How to Easily Travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen

Tangier and Chefchaouen are two of the most beautiful cities in Morocco. The good news is that it is extremely easy to travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen.

So you have no excuse not to visit both cities on your trip to Morocco!

Tangier is a popular port city, and a lot of people arrive in Morocco through the Tangier port. There are ferries that take you from southern Portugal to Tangier, and a lot of people choose to take the ferry over flying to Morocco.

So, if you’re coming from Portugal or Spain, you’ll likely be arriving in Tangier and then can easily visit Chefchaouen on your trip as well!

The best way to travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen is by taking the public bus. It’s quick, comfortable, and affordable. If you don’t want to take the bus, your other options include taking a taxi, renting a car and driving, or going on a guided tour.

This guide will break down everything you need to know about travelling from Tangier to Chefchaouen, so you can decide what option is best for you.

By the end of the article, you’ll have a better idea how you want to travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen and can confidentially book your transportation method!

Solo travel in Morocco

Before We Get Started

One of the things I dislike the most about travelling is figuring out how to travel from one city to another.

All the information I need is rarely in the same place, and it takes way longer to figure out my transportation strategy than it should.

That’s why I write these transportation guides for you!

Hopefully they make your travel planning a little bit easier.

If you’re planning a larger trip around Morocco, here are some other transportation guides that may help you easily plan your trip.

Taking the Bus from Tangier to Chefchaouen

The easiest and cheapest way to travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen is to take the bus.

There are plenty of buses that travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen each day, so you can travel at whatever time is convenient for you.

How Long Does the Bus from Tangier to Chefchaouen Take?

The bus from Tangier to Chefchaouen takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes.

This can change slightly based on road conditions and traffic jams, but, in general, you should be in Chefchaouen in less than 2.5 hours!

Tangier, Morocco

How Much Does a Bus Ticket Cost?

The cost of a bus ticket to Chefchaouen varies a little bit depending on what day of the week and time of day you travel.

If you travel during peak times on a weekend, you’ll end up paying a bit more than if you took the bus during non-peak times on the weekend.

Even if you end up paying a bit more for your ticket, it still won’t break the bank.

You can expect to pay between 50MAD and 90MAD for your bus ticket from Tangier to Chefchaouen. That’s between $5USD and $10USD.

Not a bad deal at all!

Where to Purchase Bus Tickets

You need to go to the bus station to purchase you bus tickets.

You can purchase them on the day of your departure or purchase them in advance. The bus route from Tangier to Chefchaouen is very busy, so if you need to leave at a very specific time, you may want to purchase your tickets in advance to make sure you get the departure time you want.

If you show up to the bus station on the day of your departure and purchase a ticket, the next bus may already be sold out, and you may need to wait for the bus that leaves after it.

Don’t worry if that happens to you though!

The buses depart on a very regular basis, and it won’t be long until the next bus shows up. If it’s anything like my experience, there will already be a line of people waiting for that bus in order to put their luggage underneath the bus first.

If you’re planning to take the bus from Chefchaouen back to Tangier either on the same day or another day, I recommend purchasing your return ticket when you get off the bus in Chefchaouen.

This will ensure you get the return ticket you want and give you the peace of mind knowing you already have a return ticket and won’t have to worry about the bus being full on your return.

A tourist’s guide to wifi in Morocco

Where Does the Bus Depart from in Tangier?

Buses to Chefchaouen depart from CMT Bus Station Tanger.

It’s located a bit outside the main tourist area, so you’ll likely need to either take a bus or taxi to get to the bus station.

Buses 11, 18, and 20 will all directly get you to the bus station without having to transfer, but you may just want to take a taxi depending on how much luggage, if any, you have.

If you do choose to take a taxi, be sure to either negotiate a price before you get in or insist on them using the meter.

This will ensure you get a fair price for the taxi ride and are not being ripped off.

Where Does the Bus Arrive at in Chefchaouen?

The bus arrives at Gare Routière in Chefchaouen.

The bus station is in a fairly convenient location, and there is a good chance you’ll be able to walk to your accommodation in less than half an hour.

If you don’t want to walk, you’ll have to take a taxi to your accommodation, but it shouldn’t be more than a 5 minute drive.

Depending on traffic that is.

