The Traveler’s Guide to Driving in Morocco

Morocco is a fantastic place to spend your next vacation. There are plenty of attractions to visit. You may want to head to Todra Gorge, the Draa Valley, Casablanca, the Marrakech Museum, or the Moroccan Jewish Museum.

Renting a vehicle

One of the best ways to get more out of your vacation is by renting vehicles. You can get to your destinations on your own schedule. You have the freedom of going to all the interesting places you like whenever you would like. Foreign drivers need to have an international driver’s license, and the minimum driving age in Morocco is 21 years old. If you would like to rent a vehicle, you need to be at least 23 years old and have held your license for two years.

There are a number of car rental companies in Morocco. When you rent a vehicle, be sure to get the phone number and emergency contact number in case you need to call them.

Road conditions and safety

While the roads in Morocco are in good condition, mostly paved and easy to drive on, they do not have a good lighting system. This can make driving at night dangerous, especially when driving in the mountainous areas. In Morocco, you will be driving on the right side of the road. You can only use mobile phones if they have a hands-free system.

The Moroccan laws are very strict when it comes to driving under the influence. Having any alcohol in your system at all is against the law. The police presence in the country is heavy. There are often police on the roads, particularly on the main streets in the cities.

Traffic accidents happen regularly in Morocco, often because the drivers are not paying attention to or abiding by the traffic laws. They may not always signal when turning, and they do not always follow the speed limits. Therefore, you should be attentive while driving, especially at night. Everyone in the vehicle needs to be wearing a seatbelt.

Be aware that the stop signs are not always easy to see. In some locations, they are very close to the ground, so you will want to keep an eye out for them.

All of the road signs are in Arabic and French. Those who do not speak and read either of these languages, should learn the basics of one of them so they can travel more easily.

The speed limits

Always obey the speed limits while driving in Morocco, even though some of the locals do not. The speed limits are as follows.

  • In towns – 40 km/h
  • Countryside – 100 km/h
  • Motorway – 120 km/h

Toll roads

Morocco has only two toll roads. One runs from Rabat to Casablanca, while the other one goes from Rabat to Tangiers. The cost of the tolls can change frequently, so be sure you check the price before you start to travel.

Having a rental car will make getting to all of the places you want to visit much easier. Consider renting one.


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