Renting a car in Morocco and driving yourself is a great way to experience this beautiful country. But there are a few things you should know before you embark on a road trip.
Morocco has a bit of a reputation for crazy driving (and drivers!)
But the more we researched, the more we realized renting a car in Morocco wouldn’t be as difficult as we thought, plus it would save us a lot of money.
Here are some important tips we learned from our experience renting a car in Morocco, to help you save money and stay safe while driving around the country!
1. Should You Rent A Car In Morocco?
But if you’re like me, you prefer the challenge of independent travel.
True adventure, with no set schedule or timetable. Driving around Morocco with the freedom to stop anywhere fun you happen to find along the way.
If that’s the kind of traveler you are, renting a car in Morocco is the way to go!
Just keep in mind that driving times in Morocco can be longer than Google tells you. It helps if you have someone else to split the driving with.
Another nice thing about having a car was the ability to store things in the trunk, so you can explore cities with small travel backpacks rather than lugging around a giant suitcase.
2. Where To Rent Your Car In Morocco
The best site to book your car is gocarsnow.com. They search both local and international car rental companies to help you find the best possible price. This is the easiest way to rent a car in Morocco.
We rented our car from the popular city of Marrakech, taking a Southern road trip route towards
3. Car Rental Insurance In Morocco
Much like Europe, rental cars in Morocco come with a basic Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), but this isn’t exactly insurance, and only covers the car for up to 10,000 dirhams ($1000 USD) worth of damage.
While you can often save money if you book your car with a credit card that includes car rental insurance, you REALLY need to read the fine print, because many people wrongly assume their card covers them in Morocco.
4. How Much Does It Cost To Rent A Car In Morocco?
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.
I recommend renting a car with an actual trunk (no hatchbacks) to hide your luggage from prying eyes. It helps prevent break-ins if thieves can’t see your stuff.
Gas (petrol) prices in Morocco might seem cheap to Americans, but remember that the rest of the world quotes gas in Liters, not Gallons (1 Gallon = 3.78 Liters).
Currently, gas costs about $4 per gallon in Morocco. Remember that diesel cars are often cheaper in gas consumption than regular gasoline too.
5. Age Requirements For Renting A Car
The minimum age for driving in Morocco is 18 years old, however most car rental companies enforce their own age limit of 21 years old to rent a car.
6. Moroccan Driving Laws Tourists Should Know
The speed limits in Morocco are generally 60 kph in urban areas and 120 kph on highways. Police speed traps are very common, so pay attention to your speed.
I was actually pulled over for speeding during our road trip outside Ouarzazate, but they let me go after paying a small “fine” (bribe?) of 150 dirhams (about $15 USD).
You might also encounter the occasional police roadblock, but often they just wave tourists through. Or they’ll simply ask you where you’re headed.
Moroccans drive on the right side of the road, just like in the United States. So you shouldn’t have any issues there (unless you’re British!).
7. International Driver’s License
No, you do not need an international driver’s license to drive in Morocco or rent a car there. Just bring your passport, credit card, and your driver’s license from your home country.
8. Tips For Driving In Morocco
Learn how to navigate the roundabout! Morocco is full of roundabouts rather than stoplights, and if you’re new to them, you might piss off the locals or get in a fender-bender.
Road traffic in Morocco comes in all types, sizes, and species! Be prepared to dodge scooters, over-filled trucks, buses, bicycles, donkeys, sheep, camels, pedestrians, and more. It can be mayhem at times, especially in the cities.
Honking your horn in Morocco is a form of everyday communication. It means all sorts of things, not just “get out of my way!” Honk to thank people for letting you pass, or to encourage camels to cross the road. Don’t be afraid of your horn!
Avoid driving your rental car at night in Morocco. Street lighting is minimal, and road markings can be too. Not to mention people or animals suddenly appearing in the middle of the road.
Many Moroccans will use their turn signals to let you know when it’s safe to pass them. For example, a big slow moving truck going uphill. They’ll hit their blinkers when the road is clear ahead, so you don’t have to guess.
Enjoy Your Moroccan Road Trip!