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How To Use Taxis In Morocco

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In Morocco there are two types of taxis, Petits Taxis and Grands Taxis. Petits Taxis are smaller cars used to take short rides in the cities, it has a maximum capacity of three. The Grands Taxis is used to take long rides from city to city.
The Grand taxis are typical 1970s to ’80s four door Mercedes without air conditioning.
A Grand taxi is a shared taxi in Morocco, the taxa will not leave the city before it’s full, and full means 7 people including the taxi driver (2 persons on the front seat, and 4 on the back seat). But you can buy the entire taxi (all 6 seats). Transport in Morocco are very cheap, actually one of the cheapest taxi fares in the world.

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Grand Taxi Morocco Price Level

I did some research on the internet, before I traveled to Morocco in February 2014, to understand the price level in the country. I found these examples on different forums and sites.

- Merzouga – Fez (466 km) – Total price for all 6 seats: 1100 dhs (2.36 dhs per km) – Per seat per km: 0.393 dhs
- Agadir – Taroudannt (80 km) – Total price for all 6 seats: 162 dhs (2.025 dhs per km) – Per seat per km: 0.3375 dhs
- 35 dhs per 100 km per seat = 0.35 dhs per km per seat x 6 seats = 2.1 dhs per km
- 40 dhs per 100 km per seat = 0.4 dhs per km per seat x 6 seats = 2.4 dhs per km

That’s an average of 2.22 dhs per kilometer. (under 0.20 euros)

So a trip from Tangier Morocco to Chefchaouen Morocco (220 km, return)  should cost around 490 dhs (43.62 euros) for the entire taxi. I did exactly that trip in February 2014 and I got the return trip for 600 dhs, the driver waited 4 hours for us in Chefchaouen so that was the extra 100 dhs + tips. We could push the price even more if we had tried.

So based on this average kilometer price and my experience with grands taxis in Morocco , this list is a good negotiation guide line and what price you should aim for:

- Fez to Chefchaouen (one way) 200 kilometer x 2.22 dhs = 444 dhs. (Approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes)
- Tangier to Chefchaouen (return) 220 kilometer x 2.22 dhs = 488.4 dhs. (Approx. 1 hour and 35 minutes – one way)
- Tangier to Asilah (oneway) 52 kilometer x 2.22 dhs =  115.44 dhs. (Approx. 45 minutes)
- Casablanca – Marrakech (oneway)  237 kilometer x 2.22 dhs = 526 dhs. (Approx. 2.5 hours)

Examples are exclude tips and waiting time.

Remember that there is an extra fee from and to the airports.

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Morocco Taxi Tips

In the cities it’s not necessary to give tips, but you can round-up to the nearest 5 dirhams. So if a ride cost 7 dhs give 10. Longer trips in the grand taxis give 10, 20 or 30 dhs, depends on the distance.

Morocco Travel Advice

-  A trip within the central city shouldn’t be more than 10 dirhams. (petits taxis)

- The grand taxis can be found at the ports, bus stations, train stations and the bigger hotels in the cities.

- The best way to prevent yourself from being ripped off is to make sure the taxi meter is set in the petits taxis. If the taxi driver does not want to start it, try to negotiate a specific fare before starting the journey.

- When you have found a grand taxi spot, there is often a person in the group who leads the communication with the tourists (mainly due to their language skills). Make the negotiations with that person and make sure he understand the price, he will give the price to “hes” drivers.

- Always negotiate the price before you get into the taxis. Always have a price ready before you start the negotiations. Have a walk away plan / max price, ready. If you walk they will often give you a better price and start a new negotiation.

- Be aware that there are often no seat belts in the taxis in Morocco. Actually I didn’t saw any taxis with seat belts at all.

- Be also aware, that they often drive with open window, so if you travel in Morocco, off-season it can be very cold in the taxi and in the summer time it can be very hot (there are no air conditioning in these grand taxis)

- The road construction are okay in Morocco and my experience is that the taxi drivers, drive safely. But I will not recommend to take a grands taxa outside the cities at night.

- Be aware if the driver finds another customer along the route heading in the same direction, he will usually pick him or her up too, unless you buy the entire taxi!

-  And my last advice is, that the train is a lot more comfortable than the grand taxis, and it’s much cheaper, so if you travel between the major cities, consider to take the train instead. The standard is good in Morocco.

Hope this is helpful.
Please share your experiences and advise with us by adding a comment!. Thanks.

Typical Grand taxi spot in Morocco

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10 Comments

  1. Isabel

    I read your article regarding taking a taxi from Tangier
    to chefchaouen.  Did I read correctly that you stayed in chefchaouen
    for four hours?  If so, was this enough time?  I am debating if I
    should stay in chefchaouen overnight or if a few hours is enough.
     Also, I get motion sickness rather easily, was the ride smooth or
    pretty windy?

