Train travel is an excellent option to get around Morocco. They are quick, inexpensive, and offer a fantastic way to explore the amazing landscapes between cities.
Although there aren’t many trains in Morocco, most tourist spots are well connected. You can hop onboard to explore cities such as Marrakech, Fes and Casablanca or Tangier.
Morocco Train Tickets: Where to Buy
It is easier to purchase train tickets in Morocco by going directly. The ONCF website has information about timetables, prices and where to find them. You can then go to the nearest station to purchase your tickets. Cash is a must! Although you might be able use your credit card, don’t expect to be able.
Train routes are regularly run so you’re unlikely to be disappointed. However, it’s a good idea to book ahead if possible to ensure your spot. You can purchase tickets up to a week in advance and the stations are centrally located so you can grab them whenever you need them.
Morocco Train Ticket Prices
The ONCF website has all the information you need about ticket options and pricing. Although the site is only available in Arabic and French, it’s easy to navigate. You can open the website in your browser and Google Translate will translate it into English. Many ONCF staff can speak English, so you’ll be able to get help at the station.
You have the choice of either first or second class seating for every journey. Prices will vary depending on the route, but first-class seats will rarely cost more than second.
There are a variety of sleeper cars available for night trains. A four-bed couchette is Dh370 (38 USD), while a single compartment costs Dh480 ($50 US), and a double compartment costs Dh690 ($70 US). It’s very affordable, as it covers all your travel and accommodation for the night.
Travel Times: Morocco’s Most Popular Train Routes
You’ll find “rapide” and “ordinaire” trains on some routes. The rapide trains are generally 30% more expensive, but they travel much faster.
Supratours buses are a great option if your cities don’t have train connections. It’s operated by ONCF, and is a reliable means of getting around. A new high-speed (TGV), line will be built to connect Tangier, Rabat and Casablanca.
First Class vs. Second Class
Every train in Morocco is divided into compartments. A first-class compartment can hold six people and a second-class compartment holds eight. You will be assigned a seat when you book first-class. You’ll find the empty seat in second-class when you book first-class.
First class is the best option, as it has very affordable prices. Here you can find travel tickets starting at $20 A seven-day pass is available for as low as $100, with additional discounts for those under 26. This will allow you to travel anywhere in the country.
The class doesn’t matter if you are only traveling for two to three hours. First class is important if you are traveling overnight. There’s nothing worse than arriving exhausted, sweaty, and hungry at your destination.
What to Expect on a Night Train from Morocco
To be honest, I was nervous about the safety and security of an overnight train to Morocco. I traveled with two girls and there was not much information online. When I went to buy my ticket, I discovered that women who travel alone, with children or without a male companion are allocated to female-only cabins.
It was a relaxed atmosphere with a mother and her child, as well as a single woman sharing our cabin. Get the first-class sleeper tickets if you plan to travel by night train.
The trains are generally comfortable. You will be provided with a blanket, a pillow and a water bottle. They can be very hot, especially during summer. Keep hydrated and don’t forget to wear light clothing.