Advantages of Taking the Bus from Tangier to Chefchaouen

  • The least expensive option
  • Buses depart on a regular basis
  • Luggage storage underneath the bus

Disadvantages of Taking the Bus from Tangier to Chefchaouen

  • The bus station in Tangier is a bit out of the way
  • Buses are busy, and you may have to wait for the next bus to come
  • Have to purchase your tickets at the bus station rather than online
Chefchaouen, Morocco

Other Ways to Travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen

While taking the bus is the best and least expensive way to travel from Tangier to Chefchaouen, you have other options if you don’t want to take the bus.

I’m not going to go into as much detail about those options, but I’ll give you a brief overview.

Take a Guided Tour from Tangier to Chefchaouen

If you don’t want to plan your trip to Chefchaouen by yourself, you can take a guided day trip from Tangier to Chefchaouen.

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel (or near your hotel), drive you to Chefchaouen, show you around the city, and drive you back to your hotel.

This can be a great way to see the city if you’re nervous about travelling without a guide in Morocco, have mobility issues, or just want to relax and not think about any aspect of travel planning.

The downside to guided tours is that they are quite expensive.

If you choose to take a guided tour, be sure to research the tour company and read the reviews before you make your reservation.

This will ensure you purchase your tour through a reputable company and limits your chances of being scammed.

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Taking a Taxi to Chefchaouen from Tangier

Your next option (and probably most expensive option) is to take a taxi from Tangier to Chefchaouen.

I don’t recommend this unless you don’t want to take a guided tour and are unable to take the bus due to mobility issues or something along those lines.

A taxi ride from Tangier to Chefchaouen will cost you between 1,500 MAD and 2,000 MAD each way. That’s approximately $150 USD to $200 USD.

Yikes!

So, think long and hard about whether taking a taxi to Chefchaouen is worth the extra cost!

Driving from Tangier to Chefchaouen

Your final option is to rent a car and drive to Chefchaouen.

I don’t really recommend this option unless it is part of a larger road trip around the country.

It’s a bit of a hassle to rent a car, drive it to Chefchaouen, find parking, and then drive it back to Tangier.

With that effort, it’s better to take the bus or go on a guided tour.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Conclusion

As you can see, travelling from Tangier to Chefchaouen is very easy, so you have no excuse not to make the trip to one of the most beautiful cities in Morocco!

I recommend taking the bus to Chefchaouen. It’s quick, clean, and comfortable. It’s almost the least expensive options.

The bus is direct, and all you have to do is get on and off of it.

The next best option is to take a guided tour from Tangier to Chefchaouen. Not only is this super convenient, but you’ll also learn a lot of interesting facts along the way!

It doesn’t matter how you get to Chefchaouen. The important thing is you get there and get to experience what this beautiful city has to offer!

Solo Travel in Morocco: 9 Things Essential Tips

Morocco may not be the first place you think of when planning a solo trip, but solo travel in Morocco can be amazing to say the least.

There are a ton of rumours about Morocco and have it isn’t safe for solo female travellers.

While there may be some truth in the fact that Morocco isn’t like Europe, and there are different customs and culture, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan a solo trip to Morocco.

That being said, it might not be the best place for your first solo trip, but once you have some experience travelling alone, Morocco should definitely be added to the list of places you want to go!

Morocco is a beautiful country with amazing things do so, see, and eat.

If you’re wondering if solo travel in Morocco is right for you, keep reading! Hopefully this article will give you a better idea of what to expect when travelling alone in Morocco.

Is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers?!

1. It’s Really Easy to Travel Around Morocco

A lot of people have this idea that Morocco is a difficult country to travel in, but that simply isn’t the case.

Morocco has a great train and bus system that can easily get you from one city to another. This makes it very easy for solo travellers to see more than one city in Morocco.

However, one important thing to note is that the buses and trains are often very busy, and tickets sell out fast.

You may want to go to the bus or train station a day or two before you travel to a new city to secure your seat. If you don’t, you may have to wait a little while for the next bus or train to depart.

Buses and trains run on a regular basis, so you won’t have to wait long.

Here are a few transportation guides I’ve written to help you figure out how to travel between cities in Morocco:

In terms of getting around within cities in Morocco, that’s pretty easy too!

I’ve found that most cities in Morocco are very walkable. I walked everywhere and didn’t have to rely on public transportation.

If you want to go somewhere that is beyond a distance you feel comfortable walking, there are lots of local buses, or you can take a taxi.

Just be sure to either agree on a price before you get in a taxi or demand they turn on their meter. This will ensure you get a fair price.

But, all in all, getting around Morocco is very easy and not something you have to worry about when you’re on a solo trip to Morocco.

