Casablanca

Should you hire a car in Casablanca?

Should you rent a car in Casablanca Morocco > Casablanca

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

Casablanca Introduction

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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.

Should you hire a car in Casablanca? There's really little need, either in the city, or anywhere nearby
The hugely impressive Grand Mosque in Casablanca

Why should you rent a car in Casablanca?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Casablanca?

Casablanca Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

30%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€100

 #98/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €195

127/300

 

Free parking score

Total 121 - of which 66 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

55%

#107/300

 

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? Why not? Ratings Comments

Casablanca public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

30%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

30%

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

Car rental in - Casablanca Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Casablanca?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Casablanca?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Casablanca?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Casablanca if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Casablanca if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Casablanca if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

1

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

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.

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Marrakesh

Should you rent a car in Marrakesh?

Should you rent a car in Marrakech Morocco > Marrakech

If you are just visiting the city itself on reasonably short break, then you’ll get around fine just using buses and taxis – there’s no metro or tram of any kind here, but the airport is nice and close to the city centre, and if you are walking around the old Medina, you’ll find that there’s plenty of shade from the buildings themselves, and also a lot of the market areas are covered – although the main square of Djemaa El Fna itself is much more open.

Marrakech Introduction

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Why should you rent a car in Marrakech?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Marrakech?

Marrakech Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

80%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€90

 #89/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €200

130/300

 

Free parking score

Total 1153 - of which 308 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

27%

#221/300

 

Reasons why you should hire a car in Marrakesh

  • We would definitely recommend getting out of the city and getting into the Atlas mountains, so a motor of some sort is going to be useful.
  • Driving in Morocco comes with various caveats and cautions, but even this is still relative. Driving standards here are considerably better than they are in most other African countries.

James says - a few trip notes:


You might still prefer to go on a guided excursion rather than self drive, but having been to Marrakesh and then headed north by train, I regret not taking the chance to spend time in the mountains. Chances are that you will find that this is a much more authentic Moroccan experience than just staying in Marrakesh itself. Despite whatever efforts local city authorities have made to improve matters, Marrakesh is still a city that is full of tourist touts. This situation that hasn’t been helped by the huge increase in the numbers of “prey” arriving, courtesy of the various different low-cost airlines which now fly here.


Why not? Visiting Marrakech without a car

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Marrakech public transport quick facts

Train score

 

40%

Water travel score

40%

Overall public transport score

30%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

40%

Visiting Marrakesh without a car

  • There is absolutely no need for a hire car in Marrakesh if you are just sticking to the city itself, and nearby places of interest.
  • Marrakesh is a very walkable city. Alleyways are narrow and well shaded. However, you may also find this bewildering, especially as the city still has a reputation for (largely harmless but annoying) tourist touts.
  • Buses and taxis in Marrakesh are both cheap and plentiful.
  • If you want to see more of Morocco but still prefer to get around using coaches or trains, then you can head north through the barren landscape towards Casablanca and beyond.
  • Various options are also available for excursions from Marrakesh which are completely inclusive of all transport requirements. Check locally to ensure you use a reputable company.

Verdict

Self drive Marrakesh car hire is worth it if you are confident with local driving conditions.

Even if you don’t plan to hire your own self-drive car, it’s well worth heading out of the city in a car of some kind. You will certainly want to be travelling in a small group, and not on a large tourist bus.

Should you rent a car in Marrakesh? In this respect, we’d still recommend getting a car in Marrakesh, even if you go for a private tour option or just rent a car and driver as a package.

Ratings

Car rental in - Marrakech Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Marrakech?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Marrakech?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Marrakech?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Marrakech if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Marrakech if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Marrakech if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

5

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Tangier

Should you rent a car in Tangier?

Should you rent a car in Tangier Morocco > Tangier

The Moroccan port of Tangier is famous for being just that, the main gateway port into Africa. It’s especially important for shipment goods travelling between Europe and Morocco via the Spanish port of Algeciras.

Tangier Introduction

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In recent years, the Moroccan government has started relocating most port services to the new Tangier Med Port near Ksar es Seghir, thus removing a lot of the road traffic that heads through Tangier, and giving a significant boost to the regional economy.

If you are arriving into either port by ferry from Spain or elsewhere, or if you are flying into Tangier International airport, then we still don’t think there’s a great deal of point in hiring a car here. The city of Tangier has a perfectly reasonable network of buses plying all of the main roads, and taxis are both plentiful and extremely cheap.

With a new high-speed train service having been promised now for several years, for onward journeys, the existing Moroccan trains aren’t particularly fast or frequent, but they are probably still more comfortable than travelling by bus, depending on your own preferences.

Why should you rent a car in Tangier?

In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Tangier?

Tangier Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

20%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

€85

 #84/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

 

 €190

123/300

 

Free parking score

Total 132 - of which 55 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

42%

#151/300

 
  • Many tourists come to northern Morocco to enjoy the attractive climate, and perhaps get in a round or two of golf.
  • The area has seen a huge amount of resort development in recent years, and most of this has been focussed around car travel.
  • Road safety in Morocco is relatively good compared to other African nations, and all of the major hire car companies are well represented here.

Why not? Visiting Tangier without a car

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Tangier public transport quick facts

Train score

 

80%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

80%

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

(walking + cycling)

50%

  • The city of Tangier is very walkable.
  • Expect lots of well shaded alley ways and narrow streets. This makes it attractive to walk at most times of day.
  • Plenty of buses and taxis within the city of Tangier.
  • Easy onward connections to Fez, Casablanca and elsewhere by train or coach.
  • Return to mainland Europe by ferry.

Ratings

Car rental in - Tangier Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Tangier?

Based on comparison with transit, walking and cycling.
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Tangier?

Based on value for money
 

Should you rent a car in Tangier?

Weighing up the above, if you are asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Tangier if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

For families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Tangier if we are staying in a central area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the city/resort?

Or in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Tangier if I prefer not to drive?

If I am easy either way?

If I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

Final score:

3

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Should you rent a car in Tangier? Yes, maybe!

Would you hire a car in Tangier?

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