Rabat in detail

Getting Around


Commuter rowing boats cross the estuary between Rabat and Salé between sunrise and sunset (Dh2.50).


Buses are horribly crowded and barely roadworthy; tickets can be purchased from conductors on board and cost Dh4.

Car & Motorcycle

Blue lines around street car parks indicate that drivers must buy a ticket from a nearby machine (Dh2 per hour).

City-centre parking restrictions apply from 8am to noon and 2pm to 7pm Monday to Saturday; metered parking costs Dh2 per hour.

When there are no blue lines or machines, unofficial parking attendants will often help you park and expect a tip of Dh5 to Dh10.


Rabat’s blue petits taxis are plentiful, cheap and quick. A ride around the centre of town will cost between Dh15 and Dh30 – try to get the driver to use his meter. There’s a petit-taxi rank near the entrance of the medina on Ave Hassan II and another at the train station. Note that petits taxis aren't allowed to drive between Rabat and Salé.

Larbi El Wardi is a friendly English-speaking taxi driver with a new car complete with air-con, wi-fi and functioning seatbelts. Can do short or long trips.


The smart and efficient Rabat-Salé tramway (www.tram-way.ma) system is an excellent way to get around Rabat.

Line 1 runs along Ave Hassan II next to the medina, detouring past the Hassan Tower to Bab Lamrissa next to the Salé medina and then on to Hassan II.

Line 2 starts at Madinat Al Irfane, stopping at Agdal/Avenue de France, Mohammed V/Gare de Rabat in the ville nouvelle, Bab Lamrissa, Salé Ville trains station and Hay Karima.

Fares are Dh6, bought from ticket machines on the platforms (multiple journey tickets are also available).

Services run every 20 minutes, from 6am to 10pm.