Rabat, Morocco

2. You Need to Exchange Money Inside Morocco

One of the most important things you need to know when planning solo travel in Morocco is that it’s extremely difficult to access Moroccan Dirham (MAD) outside of Morocco.

You’re going to have to exchange your currency inside Morocco (likely at the airport).

Exchange however much you think you’ll need and then a little bit more just in case you fall in love with a few extra souvenirs or eat more than you anticipated.

If you have any MAD left over at the end of your trip, you can exchange it back into a variety of currencies at the airport.

You often get the best rate if you exchange it into Euros so keep that in mind. If you’re going to Europe next or planning a trip to Europe in the near future, you’ll probably want to exchange your MAD into Euro rather than your local currency.

I have heard of some banks giving you a very small amount of MAD before you arrive in Morocco.

I had one coworker who was able to get about $100 CAD worth of MAD from a Canadian bank inside Canada.

That would be enough to tide you over if something went wrong at the airport or if you arrived when the exchange places were closed.

I wouldn’t rely on being able to do that though and would expect to have to exchange all your currency inside Morocco.

3. The Food is Delicious

One of the biggest surprises for me the first time I went to Morocco was how incredible the food was.

I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t have any preconceived ideas of what the food would be like when I arrived in Morocco, and I was blown away by how delicious everything I ate was.

I even brought home a tajine, so I could make Moroccan food at home!

One of the most important things to do during solo travel in Morocco is indulge in the local cuisine.

Don’t be afraid to eat at a restaurant alone and don’t be afraid to try the local food even if you’ve never heard of it before.

Trying new food is one of the best parts of travel, and you don’t want to miss out on it in Morocco!

If you don’t know where to go, be sure to ask someone at your hotel or hostel. They’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

Tips for eating alone at restaurants

Marrakech, Morocco

4. You’ll Probably Get Some Extra Attention

I hate to say this because I don’t like playing into stereotypes, but I want to give you a realistic idea of what solo travel in Morocco might look like.

Or at least what my perspective was as a young, white, blonde woman.

Unfortunately, as a solo female traveller in Morocco, you’ll likely get some extra attention.

It’s important to note that not all of it is unwanted advances or sexual in any way. Oftentimes, it’s just people noticing you’re alone and hoping they can “help” you in whatever you need and be tipped.

If someone is following you or asking to help you, confidentially say no thank you and keep walking.

Some people might still try to “help” you and others will move on to “help” another tourist. The important thing is to keep moving and stand your ground that you don’t need help.

I’ve had a couple of situations where a man walked me all the way to my riad front door and wouldn’t leave without a tip. These situations are few and far between. If that happens, I think it is just better to give them a small amount of money rather than getting into an argument.

Now, in terms of the souks and markets. That’s where I’ve found the unwanted attention to be at it’s worst.

Again. This is just my experience, and I’m not saying this to demonize a certain culture or anything like that. It’s just so you’re prepared.

I found that in the souks, people are more inclined to try to get your attention by cat calling.

This is likely a sales tactic to get your attention and try to lure you into their stall. The best thing you can do is keep walking and not interact if you don’t want to.

All things considered, I think solo travel in Morocco is very safe, and if a little unwanted attention is what you have to put up with to explore this beautiful country, then that’s a small price to pay.

I’ve never felt unsafe when people approached me in Morocco. The people are incredibly kind.

Even if a stranger is following you to your riad, they likely want a tip and aren’t interested in harming you in any way!

5. Never Look Lost

This tip goes hand in hand with the last one.

I personally think it is best to never look lost in Morocco even if you are. Looking lost will make people want to come up and help you, and if you’re like me, that just causes even more stress.

So, keep your map in your bag or pocket and walk like you know exactly where you’re going.

If you do happen to be lost, pop into a corner shop, café, hotel, or restaurant to look at your map and ask for directions if you need to.

This may be a bit overkill, but I prefer it to looking lost on the streets and potentially having multiple people come up to me to “help”.

You may not be as introverted as I am and not mind the help, but if you’re like me and find a situation like that stressful, never look lost.

Essaouira, Morocco

6. Internet Safety is Key

Just like any country in the world, on a solo trip to Morocco you’re going to be relying on public wifi to access the internet.

The problem with public wifi is that anybody can access it, and if someone wants, they can access your personal online information and data.

I’m talking banking information, social media passwords. Anything you can think of can be stolen if you’re not being internet safe.

