Marrakech is located at the foot of the High Altas and is one of Morocco’s royal cities. The city is also nicknamed the “Pearl of the South” and was once an important caravan port in Morocco.
The old town is worth seeing. Winding and narrow streets, historic houses, gardens and the souk attract visitors. The city is very touristy and it is quite difficult to walk through the city without being approached by merchants, “tour guides” or children.
Life in the city is loud, lively and vibrant. It is worth taking a short trip to Marrakech.
City trip to Marrakech – our tips
Discover the most interesting places during a short trip to Marrakech.
Crisscrossing the medina of Marrakech, our way led us until we finally reached the Maison de la Photographie de Marrakech. As already with our other ways by the Medina I was really glad that our navigation system on the cell phone functioned well. At some intersections we had to look then nevertheless, since we did…
Marrakech travel information
Marrakech airport is located about 6 kilometers from the city center. Many European airlines fly to Marrakech.
From the airport, for example, you can take a petit taxi into the town for about €7 (70 MAD). There is a board with fixed prices, but the drivers like to haggle them up.
In front of the arrival terminal there is also a bus (hourly) to the city. The ride costs about 30 MAD per person. Supposedly, you can also pay in euros and thus avoid changing money at the airport.
We had a private driver pick us up. The advantage: a brand new air-conditioned car and a ride to the door of the riad.
Barely 2 kilometers from the city center is the train station. From there trains run regularly to the north of Morocco. Train connections to the south do not exist.
There are buses from almost all major cities in Morocco to Marrakech. There are different providers with different standards.
From the north of Morocco, Marrakech can be reached via the A7 highway, coming from Casablanca, or via the N7 from the Fes/Meknes area.
On the way in
Petit taxis are a good and cheap way to get around the city. The taxi drivers like to bargain and try to get a high price from the passengers. Most of the time, half of the asked price is realistic.
The medina can be discovered very well on foot. Beware of the many self-proclaimed “tour guides” who like to lead you through the city for a little money. Often you can only reach your destination with a detour.
The national currency is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD).
ATMs can be found at banks, in hotels and near the post office. The service language is Arabic, French and English. The service can be very different and often friendly people come to help, which one should then absolutely get rid of.
Attention: European cards are usually blocked for countries like Morocco for security reasons, you have to have them unblocked, but usually this can be done online at short notice.
Many Moroccans speak French, likewise many inscriptions, references etc. are in French. In Marrakech, English is also often understood and sometimes spoken, as well as German.
In the arrival hall of the airport – directly after passport control – the mobile phone providers Inwi and Orange are represented. Here you can get SIM cards, which are also installed and activated on the spot.
Public toilets are available. They are mostly just squat toilets without toilet paper. Here you clean yourself traditionally with your left hand and the water from the tap next to it.
There are also sit-down toilets in museums and better restaurants. However, these are occasionally misused as squat toilets, as can be seen from the shoe prints on the toilet seat then. Not always there is toilet paper here, sometimes there is also a toilet woman who distributes toilet paper at the entrance.