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Travelling Morocco by train

Morocco by train

I must admit that I was curious. Before our departure to Morcocco I  read a lot about travelling in Morocco by train. Everyone stated that it was a  great experience and the most comfortable way to get around.

I decided to give it a try and bought a train ticket for the eight-hour journey from Fez to Marrakech. In the end I found out that I totally agree with all these positive reviews.

Whenever you visit Morocco don’t miss the chance to make this experience yourself.

Bad news first:

The Moroccan train network is not very extensive and if you travel towards Southern Morocco and have no rental car you will depend on buses. But still the train network covers a lost of the touristic spots in the country. For example you can visit all imperial cities by train.

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Let’s switch to the positive aspects:

Reasonable prices- even if you decide to travel first class .

For the eight-hour train ride from Fez to Marrakech I paid including the seat reservation roundabout 30 Euro. Children under 4 travel for free and children between 4 and 12 pay a reduced fare. In first class you will travel with up to five other people in one compartment. If possible try to buy your ticket a day before departure if you are travelling first class This applies escpecially if you travel on public holidays.

You don’t need to bring food and refreshments but can buy everything aboard the train.

The reasonably priced sandwiches are tasty and kill any upcoming hunger. In Ramadan time it might be a good idea to bring some food with you.

It is  pure nostalgy.

The look of the compartments and  the noises of the train made me feel as if time had been turned back. It really felt like travelling – not just like getting from one place to the other. I  enjoyed leaning back and having a view on the landscape outside accompanied by a Tuuuuuuuuut from time to time.

Felicia im Zug

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It is a good chance to get in touch with locals and learn more about the country.

If you spend hours together in a train compartment you will surely talk to your fellow passengers. We had a good mix of tourists and locals in our compartment. I gained an insight how British tourists experience Morocco and  how locals see tourists travelling their country.

Information on timetables and prices can be found on the ONCF-Website.

On Youtube you can find numerous videos on this topic giving a good impression of what a train journey in Morocco may look like.

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