The only way to be internet safe when using public wifi networks is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN essentially puts up an imaginary forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for someone to access your online information when you’re using a public wifi network.

It makes using public wifi just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the password.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel, and, frankly, most of them suck.

VPNs are notorious for slowing down your internet speed, which is not what you want when travelling. It makes using the internet frustrating.

The reason I love NordVPN and continue to use it year in and year out is because they’re the fastest VPN on the market.

You don’t even notice that you’re using a VPN because your internet connection isn’t slowed down!

The best part is you can protect up to six devices with one NordVPN subscription. You can protect all your devices for one low fee.

The price of a two-year NordVPN subscription costs less per month than a single Starbucks latte.

With prices like that, you can’t afford to not protect your online information.

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to install a VPN on your devices and keep your online information safe.

7. Be Prepared to Haggle

One of the things you need to know about solo travel in Morocco is that you’re going to have to haggle.

You’ll need to haggle when purchasing souvenirs and if you take a taxi somewhere.

It isn’t a big deal, but if you’re like me, haggling just feels uncomfortable and awkward. I know it’s a cultural thing, and lots of people do it. I was born and raised in Canada though, so I’m not used to haggling.

Haggling can become even more awkward and uncomfortable if you’re travelling alone.

But it’s something you need to be prepared for. Otherwise you’ll be way overpaying.

You’ll likely still be paying more than a local would unless you’re really good at haggling, but at least you’re not paying an absurd amount more than you should be.

Now if you’re like me and are terrible at haggling, here’s an article that’ll give you some tips on how to haggle properly.

The challenge is putting them into practice though!

A tourist’s guide to wifi in Morocco

8. Be Aware of Local Scams

Just like anywhere else in the world, there are local scams you need to be aware of during a solo trip to Morocco.

The local scams aren’t just pick pocketing, and there are some larger scams you need to be aware of. Some of them seem so innocent that you don’t realize you’ve been scammed until it happens.

This article outlines the top scams in Morocco, and I definitely recommend you give it a read.

If you don’t have time to read that article, here are a few of the top ones you need to be aware of:

  • The carpet scam where you’re invited to have a drink of tea then the store owner gets upset that you didn’t purchase a rug and drank his/her tea.
  • Fake goods (such as saffron) being sold as if there were the real thing.
  • Inflated prices for camel rides (be sure to book online rather than with someone randomly on the street).
  • Live animal photos. Someone demands you take a picture with their animal and then demands payment after you take the photo.

Just be safe when you travel alone in Morocco.

Use your best judgement. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. If something seems sketchy, it probably is.

Listen to your gut.

Rabat, Morocco

9. You Can’t Enter Mosques Unless You’re Muslim

This last one technically isn’t a tip specific to solo travel in Morocco, but it’s still important to know.

Unless you’re Muslim, you’re not allowed to tour the mosques.

There is a mosque in Marrakech that sometimes allows non-Muslims to tour it depending on the time of day and what other functions are going on that day. It isn’t a guarantee though.

I tell you this to hopefully prevent you from accidentally embarrassing yourself if you try to enter a mosque just to tour it.

A lot of us are used to being able to tour any religious building we want. It’s very common in Europe, Asia, and North America to walk into a religious building without practicing that religion and just tour it.

We can sometimes take that for granted and think that’s the case everywhere we travel, but it isn’t in Morocco.

Knowing this information will help you respect the local culture and save yourself a little bit of embarrassment.

There are lots of other amazing things to do and see in Morocco that not being able to tour a mosque won’t make you feel like you’re missing out.

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Conclusion

There you go! All my top tips and tricks for solo travel in Morocco.

Hopefully this guide helped give you a picture of what solo travel in Morocco is like and help you decide whether or not Morocco is the right place for you to visit alone.

I really liked Morocco and am obsessed with their food to say the least, but it was definitely a culture shock when I visited.

I had only been to European and North American cities at that point in my travel career, and Morocco was definitely a different experience.

It took a little bit of getting used to, but it was a different experience in the best way possible.

If you’re up for an adventure and an amazing experience, Morocco might just be the perfect place for you!

A Tourist’s Guide to Wifi in Morocco

Morocco is one of the most popular countries in Northern Africa for tourists to visit. However, people are so focused on planning everything else that goes into their trip that they forget to consider what wifi in Morocco is like.

Knowing about wifi in a country is often the furthest thing from people’s minds, but it is an important part of travel planning.

