Euros and (US and CAD – not Australian) dollars are always accepted in Morocco and you will save time bringing cash to convert, doing away with bank lineups or non-active cash machines to acquire dirhams. You can also use your debit card at bank machines. Australian $ are not accepted at this time.
You will always get a better rate of exchange in Morocco , as the dirham is a closed currency and not normally available outside Morocco . So rates here are never good. Although your riad may not provide currency exchange , you will not have to go far to find a bank or bureau de change .
You can get Moroccan Dirhams in some UK airports ( up to 1000 Dirhams ) but the exchange rate is very low ( you loose about 2 Dirhams per pound ). You can exchange currency at any airport in Morocco when you arrive.
While meal prices in Morocco can vary, the average cost of food in Morocco is MAD114 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Morocco should cost around MAD46 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner.
In fact, many things in Morocco are more expensive than in Europe, like cars, electronics and alcohol. Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. There are a lot of rich people and a lot of poor people. Therefore, luxury items and imported goods are significantly more expensive than in Europe.
It is true that most young Moroccan women don’t wear a veil – though they may well wear a headscarf – and in cities Moroccan women wear short-sleeved tops and knee-length skirts. But as a result, they may then suffer more harassment. Men may wear sleeveless T-shirts and above-the-knee shorts.
If you choose the skirt option, just be aware that most Moroccan women will not be wearing short skirts. Maxi dresses and maxi skirts are a great way to keep cool, but you might want to put a scarf around your shoulders if they are bare for both modesty and the sun.
There is no “rule of thumb” per se regarding tipping in Morocco . Moroccans themselves might only leave a few dirhams on a 150 dirhams dinner bill. At many of the upmarket restaurants in the tourist areas they will add 10% to the bill, therefore check your bill.
Morocco travel adaptors For Morocco there are two associated plug types, types C and E. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type E is the plug which has two round pins and a hole for the socket’s male earthing pin. Morocco operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.
You’ll need to wait until you arrive in Morocco to exchange cash . As mentioned previously, because it’s a closed currency you’ll most likely need to exchange cash upon arrival in Morocco .
You can use credit and debit card in towns and tourist areas in Morocco . Visa and Mastercard are most widely accepted. If you usually use an Amex card , you’ll need to take an alternative card or carry enough cash for your trip, as you may not be able to find an ATM to withdraw cash easily.
The dirham is fairly stable, with no major fluctuations in exchange rates. Euros , US dollars and British pounds are the most easily exchanged currencies. In the Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla, the currency is the euro . The Moroccan banks on the enclaves’ borders exchange cash only.
The best time to visit Morocco is during spring (mid- March to May ) or fall ( September to October ). The weather is warm but pleasant, unlike the cold temperatures and snow of winter, or the scorching heat of summer.
A vacation to Marrakech for one week usually costs around MAD3,850 for one person. So, a trip to Marrakech for two people costs around MAD7,700 for one week. Two people traveling together for one month in Marrakech can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.