Rent a Car or Public Transport?
Replies: 16 - Last Post: Feb 5, 2012 7:26 PM Last Post By: Marocfan
Dec 14, 2011 5:39 AM
Rent a Car or Public Transport?This week-end I'll finally reach Morocco. My trip starts in Fes and I was thinking about renting a car to do the tipical Fes, Atlas, Merzuoga, Marrakech... trip.
Is it wise to rent a car?
Do I need an International Driving Licence?
How is the traffic in in the cities? Crazy like let's say... Cairo?
What are the prices?
And what should I be aware off?
Thank you dear Morroccan gurus :)
Dec 14, 2011 6:57 AM
1Renting a car and driving yourself around is by far the best way to see Morocco. You can stop when/where and however long you wish. It gives such great flexibility. But it can of course be expensive. Check prices and compare them at the airport when you arrive, or do so on the Internet in advance. Also check over the car itself very carefully before you sign the rental agreement to document/observe any problems.
You do not need an Intern. Driver License. Avoid driving in Casa, Fes and Marrakech, all can be pretty chaotic. The rural highways are fine but be prepared to sometimes pull over on the side of the road to avoid an oncoming car or truck. Never drive at night (unlighted carts, animals etc. on the highway). Don't exceed the speed limits--lots of cops with radar on the highways.
Dec 14, 2011 8:41 AM
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Dec 15, 2011 3:57 AM
Dec 15, 2011 2:32 PM
6hi there and welcome to Morocco,
I would like to answer ur questions:
1_yes its easy to rent car in Morocco and many internnational and national companies offer that in Morocco,in most of cities in Morocco.
2_yes you need international driver license.
3_the traffics are good just sometimes be carefull in small cities,but all are fine,and in big cities like in Marakeche just be carefull from bikes,but dont worry all is fine and most of tourisres are driving here.
4_the price its between 25 to 40 euros for normal cars,and depends on season and the kind of the car.
5_ be sure you will have good car ,and clean one ,and why not new one.and like in Rissani or in Erfoud on your way to desert be carefull from false guides,but you need to prebook with a local guide from Merzouga or a hotel so they can make it easy for you.
Dec 15, 2011 3:38 PM
Dec 15, 2011 4:14 PM
8first of all, be aware from lovefordesert (Big Spammer).
Driving in Morocco is simple except Marrakech,Casablanca. for the rest it's easier, and you do not need any driving license, so try to rent a car better away from the both rush places i've mentioned before.
Have a nice trip, and enjoy it.
Dec 16, 2011 1:47 AM
9You do NOT need an international licence.
Cities such as Fez and Marrakech are crazy in the evenings, so organise it so that on the first day you exit the city in the morning. Be careful at junctions and roundabouts, there's still a hangover from the French 'priority a droite' (priority to the right) and people can zoom out of side streets without looking. Most roundabouts are priority to vehicles already on the roundabout but some are priority to vehicles joining the roundabout. Beware of pedestrians and animals walking in the road.
Basically... take it easy, keep to the posted speed limits, drive well towards the centre of the road, look out for road signs (international standard signs) and expect the unexpected. Stop signs are far more common than in Europe and are red octagonal signs.
Otherwise hiring a car is the best way to see Morocco. Stop often to enjoy Moroccan 'nus nus' (half-half or milky coffee) or 'atay b'nana' (tea with mint) at the pavement cafes.
From Fez you MUST stop and see the wild monkeys near Azrou (one of my favourite places in Morocco.
Don't try for long distances pounding tarmac and try where possible to get off the major 'N' roads. Consider a route such as Fez - Azrou - Ain Leuh - Source Oum er Rbia - Khenifra - El Kebab - Imilchil - Agoudal - Todra - Tinerhir - Merzouga - Alnif - N'kob - Ouarzazate - Ait Benhaddou - Telouet - Tichka pass - Marrakech. Happy to expand on this if you need more info.
Dec 16, 2011 2:09 AM
10Tim, this route you suggest, it sounds good, thanks for the tip. I just wonder by my next trip fly to Fes, but on the same time I do not want to go the usual route via Errachidia and this seems to be interesting.
Edited by: khamlia
Dec 16, 2011 5:46 AM
11If you have a sense of adventure you will love this alternative Fez to Tinerhir route. Tarmac roads all the way but without the traffic of the main roads, and with such beautiful countryside. If you want detailed instructions I have happy to send them to you.
Dec 16, 2011 9:35 AM
12Yes, I have absolutely a sense of adventure, it is the best I know :). So If you send me this detalied instruction so I will be glad. Hope only I find some good flight to Fes now, it is a little bad from here, but I am so tired now to fly every time to Marrakech and then .... so thanks in advance. I save it and then I will write how it was going. But it will be first in March or so, even if I wanted to go there already tomorrow :)
Dec 19, 2011 3:38 AM
13Tim, that route sounds excellent. Would you mind sending me the detailed instructions as well? Is this area still enjoyable at the end of May or will it be getting too hot by then? Am trying to work out if it's still worth going to Merzouga etc or if I should stick to the coast.
Dec 19, 2011 4:41 AM
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