We rely heavily on the internet (especially when we travel), and you don’t want to be in dire need of the internet and have no idea how to access it.

This is especially important in Morocco.

Morocco is full of winding, twisting, narrow streets that are incredibly easy to get lost in.

The whole country is like a maze, and you don’t know the insider secrets like the locals. You can spend hours wandering around trying to find your way back to your hotel only to discover that you walked in circles and are exactly where you started.

Trust me. I know from experience!

Not only that, but knowing how and where to access the internet can help you if you’re struggling with a language barrier, need to find a place to eat, or just want to relax and check in on social media.

So, to make your life easier, I’m going to share all my secrets about the wifi in Morocco.

You’ll have a better idea of what to expect from the internet in Morocco as a traveller and help you develop your own plan for using the wifi in Morocco.

Is Marrakesh safe for solo female travellers?

Public Wifi in Morocco

Unlike other countries that have invested in a free public wifi system, finding free wifi in Morocco isn’t exactly easy.

There aren’t many places you’ll just stumble on free wifi in Morocco, and you really need to know where you can access the wifi in Morocco when you’re out and about exploring.

Unfortunately, not many tourist attractions offer their guests free wifi, so you can’t even rely on that option.

The good news is that pretty much every hotel, hostel, and riad in Morocco offers their guests complimentary wifi.

Even many remote mountain resorts are offering free wifi now!

Without a doubt, the most reliable place to access the internet in Morocco is wherever you’re staying.

Make sure you load your directions on Google Maps before you leave your accommodation and start exploring for the day.

Google Map will continue to track you as a little blue dot even if you’re not connected to the internet anymore.

It won’t give you directions, but you can use your blue dot to get back on track and find your way around.

So, any Googling you need to do for the day, make sure it is done at your hotel just to be safe.

The only other place you’re likely to find free wifi in Morocco is at restaurants and cafés.

But not just any restaurant or café.

Specifically, you’ll want to go somewhere near the major tourist sights.

Those are the restaurants and cafés that will most likely have complimentary wifi for their guests.

Long story short, free public wifi is few and far between in Morocco.

If you need reliable access to the internet on your trip, you’ll need to come up with another plan.

Marrakech, Morocco

Renting Pocket Wifi in Morocco

If you need access to reliable internet access while in Morocco, you may want to look into renting pocket wifi while you’re there.

I didn’t personally rent pocket wifi when I was in Morocco, but I did a fair amount of research on your options before writing this post.

Unfortunately, renting pocket wifi in Morocco isn’t exactly the easiest.

In most countries, you can pick up and drop off your pocket wifi device at the airport. It is super convenient.

But, Morocco doesn’t have that option.

You can’t pick up a pocket wifi device at any of the airports in Morocco.

Here are your options for getting your pocket wifi device in Morocco:

  • Have it delivered to your hotel
  • Have it delivered to your home before you leave
  • Pick it up at Zurich Airport or London Heathrow
  • Have it delivered to a post office near your hotel in Morocco

I had pocket wifi delivered to a hotel in Japan, and it was a mess. The hotel didn’t realize it was there, and I had to call the wifi company and coordinate with the front desk to find it.

If you choose to have the pocket wifi device delivered to your hotel, be sure to email your hotel and give them a head’s up that it will be arriving.

To return your pocket wifi device, you simply stick it in any mailbox with the return envelope provided.

From my research, the best company to rent pocket wifi in Morocco from is Travelers Wifi.

It seems to be the cheapest and easiest way to get pocket wifi in Morocco.

I haven’t personally used Travelers Wifi so be sure to do your own research first!

Rabat, Morocco

An Option for Avid Travellers

If you travel a lot and like to have reliable access to the internet (me!), then you might want to consider investing in your own pocket wifi device you can take with you on all your travels.

If you travel enough, it is definitely the most cost effective thing to do!

I personally have a Solis and absolutely love it.

Solis was previously known as Skyroam btw in case you were previously considering getting a Skyroam.

I use it on every trip, and it has made my life so much easier.

I love always having access to Google Maps and being able to Google the best restaurants wherever I am when I get hungry.

You do not want to see me when I’m hangry!

You pay an initial price to purchase your Solis and then pay for day or monthly passes to access the internet.

I think the initial cost to purchase your Solis pocket wifi is reasonable, but I do think the day passes are overpriced.

Luckily, there is a way around that!

Day passes go on sale quite frequently. Wait for a sale and then stock up on day passes.

Just be sure to check the expiry date and ensure you’ll use them before the discounted day passes expire.

