Cheap Flights to Morocco
- Area : 710,850 km² (446,550 km²)
- Area Codes : +212
- Currency : Moroccan dirham (MAD)
- Population(2014) : 33,848,242
- Official Languages : Arabic, Berger, Darija, French
- Time Zone : WET (UTC+0) / Summer (DST) WEST (UTC+1)
- Airports : Casablanca-Mohammed V, Marrakesh
Travellers flying to Casablanca-Mohammed V Airport in Morocco can choose from one of many airlines to suit their budgets and specific needs. Seek out the cheapest available flights to Morocco or watch out upcoming specials on flights to Morocco from South Africa and have more money to spend on your Moroccan holiday! The average Morocco to South Africa flight time is just over 12 hours with a direct flight to Morocco.
If you are flying Cape Town to Morocco you can expect a slightly longer flight duration of almost 17 hours.
Airlines landing at Casablanca-Mohammed V airport comprise the following:
- British Airways
- Air France
- TAAG Angola
Reasons to Visit Morocco
- Located on the north coast of Africa, separated from Spain by the Strait of Gibraltar with the Mediterranean and Atlantic flowing onto its shores, Morocco affords some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, eight verdant National Parks and the magnificent Atlas Mountains down its middle. Morocco rightly received an award for the most popular travel destination in the world for 2015. The country’s capital city Rabat lies off banks of the Bouregreg River and the Atlantic coastline, north of Casablanca, its largest city.
- Cheap flights to Morocco from South Africa are readily available on our website throught the year
- The country has a long history of numerous ruling dynasties that’s evident in the architectural designs of its many splendid historical buildings and monuments. There are unspoilt mountain villages set in lush vegetation with Berber people still living the relaxed way.
- Each city offers something special including its own unique charm. There are bustling exotic bazaars for bargain shopping, many excellent restaurants, museums, theatres and cinemas. The gorgeous beaches provide swimming, tanning, surfing or just pure relaxation while the striking Todra Gorges afford rock climbing or hiking. Get energised from an exhilarating river rafting experience within the Atlas, take a camel ride into the quiet desert, have dinner under a star-lit sky, go snow skiing or paragliding for panoramic views.
- There is a wonderful variety of accommodation in addition to the many 2 to 5-star hotel establishments, guesthouses and hostels. Stay in an urban Riad in the old city or the fortress of a Kasbah, an Auberge, a lodge or Inn thats a small, basic rural hotel or an Eco-Lodge. Booking accommodation in advance is necessary for periods when celebrations are taking place.
- Casablanca-Mohammed V is the country’s busiest airport with another four major airports on the coast and three inland, west of the mountain ranges. Additionally, there are 11 sea ports and a fabulous network of main or minor roads leading to every town, city and port allowing travellers uncomplicated access to all cities and attractions.
Places to Visit in Morocco
- Marrakesh: The city of Marrakesh is a rich mix of old and new that oozes with a colourful, noisy energy and its old city, a web of narrow alleyways with enticing shops and pleasing aromas. Located inland between El-Jadida and Ouarzazate, the city has plenty of accommodation, superb restaurants, museums, monuments, stunning old buildings, ski and amazing desert experiences with five water and amusement parks.
- The city’s famous landmark, the Koutoubia Mosque built in 1162 proudly displays Almohad architecture. The Medersa Ben Youssef, built by the Saadians in 1566 presents an exquisite Islamic style as does the Saadian Tombs and, equally impressive is the 12th century Almoravid Koubba, the city’s oldest monument. The Marrakesh Museums striking elegant exterior draws its visitors and the Bahia Palace, first built in 1866 affords a glimpse into opulent living with a glittering display of zellige tiles, elaborate wrought-iron features and beautifully painted ceilings.
- Housed in an intricately beautiful building, the Dar Si Said Museum of Moroccan Arts and Crafts affords an amazing collection of Berber jewellery, pottery, leather, carpets and other items.
- In the heart of Marrakesh is Manara Gardens, a hidden gem of tranquillity and an easy escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
- The old mountain village of Imlil with a laid back relaxed feeling, set in lush surroundings affords a luxurious night in a restored fortress, converted to an excellent hotel.
