Car Hire in Marrakech
This information is correct as of April 2015
There’s more to Marrakech than the Medina, and you can discover it all when you hire a car. Escape the city on an exciting day trip, pay a visit to the beautiful green Palmeraie on the outskirts of town, or just enjoy the thrill of driving in one of Morocco’s largest cities. Whatever you’re planning to do in your hire car, you can always get the best deal with Skyscanner.
Where to hire a car in Marrakech
Car rental is available at Marrakech-Manera Airport. Further car hire locations are available in the city centre. There are a few car hire companies near Marrakech train station, including Sixt and Car Rental Marrakech. In the centre of Marrakech you’re more likely to find small, independent car hire companies as opposed to big brands. Maltacars have a shop in the Medina, and a huge number of car hire companies (including First Car and Tounssi Car) can be found around Plaza Gueliz.
Driving in Marrakech
Marrakech is a buzzing city, and unfortunately the same applies to its roads. The roads inside Marrakech are constantly congested with traffic and motorbikes. Be prepared to sit in long queues of traffic.
Cars in Morocco drive on the right hand side of the road. Your rental car’s steering wheel will be on the left hand side of the dashboard. It can take a while to get used to this, so take extra care when turning left and overtaking.
Parking in Marrakech
On-street parking is available throughout most of the city. Technically it costs nothing to park, but you will need to tip the traffic attendant around 10 MAD (about 70p) to mind your car. You’ll recognise them by their long blue or brown coats. They will guide you to an empty space, and stop traffic while you pull out. They definitely earn their money. Most of the hotels in the Hivernage neighbourhood have guest car parks. It’s harder to find accommodation with parking in the Medina and Gueliz. Thankfully there are lots of car parks near Djemaa el fna (the main square), which charge around 5 MAD (about 35p) per hour.
Great day trips from Marrakech
Bring your driving license, passport, and rental car paperwork with you if you’re leaving the city. Security roadblocks are quite frequent and the authorities will need to see your documents.
This bohemian coastal town is the perfect foil to the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s medina. The harbour town was designed by the same architect as St Malo in France, and it definitely has a European feel to it. The cool breeze is a blessing during the summer months, while the winding alleys of the town simply beg to be explored. It’s a two and a half hour drive from Marrakech.
This Berber town sits at the foot of the High Atlas mountain range, and is famous for its massive souk which is held every Tuesday. Hike into the foothills to see the Berber villages: the people don’t have much, but they’re very hospitable. Having a few words of French or Arabic to thank them with is always well appreciated.
Fancy a spot of skiing? Head to this posh resort, 90 minutes drive from Marrakech. A day on the slopes should cost no more than 250 MAD (about £17) which is a low price for being able to add skiing in Africa to your list of accomplishments. January and February are the best times to visit.
Prices subject to change