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Morocco

Getting there & away

The Moroccan bus company, Compagnie de Transports Marocains (CTM; in Casablanca 022 458080) operates buses from Casablanca and most other main cities to France, Belgium, Spain, Germany and Italy. Buses to Spain leave Casablanca daily except Sunday. Book at least a week in advance.

Another Moroccan bus service with particularly good links to Spanish networks is Tramesa (022 245274; perso.menara.ma/tramesa07/). UK-based companies with service to Morocco include Eurolines (08705 808080; www.eurolines.co.uk) and Busabout (020-7950 1661; www.busabout.com).

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Sea

Regular ferries run to Europe from several ports along the Moroccan Mediterranean coast. The most trafficked is Tangier, from where there are boats to Algeciras, Spain (US$40, 60 to 70 minutes, hourly); Tarifa, Spain (US$28, 35 minutes, five daily); and Sète, France (US$281, 36 hours, two weekly). Hourly ferries also run from Ceuta to Algeciras (US$32, 35 minutes, hourly). Daily ferries go from Al-Hoceima (summer only), Melilla and Nador to Almería and Malaga in Spain. Taking a bicycle onboard is an additional US$10 to US$20, while a car is US$64 to US$102. Children travel for half the price. Tickets are available at the port of departure or from any travel agent in town.

Ferry companies include the following:

Comarit (www.comarit.com) Casablanca (022 293320; Blvd d’Anfa); Tangier (039 947402; Tangier Port)

Ferry Rapidos del Sur (FRS; www.frs.ma) Morocco (039 942612); Spain (956 681830)

Transmediterránea (902 454645; www.trasmediterranea.es ; Calle Alcalá 61, Madrid)

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Land

Algeria

The border with Algeria has been closed for some time due to ongoing political disputes.

Mauritania

The trans-Saharan route via Mauritania is now the most popular route from North Africa into sub-Saharan Africa, and hundreds of adventurous souls do it every year.

The route into Mauritania runs from Dakhla south along the coast for 460km to Nouâdhibou across the border and then south along the coast to the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott. It’s advisable to fill up with petrol at every available station. Some stations south of Dakhla may be out of fuel, in particular, the last station 50km before the border.

Moroccan border formalities are processed in the basic settlement of Guergarat. The border, about 15km from the settlement, is heavily mined, so stay on the road. Coming from Morocco, you can buy the Mauritanian visa at the border (€20). Expect to pay another €20 for various ‘taxes’ on top of the visa price. Although there are no longer any currency declaration forms, some customs officials still ask for it and, of course, if you can’t present it, they will expect a small bribe.

Note that there’s no public transport between Morocco and Mauritania.

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Air

Morocco’s main international entry point is the Mohammed V International Airport (022 539040), 30km southeast of Casablanca. Other international airports include the following:

Fès Airport (055 674712) Fifteen kilometres south of Fès at Saïss.

Ibn Batouta Airport (039 393720) Eighteen kilometres south of Tangier.

Ménara Airport (044 447865) In Marrakesh.

Rabat-Salé Airport (037 808090) Ten kilometres east of Salé.

For comprehensive information on all of Morocco’s airports, log on to the website of the Office National des Aéroports (www.onda.org.ma in French & Arabic).

Airlines flying to and from Morocco include the following:

Air France (www.airfrance.com ; 022 294040)

Alitalia (www.alitalia.it ; 022 314181)

British Airways (www.britishairways.com ; 022 229464)

EasyJet (www.easyjet.com)

Iberia (www.iberia.com ; 022 279600)

KLM-Royal Dutch Airlines (www.klm.com ; 022 203222)

Lufthansa Airlines (www.lufthansa.com ; 022 312371)

Regional Air Lines (www.regionalmaroc.com ; 022 536940)

Royal Air Maroc (www.royalairmaroc.com ; 022 321122)

Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com)

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