- Capital city Rabat goes back to 1146 and is one of four Imperial cities. It’s the administrative and political hub of Morocco, renowned for its Islamic and French-colonial landmarks including the Kasbah of the Udayas, a Berber royal fortress and the outstanding Bouregret Marina, home to some of the most famous historical sites with the marina accommodating over 200 boats.
- Casablanca, a port city lying off the west coast and going back to the 7th century is Morocco’s commercial hub. The beautiful white massive Casablanca Cathedral built in 1930 is a sight to behold as is the impressively huge Hassan II Mosque with its 210-meter minaret. The Casablanca Twin Centre is a masterpiece of modern architecture and if there in May, don’t miss the Amazing Theatre Festival that focuses on the Berber people and features a great variety of acts including puppetry, masks and miming.
Getting Around Morocco
Getting around Morocco is fairly easy with a public transport network of trains, buses and collective taxis, known as grands that cover most of the country. For inaccessible areas larger transit-vans and Berber trucks are used. Driving yourself allows more time to see the many wonderful places with the excellent network of roads but beware of aggressive Moroccan drivers and road chaos during Ramadan and other festivals.
The state’s Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF) operates comfortable and safe rail services that link with most cities west of the Atlas Mountains including Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangier, Meknes and Fes. ONCFs subsidiary, Supratours runs buses to other destinations that link up with the rail network.
ONCF has two different trains, the Train Navette Rapide (TNR) and Train Rapide climatisé (TRC). Virtually all inner city services are operated by TRC trains with air-conditioning, 1st and 2nd class travel, snacks and refreshments and smoking permitted in the carriageway, not in compartments. Tickets can be purchased at the station or on the train with cash only or from approved travel agents. Reservations for couchettes can be made two months prior to travel with one month applicable to 1st class tickets for other journeys, but reservations can only be made within Morocco. 2nd class tickets cannot be reserved. It’s advisable to pre-book your preferred compartment, especially for overnight travel and during the festivals when they sell out fast. Hold on to your tickets in case a conductor is doing a check, and its valid for 5 days. A return ticket is exactly double of a single and any trip with a Supratours (Rail & Road ticket) service is only applicable for one-way travel.
Luggage that includes bicycles and surfboards etc can easily be taken aboard as carry-on and luggage storage is available at most stations for up to 24 hours.
Timetables hardly change except during Ramadan and the festivals of Eid al Fitr and Eid al Adha when additional transport is required and special schedules are arranged to accommodate passengers. Visitors can view timetables normally posted within the station, request a printout from the counter detailing specific stations or view departure and arrival times on the ONCF website.
Buses are the most favoured, cheapest mode of travel and comprise a private network of different bus companies Bus stations in Morocco are called gare routière and while most towns have one or more, they could be just a piece of ground or something similar to western bus stations. They’re situated outside the heart of the town but petit’s taxis are normally waiting nearby. If travelling to a popular area, buy your tickets in advance and get to the terminus early and remember luggage is charged for by most companies.
There are four main contenders:
- The most reliable being CTM (Compagnie de Transports Marocains) with routes around the entire country, fixed schedules and their own terminals.
- SATAS and Trans Ghazala are the best of the private lines servicing mainly the north and south.
- Supratours in conjunction with ONCF travels to areas south of Marrakech and to Tetouan and Nador in the north, affording a point-to-point service. The service has designated stops and departs from the train station or their office.
Overnight services for long-distance routes like Casablanca to Tangier or Fes to Marrakech are provided by certain operators, including CTM and very popular during the hot months.
Collective taxis, old Mercedes Benz sedans, weave through the streets day and night, between villages and towns. They stand at ranks, near train and bus stations and in the street and must be full before departing. Journeys are short taking four passengers in the back with two in front. With fixed tariffs, drivers rarely attempt to overcharge but driving fatigue from long hours makes travelling during the day a safer option.
Found in all large towns and cities, these petit taxies are small 4-door vehicles convenient for fast and cheap trips. The tariff goes up 50% after 20h00 and each city has its own specific colour for its vehicles. Always insist the meter is used.
Visitors can hire vehicles at airports and in cities from a variety of rental companies including Sixt and Europcar. Rental companies have a 21-year-old age restriction, although the legal driving age in the country is 18.