Morocco is an easy country to navigate. Here’s some information that will ease your experience in the country:
Although the roads in Morocco are quite good, driving is not for the faint hearted. Driving after dark is not recommended as animals may dart out into the road, and moped drivers are not required to have lights. The official speed limit outside towns is 62 miles per hour (100 KM/h). A four-wheel drive vehicle is recommended for the mountain and desert areas. National licenses are accepted; however, international driving licenses are recommended.
Grands taxis seat six passengers and will take fares between towns or to destinations out of town. Fares should be negotiated. Petits taxis operate only in town and will carry up to three people. Passengers should check the meter.
Morocco has the most comfortable and efficient train lines in Africa. The network of L’Office National des Chemins de Fers (ONCF) goes as far south as Marrakesh, links up with Safi, el Jadida, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Fez, Meknes and Oujda. First and second-class carriages are air-conditioned. Tickets are purchasable at the station.
Buses offer an inexpensive, reliable way to travel in Morocco as well as an excellent way to meet local people. On longer routes, there are several companies offering comfortable, regularly scheduled buses. They include CTM (Compagnie de Transports Marocains) and STAS, which connects conveniently to the train service, ONCF. Bus fares are about 20% cheaper than train fares. Express coaches run along the southwest and northern coasts, where the railway doesn’t run.
Visitors can travel from Spain to Morocco by ferry in two-and-a-half hours from Algciras to Tangier. The cost one way per person is approximately $25 and the cost for a car is approximately $80.
Banks are open Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am and 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm during the summer. They close earlier, at 2pm, in the summer, and hours vary during Ramadan.
Shops and Souks and generally open from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Government Offices are open from Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm – 6:30 pm; Friday, 8:30 am – 11:30 am and 3:00 pm–6:30 pm.
Public Internet cafes provide very reasonable access to the Web and email in all major cities and administrative centers. Costs vary from 10-20 dh per hour of use.
The country code for Morocco is 212. The outgoing international code is 00.
Fax services are available in many hotels, and in “Teleboutiques” which offer telecom services to the public.
January 1 – New Years Day
January 11 – Independence Day
March 6* Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)
May 1 Labor Day
May 23 National Day
June 4 Mouloud (the Prophet’s Birthday)
July 30 Coronation Day
August 14 Reunification Day
August 20 King’s and People’s Revolution Day
August 21 His Majesty Mohammed VI’s Birthday
November 6 Anniversary of the Green March
November 18 Independence Day
December 27* Eid al-Fitr (end of Ramadan)
* These holidays are part of the Islamic occur approximately 10 days earlier each year.
Unlike other Muslim countries, which include Friday, the Muslim day of rest, as part of the weekend, the weekend in Morocco consists of Saturday and Sunday.