    1. Steffan Jensen

      Hi Isabel,

      Thank you for your comments!
      Yes thats right, we only spent 4 hours in Chefchaouen. We didn’t had more time, the trip along took 4 hours return from/to Tangier in the taxi, and we only had one day in total for that area.
      You can easily spent a whole day in Chefchaouen. Just walk around in the medina, look at the small shops and get a cop of mint tea on the medina square (Kasbah square).
      If we had the time for it, we had spent more time in Chefchaouen, no doubt about that.
      But 4 hours is enough to see the medina (Thats the must important thing to see), so you can save the extra hours to see Fez (Fes), proposals.
      When I travel I prefer to see as much as possible.

      The ride from Tangier to Chefchaouen and back is pretty smooth. The first stage from Tangier to Tetouan is on an main road with a few swings and roundabouts. But the route from Tetouan to Chefchaouen, is up in the mountains, so less smooth. But my experience is that they drive safely, and I get motion sickness easily to, and it was not a problem for me. If you buy the entire taxi, take the front seat, and look always on road and think of the next turn.

      I don’t know if you already had read it, but we have a small article about the blue town – Chefchaouen on this site, as well:
      http://reversehomesickness.com/africa/blue-town-chefchaouen-morocco/

      Hope it helped you!

      Best regards,
      Steffan

  2. Kiwi

    Hi, Steffan,
    In your article, you mentioned “A trip within the central city shouldn’t be more than 10 dirhams. (petits taxis)”, does 10DH cover all seats? or just cover 1 seat?

    Thank you for your help. ^^

  3. Susan

    Hello,
    Thanks for all the informative information on taxi’s, it should come in handy when we travel in May from Tangier airport to Chefchaoune. I am a bit baffled to why I cannot find any information on how or where to find my hotel that is located somewhere in the medina with no signs anywhere.
    I have no idea what I will do when the taxi drops us off in town and we have to walk around chefchaoune looking for our hotel??? I have traveled to many countries but mostly europe and I found them easy to find info on finding your hotel but for some reason I am not getting any help, not even from hotel itself to where to go on finding our hotel. Can you help?
    Thanks.
    Susan

  4. Steffan Jensen

    Hi Susan,
    I’am glad we can help you, and thanks for your comment.
    There are many small hotels in the Medina. There can be many tourists in the area at the high season so I would prebook the hotel and its also easier.

    Here is some information I found on Google

    A stroll through the medina will reveal dozens of cheap hotels, starting from Dh 40 per night for a single. Many of these hotels have roof terraces.

    - Harmony Hotel (room Dh 60 per person, Dh 100 double) located in the medina is good value for solo travellers, who pay less but still get double beds.
    - Hotel Ourzazate (room Dh 60 per person) in the medina is a decent choice with a good location.
    - Hotel Andaluz, 1 Rue Sidi Salem (in the medina),
    Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Chefchaouen (See the full list)

    I found this hotel and it can be booked via booking.com, it’s cheap and located in side the medina (The hotel name is Dar Zambra) – http://booking.com/4527e293e1f103909

    You can find a map (of many of the hotels in the Medina) on booking.com it will maybe help you to find a hotel:
    http://www.booking.com/city/ma/chefchaouene.html

    Hope this will help you!.
    Fill free to ask us again if you have more questions!.
    Have a nice trip! Chefchaouen is a beautiful place :).

    Best regards,
    Steffan

  5. Angie

    Hi Steffan,

    Your info is very useful! I’m planning a trip to Morroco with my friends. Totally 4 girls. The first stop would be Marrekesh. Are the taxi rates there similar?
    How much should we pay for the grand taxi? Do they have a meter?

    Thanks!

    Angie

    1. Steffan Jensen

      Hi Angie,

      I’am glad you find our info useful! and thanks for your comment!.
      The local petits taxis, will be a bit more expensive in the bigger cities like Marrakech. but again, as you probably already had read in this article – A trip within the central city shouldn’t be more than 10 dirhams. (petits taxis).
      Most of the Petits Taxis have a meter. Make sure the taxi meter is set and on or try to negotiate a specific fare before starting the journey. You ‘will’ get ripped of if you don’t follow one of these two tips.

      Hope this will help you!

      Best regards,
      Steffan

  6. naibaho

    Hi Steffan,

    What an useful article! Thanks very much for sharing.  Can I just ask where did you take the grand taxi from? Did you start your journey from the port or from the airport? I was just wondering if there is any possibility the calculation of the taxi fare is slightly different if we take the taxi from the airport? 

    Thanks much.  

    Cheers,
    Uly

    1. Steffan Jensen

      Hi Uly,

      Your are welcome, and thanks for your comment. I got a taxi from the street near the beach in Tangier. You can find Grand Taxi many places in the cities. Your are right I’am pretty sure the price are higher from the Airport. But I’am not sure how much more. You can take the taxi to Tangier centre and then continue your journey from there. The distance is about 12-13 km from the Airport to the Main bus wtation where you can find many Grand taxis. The grand taxi rank is next to the station. Taxi from Tanger airport to Tanger should cost around 150 dirham.

      Cheers,
      Steffan

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