Day passes purchased at full price don’t expire. It is only the day passes purchased during a sale that do.

The other way around it (and my preference) is to purchase a monthly pass.

If you’re travelling for more than a week, you’ll get more than your money’s worth buying a monthly wifi pass compared to daily wifi passes.

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Marrakech, Morocco

The Bottom Line

You need to research whether investing in a pocket wifi device is the right move for you or not.

If you don’t travel for at least two weeks a year, it is likely less expensive to rent pocket wifi when you travel rather than purchasing your own pocket wifi device.

However, if you travel two or three weeks (or more) per year, I think you can’t go wrong with purchasing your own pocket wifi.

It has been one of the best travel gadgets I’ve ever purchased, and I can’t imagine travelling without it now!

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The Importance of Internet Safety

When coming up with a plan on how to access the internet in Morocco, it is extremely important you take your online safety into account.

Using public wifi puts you at risk of having your online data stolen, which is not a fun headache you want to deal with on vacation!

Even if you rent pocket wifi or have your own Solis, you’ll still be relying on public wifi at your hotel at least a little bit.

You do need to turn off and charge your pocket wifi at some point!

And, before you argue with me, even if a wifi network at your hotel has a passcode, that doesn’t mean it is safe to use. Anybody can get the passcode and use the wifi network!

The only way you can protect yourself and your online data, information, and privacy is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN makes using public wifi networks just as safe as using your home internet where you’re the only person who knows the passcode.

Essentially, a VPN puts a forcefield around your devices that makes it impossible for someone else to access your online information.

It is a must for any traveller no matter where you’re visiting.

You don’t want to be in the terrible situation of having your banking information stolen while you’re abroad just because you were too cheap to pay for a VPN subscription.

The peace of mind that comes with using a VPN is well worth the price of your subscription!

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my years of travel. Most of that, to be honest, are terrible.

VPNs are known to slow down your phone and other devices, and you can really feel that slow down.

So much so that I used to just stop using my VPN and put my online information at risk of being stolen simply because the VPN made my internet connection way too slow.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

I’ve been using them for years and don’t ever plan on changing VPN providers.

The reason?

They’re the fastest VPN on the market.

I’ve never noticed a slow down in my internet speed when using NordVPN, which is super important when travelling.

The fact that they’re so fast and secure is why I recommend NordVPN to my fellow travel lovers.

I’ve yet to find a better product on the market.

And likely never will because I don’t ever plan on switching from NordVPN!

Their amazing speed combined with their super affordable price tag is unbeatable.

The price of a two-year subscription costs less per month than a single Starbuck’s latte, so you have no excuse!

If you can’t afford to install a VPN on your devices, you can’t afford to travel.

That sounds harsh, but it is the truth.

Conclusion

Hopefully by now you know everything you need to know about wifi in Morocco, and you have a better idea how you want to access the internet in Morocco.

Each way to access the internet in Morocco has its pros and cons.

Relying on public wifi is the cheapest, but it can also leave you stranded without access to the internet when you’re in dire need of it.

Renting pocket wifi is a good option, but you have to jump through the hoops and figure out how you’re going to get the pocket wifi device.

Finally, Solis is a great option for frequent travellers. It is an investment for sure, but it can save you money in the long run. Plus it is super convenient.

The most important thing is that you have a plan before you arrive in Morocco, so you’re not scrambling to find a wifi solution when you’ve already arrived in the country.

Is Marrakech Safe for Solo Female Travellers?

Marrakech is a very popular tourist destination, but a lot of solo travellers are put off from visiting because they wonder is Marrakech safe or not.

I totally understand the question and potential hesitation.

Especially if you’re new to solo travelling!

My parents had the same concerns and were trying to convince me not to visit Morocco, but I’m glad I did!

So, to answer your question is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers, my answers is yes! But there are some very important things you need to know before you arrive in Marrakech to ensure you’re safe.

If you’re used to travelling around in Europe, and that is your only solo travel experience, visiting Marrakech will be a bit of a shock.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go though!

I thoroughly believe that exploring places that are very unlike your own is important. It can be a bit intimidating, but that’s how you grow as a person and traveller.

By the end of this article, you’ll know how to safely navigate Marrakech and have an amazing solo trip to Morocco!

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Is Marrakech Safe?

Just in case you skimmed the intro (I don’t blame you), I want to reiterate that Marrakech is safe for solo female travellers.

