“The gladdest moment in human life, methinks, is a departure into unknown lands.” – Sir Richard Burton
Morocco is becoming more and more popular. Between 2004 and 2018, the number of international flights to Morocco has doubled. This is, in part, thanks to some of the country’s larger cities becoming more popular.
From the Jardin Majorelle to the Atlas Mountains, Marrakech (or Marrakesh) is a great way to discover Moroccan cuisine, mint tea, Moroccan hammams, Berber tents, riads, or the city walls. If you’re looking for something sunny and a bit different, Marrakech has you covered.
In this article, we’re looking at how much it costs to stay in Marrakech, getting around the city, attractions in the city, and how to organise your trip.
More and more tourists are choosing to visit Marrakech. The sun, riads, desert, cuisine, mint green tea, and Moroccan culture are all driving factors and Marrakech is one of the cities you have to visit when you go to Morocco.
There’s plenty of artisanal products in Marrakech. (Source: DEZALB)
So how much does a trip to Morocco cost?
To get to Morocco, there are plenty of airlines offering affordable flights. Destinations include Rabat, Casablanca, Essaouira, and, of course, Marrakech. A flight is the cheapest way to get to the city. There are flights from London, Liverpool, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham, and Bristol.
The cost of the flights depends on the season. Flights are often more expensive in the summer months than in January or February, for example. You should keep this in mind when budgeting.
You then need to consider accommodation. This part of your budget will completely depend on the type of traveller you are and where you like to stay. You can get a bed in a youth hostel for as little as £5 or a luxury hotel for £200 a night. You need to decide what you’re willing to pay.
When it comes to transport, you don’t need to worry too much about the cost. Taxis are the main mode of transport in the city. A trip will cost you a couple of quid.
Similarly, tourist attractions and activities won’t cost you an arm and a leg either. A lot of attractions are free or cheap. On the other hand, you can always put money aside to get something artisanal in Marrakech’s souks. Even though you can barter, tourists can quickly end up spending more money than they’d planned.
A trip to Marrakech can cost between €300 and €1,500 depending on how you plan to spend your time there. Marrakech is a good destination for all budgets.
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Choosing accommodation or places to stay will make up a large part of planning your trip to Marrakech. Whether you opt for luxury hotels, boutique hotels, guest rooms, holiday flats, campsites, villas with a pool, or Airbnbs, there are plenty of options for tourists looking for accommodation and hotels in Marrakech.
You can even sleep on the roofs of some of the buildings in Marrakech. (Source: Sarah_Loetscher)
They should look for riads, too. Inspired by traditional Moroccan homes, riads are built around a central patio and greenery. They’re a charming part of Moroccan cities and it’d be a shame not to spend a night in one of them. Furthermore, they come in all sorts of prices. This is a great opportunity for travellers to enjoy the Moroccan atmosphere.
There are even youth hostels in riads. These budget hotels are a great way to visit Marrakech on a budget. A night in a dormitory in a hostel can cost between £8 and £15 depending on where it is. Of course, they’re not as luxurious or comfortable as a classic hotel but you can spend the evening on the terrace enjoying the warmth.
Of course, it’s not just youth hostels and hotels you can stay in. The site Airbnb is a significant part of the accommodation market. It allows travellers to rent a room or an entire apartment to stay in. This is useful if you’re travelling in a group.
For those who are perhaps a little more adventurous, you can take a campervan or tent to a campsite. Of course, these are often outside of the city but you can get back to the city centre by bus or shuttle.
If you would prefer to stay in the city, opt for the Medina and enjoy Marrakech’s riads and historic city centre. This is the perfect place to check out the souks and the authentic part of the city.
To find accommodation in Morocco, don’t hesitate to look at sites like Hotels.com, Booking.com, or Trivago and compare the cost of hotels in different parts of the city. There are also sites like Couchsurfing, HelpX, and WorkAway if you’re looking for free accommodation. Everyone can find the right accommodation for them.
Find out more about accommodation in Marrakech.
To get the most out of your time in Marrakech, you might want to look for the best things to see before you go there. This way, you won’t miss anything.
The Majorelle Gardens are a must-see in Marrakech. (Source: lucamenegatti0)
There are tonnes of things to visit in the city. From the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the Palmeraie, there’s plenty of places worthy of your time. Here are a few of them:
There are also natural sites outside of the city that are worthy of your time. This is particularly the case with the Ouzoud Falls. Despite often being filled with tourists, Morocco’s tallest waterfalls are quite peaceful. You can relax there and spend a few hours eating or just enjoying the surroundings.
Finally, the Agafay Desert is also a good place for tourists to visit. This desert filled with rock and sand is an impressive piece of arid nature. Oases nourish the flora and fauna, making this is one of the trips you should take outside of Marrakech. It’s a good way to get away from the hustle and bustle of Jemaa el-Fna.
Find out more about the sights in Marrakech.
When you visit Marrakech, you can’t just spend all your time in the Medina. There are plenty of places worthy of your time just a few kilometres away.
You’ll need the right footwear for getting around Marrakech. (Source: elbasrikhadija)
So which mode of transport should you use?
The most common way to get around Marrakech is by taxi. Marrakech’s little beige taxis run around the city centre and surrounding areas for between £2 and £3 per trip, depending on how far you go. Make sure you get the driver to put the meter on! If they refuse, don’t get in the taxi or mention that you’ll contact the Tourist Police and everything will soon be sorted out.
Taking the taxi around Marrakech is the most effective and economical way to get around. In places like the Medina, where cars aren’t allowed, you’ll have to travel on foot. Tourists often need to find their way around by asking the local merchants who know the area better than the back of their hand.
You can also rent a bike or ride in a tuk-tuk to get around Medina. These are nice ways to get around the neighbourhood.
Carriages can take you around the other neighbourhoods in the city. They tend to cost around £10 per hour and allow tourists to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings without having to rush.
We wouldn’t recommend renting a car. Driving in Marrakech is quite complicated and you probably don’t want to get into any trouble on your trip. On the other hand, if you’re comfortable with driving abroad, you can rent a car to visit outside of the city.
Find out more about transport in Marrakech.
Whether you spend time in a boutique hotel spa, guesthouse, souk, roof terrace, aquapark, or trekking around the old city, you’ll probably want to learn a bit more about Arabic, the most common language spoken in Marrakech.
If you’re thinking about learning some Arabic, you should consider getting private Arabic tutorials from one of the many talented tutors on Superprof. Many of them offer free tutoring for the first hour so you can try a few of them and see who’s best for you and who you get along with.
You can get one-on-one tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each type of tutorial has its pros and cons so choose carefully according to your learning objectives and learning style.