Marrakech Airports

Marrakech’s airport, the Menara Airport is the second most important in Morocco. The international airport has dozens of daily direct flights from London, Dublin, Oslo, Paris, Madrid and many other cities from all over Europe; you’ll also find, low cost and big air companies that go to and from the airport. Find below more information on the Menara Airport and how to get to the city from there.

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Airports in Marrakech

The airport itself is about ten kilometers from the city center, making the trip by car a short 15-minute ride. There aren’t any other airports in Marrakech, so you don’t have to worry about finding out which airport you’ll be arriving at or leaving from.

 Arriving there:

  •  You will need an embarkation card before arriving at the queue for passport control, so make sure you have a pen on you.
  • There are money-changing outlets in the Arrival halls where you can exchange your money.
  • There is one ATM in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 2.
  • You can purchase a SIM card in a booth at the arrival hall.

Transportation from the airport:

There are two ways you can get from the Marrakech airport to downtown – either by bus or by taxis.  

  •  Taxis - The taxi “journey” starts before you even leave the airport. You’ll find hoards of taxi companies coming up to you trying to get you to ride with them – but do not surrender yet! These companies usually have much higher rates and simply walking outside of the airport to the parked taxis outside gives you an instantly lower price.
  • By Bus - For a fun trip try taking a bus! It will give you a nice tour around the city as the journey goes through multiple stops, giving you a quick overview of the city. The bus service (line 19) has hourly departures from 6.30 a.m to 11:30 p.m so if you’re arriving really late at night or early in the morning do not depend on the bus.
  • Extra: Pick up and airport transfer services - You can also pre-book a private bus transfer in advance to avoid the hassle of negotiating, getting on buses, or finding a way to get from the Marrakech airport to downtown. Your driver will immediately pick you up after you’ve passed customs and will take care of everything from that moment onwards.

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Best of Marrakech: Highlights and Hidden Gems tour

Seven of us girlfriends were headed to Marrakech for 4 nights. We weren't sure what all we wanted to do. In researching, I came across the site "with locals." We knew then that we wanted to start with a local guide to help us get our bearings around the medina. We came across Khalil and realized he was going to be perfect for the 7 of us. We immediately booked him. I really appreciated hearing from Khalil before we even left on our trip. It made us feel very comfortable knowing he was going to be there for us.
Khalil was highly knowledgeable, polite, flexible, and spoke English impeccably. By The best part about the tour was the fact that Khalil knew the optimal time to visit each site so that we could avoid crowds (and how to get in quicker.) This completely changed the entire experience. My friends and I were able to wander around the palace while he gave us our own private tour which was absolutely incredible. Khalil shared a lot of interesting historical facts and information about the palace and the old city. We also appreciated his insights about Morocco as a whole and his experience growing up there. We ended up keeping him the whole day and part of the next day. The last day, he arranged a driver to take us to the Palmeraie where we could ride camels. That was so cool. We also tried to see the Garden Majorelle, but the lines were too long. I would suggest going there first. By the end of the week, we felt that not only had we found a terrific guide, but made a new friend. Mary

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The Magic of Marrakech by Night tour

The best decision we made when visiting Marrakech was to join Jaafar on two tours during our first two days in the city. On our first morning, Jaafar oriented and educated us on the geography, culture, history, and people of the city. His "Best of Marrakech: Highlights and Hidden Gems Tour" gave us a strong sense of the city's special place in history as a cultural crossroad and melting pot. Jaafar also proved expert in informing and guiding our choices when it came to dining, shopping, and simply enjoying our time in the city.

I cannot imagine a more gracious guide and host. Jaafar's up close and personal insight was key to our understanding how the city evolved over the centuries. As a Marrakech native, he off-handedly navigated labyrinthine passageways and corridors into parts of the city we would have easily missed, or not dared venture into, no matter how many guide books we had read. He was attentive to our needs and preferences, tailoring the tour to our personal interests all along the way.

Jaafar is well-read and has a knack of bringing the city's history alive in real-time. Whether looking out over the site of the city's first brick mosque or standing under an intricately carved marqanas vault, Jaafar discussed not only the architecture, but also the social, religious, and aesthetic sensibilities they represented. He proved equally knowledgeable and conversant in the rulers, artisans, and tradesmen that influenced the city's evolution in its design and traditions.

Jaafar followed up with us the next evening with "The Magic of Marrakech by Night Tour." Simply put, the tour was the highlight of our visit. It ranged from a stroll through the nighttime frenzy of the souks, a tajine dinner in Jemaa el Fna, a cold drink from a balcony overlooking the square, and tastings of uniquely Moroccan fare from the food stalls. The evening ended with Jaafar walking us around the various entertainers and explaining the differences in the music and dances of the Berbers, Arabs, and others.

In short, we would give Jaafar an 11 out of 10 rating if possible. His knowledge is only exceeded by his personable, kind, and attentive nature. That, in the end, is what makes him such a phenomenal guide.

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Best of Marrakech: Highlights and Hidden Gems tour

Can't think of a better way to start a visit to Marrakech. It can seem a bit overwhelming/confusing...but spending a few hours with Jaafar showing you around, and sharing the history, and you have a great sense of the city and where you want to explore more. In addition to being knowledgable, we give Jaafar major thanks for never steering us into stores etc....something that is all too common in Marrakech.