Casablanca as a starting point to explore the rest of Morocco. Although there is perhaps a better range of European flights into Marrakesh, Casablanca is still the main hub for long haul arrivals. There is no particular reason to continue your onward travels in a rental car, since you can reach most of the other major Moroccan cities by train or coach.
  • Even first-class rail travel is amazingly cheap compared to neighbouring European standards.
  • If you do want to rent a car in Casablanca, then beware of that Morocco has a reputation for various car rental scams, including regular police “checks” where you will be expected to pay a fee of some kind.
  • Driving in Morocco is considerably more dangerous than driving in Europe or the USA. However, the roads are still relatively safe compared to other countries in Africa.
  • See – https://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/forums/africa/morocco/car-rental-safety

Ratings: How does Casablanca compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Casablanca ? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Casablanca , and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?

 

 

Do you need to hire a car in Casablanca ? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Casablanca (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Casablanca ? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

See global comparisons

Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel

 

Car hire basics:

 

Public transportation basics:

 

Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):

 

As you start ....

Does Casablanca airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No

 

 

 

 


Changelog

Has our advice for Casablanca car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 3

2019 - 4

2021 - 3

Average score - 3

Notes:

 

Casablanca is a city where our car rental advice leans towards quite a strong no, even relative to other destinations in Morocco.

This is as much due to the sheer weighting we give to staying in the city itself. You can have a fascinating trip just staying within the city, and using local beaches.

When should you hire a car in Casablanca? Since there’s much less of interest immediately outside the city, there isn’t such a need to consider renting a car here.

If you do think you need to rent a car in Casablanca, then you can still get around the country relatively quickly using the motorway network. Please check for the latest advice on safety and security.

Summary

Do you or don't you need a car in Casablanca ?

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