This guide will show you all the options about how to get from Marrakech airport to downtown, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs and start your trip in the best possible way.
In the Menara International Airport of Marrakech, located about 6 kilometers from the center, most of the large companies including low cost land such as Ryanair, Vueling and EasyJet land. And despite being close to the city, transfer by public transport is not as easy as you might think, so you have to choose well to have a good first contact with the city.
Based on the experience of our trip to Marrakech and Essaouira, we tell you the different ways of how to make the transfer from the airport to Marrakech or your hotel.
The bus is the only means of public transport that performs the transfer from Marrakech airport to downtown. Tickets are purchased directly on the bus and it is almost essential to indicate to the driver the hotel where you are staying, so that he will notify you when I arrive at the nearest stop. If your destination is in the famous Jamaa el Fna square, you will realize it being the stop where most people get off.
The two bus lines that make the journey from the airport to Marrakech are:
- Bus 19: This bus, which operates between 6 am and 9:30 pm, passes through the most important places in the city such as Plaza Jemaa el Fna, Gueliz, several hotels, the bus station and the train station. The journey costs less than 3 euros and takes about 20 minutes to reach the first stop, the Jemaa el Fna Square. The exit of the bus is from the arrivals terminal 2, crossing the taxi zone.
- Bus 11: This local bus will take you from Marrakech airport to the city center, stop at Jemaa el Fna Square, for just over half a euro. The disadvantages are that you will have to walk about 10 minutes to the stop, it does not have much space for luggage and it takes much longer to cover the distance by having several intermediate stops.
Recommendation: If your hotel is located in a narrow street of the Medina and you do not locate it, you can ask for help from a place that, by a small tip, accompanies you to the door of your accommodation.
This was our case when we stayed at the recommended Riad Assalam, located just 10 minutes from the Jamaa el Fna Square, which we did not find when we arrived on the first day and we were able to locate thanks to the help of a neighbor who accompanied us.
The riads are small and old Arab palaces with an inner courtyard that have been adapted as hotels and that for us are the best accommodation option to have a complete experience in Marrakech.
Streets of the Medina
A last option would be to rent a car to make the transfer from the Marrakech airport to the center, although due to the chaotic traffic of the city and the few parking possibilities in the Medina, it is not recommended.
Once you are in Marrakech, you can prepare your routes around the city with these guides optimized according to the days you have: