Morocco is a mostly safe country. Violent crime is rare but does happen sometimes. Driving on the highways and on rural roads is usually quite safe , but if you drive in major cities like Casablanca, Tangier, or Marrakech, it can be a challenge. In the large cities it can feel quite chaotic and not orderly at all.
But the roads in Morocco can be diabolical. We journey over the High Atlas Mountains . A steep, winding and rugged road, the main danger is not the drop offs, or the wandering sheep, or even the overloaded trucks.
It is safe to drive in Morocco , but be aware about speed controls so don’t drive faster than allowed. Don’t drive in the dark either and as above take it easy through villages. Avoid to drive in big cities if you are not used to crazy traffic. To go by the car is the best way to see and learn about country.
There is no direct connection from Marrakesh to Atlas Mountains . However, you can take the line 19 Airport Shuttle Bus to Marrakech Airport, take the walk to Marrakech Airport, take the shuttle to Asni, then take the travel to Atlas Mountains .
Driving to Morocco from the UK or EU is pretty straightforward. Vehicle green card or proof of insurance purchased in Morocco (third party insurance is the legal minimum). Check with your insurance company about whether they will issue a green card for Morocco , you may need to pay extra for this. Driving License.
Getting to Morocco – Morocco by car and boat Driving times are generally 30 hours (non stop) from London to Marrakech. Best split over 3 nights in Paris, Madrid and the south of Spain but some do it quicker!
The Foreign Office has advised against trekking alone after two female travellers were killed in the High Atlas Mountains . UK travellers have been advised to hike in groups or with a registered guide after two Scandinavian tourists were found dead in the Morocco’s High Atlas Mountains .
Much like climbing Kilimanjaro, a trek to the summit of Toubkal is very safe . For the most part, this is simply a challenging hike to the summit of a tall mountain with limited exposure to any kind of real danger. Serious injuries to climbers are a rarity, as are fatalities.
Most travel agencies around the world agree that Marrakech is quite safe to visit however certain precautions must be taken before visiting the famous red city. Although the city is beautiful and a feast for the eyes, it’s small narrow streets and crowded areas makes it a particularly appealing place for pickpockets.
Renting a car in Morocco is going to cost you around $25-$40 USD a day, depending on the type of car you get. Our 4 door sedan was about $30 per day.
There are a number of languages of Morocco . The two official languages are Standard Arabic and Tamazight. According to a 2012 study by the Government of Spain, 98% of Moroccans spoke Moroccan Arabic, 63% spoke French, 43% Amazigh, 14% spoke English , and 10% spoke Spanish.
Buses are the cheapest and most popular way to get around Morocco , and they have by far the greatest reach. A complex network of private bus companies crisscrosses the country, with many competing lines covering the most popular routes.