It is no more dangerous than most other popular solo travel destinations.

However, the culture is different in Marrakech, and there are some additional things you need to know to feel safe in the city.

These are small things that will help you navigate the new city with confidence and avoid some of the common scams in Morocco.

The answer to the question is Marrakech safe may be subjective, but, in general, I think it is.

Anywhere is as safe as you make it. If you go around breaking Moroccan laws and acting recklessly, then it isn’t going to be safe.

If you travel in a safe way and do your best to adhere to local culture, pretty much anywhere you travel is safe- including Morocco!

Marrakech is a vibrant city, and I don’t want you to miss out on experiencing it just because someone in your life is telling you it isn’t safe.

They’ve probably never been there and are just fear mongering.

Listen to the people who have been there, take their tips to heart, and decide for yourself whether you’re confident enough in your solo travel skills to explore a new culture and region.

Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech Safety Tips

As I said, there are a few things you need to keep in mind in order to be as safe in Marrakech as possible.

Some of these may seem like common sense, but they are even more important to pay attention to in Marrakech than other parts of the world.

As long as you follow these tips, you’ll be safe and having the time of your life in Marrakech.

Never Look Lost

One of my biggest tips I can give you is never, ever, ever look lost when in Marrakech.

If you have no idea where you are, wait to pull out your map until you’re in a store, bathroom, or restaurant.

Morocco is a tipping culture. If someone sees you looking lost or unsure, they will come up and “help” you even if you don’t ask or need it.

And once they’re done helping you, they expect a tip and won’t leave until you give them one.

If you are a solo female traveller in Marrakech and even give off the slightest hint of being lost, it won’t be long until there are at least two or three people around you trying to help you out.

There isn’t anything wrong with this, and the people helping you aren’t unsafe, but it can still be a bit annoying and unwanted.

Especially if you have an idea of where you want to go and was just checking your route.

I spent some time in Essaouira and then took a bus back to Marrakech and stayed in the same hotel in Marrakech as I had previously.

I knew the way and didn’t show any doubt in where I was going, but two men walked with me to “show” me the way and then wouldn’t leave until I tipped them for their help when we got to the hotel.

Again, nothing wrong with a tipping society, but it can make a lot of solo female travellers feel uncomfortable.

So, if you want to wander around and try to be as invisible as possible (I do!), then it is in your best interest to walk with confidence and try not to look too lost or unsure of yourself.

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Avoid Sketchy Street Food

Marrakech is home to some of the most delicious food I’ve ever eaten.

I’m salivating right now just thinking of it.

However, you need to be a bit cautious when choosing what street food to indulge in.

Sometimes the food sits in carts on the street without proper cooling tools used. And Marrakech is hot all year around, so it doesn’t take long for a food to get a little bit too much of the heat.

There are also sometimes issues with bugs swarming around the food.

I’m not saying don’t indulge in the street food.

You should 100% take advantage of the yummy food and try it out. All I’m saying is make your choices wisely.

If you’re going to eat street food, make sure it is from somewhere the locals seem to eat, and, preferably, order hot food that is cooked right in front of you.

That way you know it is fresh!

You don’t want to accidentally eat something that will upset your stomach and have to miss out on some of your time exploring Marrakech because you’re sick.

Marrakech, Morocco

Learn to Say No Forcefully

This tip goes back to the first tip on this list.

Morocco (and especially Marrakech) is built on a tipping culture. Locals are looking out for tourists they can help guide around for a tip.

As a solo female traveller, you’ll likely garner a lot of attention.

If you’re like me and just want to wander around alone, you’ll have to learn how to say no forcefully to get the point across that you don’t want any help.

This doesn’t always work, but it will work in a lot of situations.

I know it feels weird (it certainly did to me as a soft-spoken introvert), but it is what it is, and you have to learn how to do it.

Another extremely important skill you need to learn is haggling.

If you’re purchasing anything in the souk or taking a taxi somewhere, haggle, haggle, haggle.

This is still a challenge for me to this day, but it it is an important skill to try to learn. People will try to rip you off and/or not listen to you, and you need to be forceful with your words and haggle to a reasonable price.

Of course, you want to pay a fair price because this is how people make a living, but most of the time the starting price is ridiculously too high. Even for me as someone who is more than willing to overpay to avoid as much haggling as possible.

I know this tip doesn’t really answer the question is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers, but standing your ground is an important part of making Marrakech the safest place for you.

Of course, you could be the exact opposite of me and enjoy the help from the locals.

But, you still need to know how to haggle and say no forcefully if the situation calls for it.

Be Cautious in the Souks

I don’t know why, but it seems like the rules of society go out the window when you enter the Marrakech souk.

Things that would never be considered appropriate are fair game.

As a solo female traveller, you need to be prepared for the tight, winding lanes of the souks and for more direct and forward advances.

The souk was the only place in Marrakech where I felt a little uncomfortable.

Men would cat call me at every turn, they would grab me by the wrist, and a few times I was even touched in my lower back.

It definitely took me by surprise since it was completely different to what I had experienced in the rest of Marrakech.

The first time I visited the souk was the only time I wondered is Marrakech safe?

As soon as I realized this was something that may or may not happen when I wandered through the souk, I was able to prepare for it.

I gave myself a little pep talk before I entered the souk, walked as confidentially as I could, and took a few calming breathes.

It is my philosophy not to comment or make a fuss when things like that happen no matter where in the world I am.

I may not enjoy it, but I’m a visitor in their country. I can’t impose my beliefs on them.

I just walk by, ignore them, and remember what stall they’re at, so I know not to purchase something from them in the future.

All in all, most people in the souks are incredibly kind, helpful, and just want to make a sale (get your haggling skills ready).

But, just like anything, there are a few exceptions.

I don’t want to taint your opinion of Marrakech in any way because it is a fabulous city.

I went back and forth whether or not I should include this point, but I finally decided that I wish it was something I was more prepared for when I visited the souk for the first time.

Marrakech, Morocco

Dress Appropriately

I personally think it is important to dress according to the standards of the country you’re visiting.

I know some people feel that they should be able to dress however they want, but I think it is important to be respectful of local customs.

In Marrakech, that means dressing more on the conservative side.

You by no means have to wear a head covering, but you should wear something that covers you shoulders, knees, and definitely not show cleavage or your stomach.

It is not only respectful to the locals, but it also makes Marrakech a bit more safe.

Again, not that Marrakech isn’t safe!

Dressing conservatively will help you blend in and avoid unwanted attention.

It is a simple thing you can do to respect the locals and make your visit to Marrakech as safe as possible.

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Be Internet Safe

No matter where you travel, you rely on public wifi networks. Marrakech is no exception.

Physical safety is always talked about, but not enough people talk about the need to be internet safe.

Using a public wifi network puts you at risk of having your personal online data stolen. This is a headache at the best of times but even worse when you’re travelling.

You do not want to have to deal with trying to cancel debit and credit cards because your information was stolen because you were being careless online.

And, yes, even if wifi you’re using has a passcode, it is still a public wifi network because basically anybody can get the passcode.

The only way you can make sure you’re being safe when using a public wifi network is by installing a VPN on your devices.

A VPN basically puts an invisible forcefield around your phone that makes it impossible for a hacker to access your private information and data.

A VPN makes using public wifi just as safe as using your home wifi where you’re the only person who knows the passcode.

My Favourite VPN

I’ve used a lot of different VPNs over my many years of travel. To be honest, most of them suck!

VPNs are known to slow down your internet, and it can be extremely painful using a VPN when you’re trying to quickly Google or stream something.

That all changed when I discovered NordVPN.

It is the fastest VPN on the market, and you barely notice a reduction in your internet speed when you use it.

That’s why I love it and recommend it to all my fellow travel lovers!

I’ve been using NordVPN for years and don’t plan on ever changing providers, which is saying a lot!

They’re the first VPN I’ve ever used past one year and have renewed my subscription to.

You can install your NordVPN on up to 6 devices, so you can protect your online data everywhere for one low price.

A two-year subscription to NordVPN costs less than the price of a latte per month. You don’t have an excuse to not protect your online data when you travel!

My philosophy is that if you can afford to travel, you can afford to install a VPN on your devices and protect your online information.

It is a small price to pay to sleep easy knowing nobody can steal your private information and data.

Learn Common Scams

No matter where you go, it is important to be aware of the local scams in the area.

Knowing about local scams before you arrive in a city is essential. It prevents you from falling victim to a scam, losing money, and putting yourself at risk.

I’ve fallen victim to many scams around the world (although none in Morocco), and I don’t want you to go through the same horrible feeling I have.

The most common scams in Marrakech to look out for include:

  • People “leading” you to the medina but take you the wrong way
  • Offering something for free and then insisting you pay for it
  • The rug scam (they offer you free tea to enter their store and then get mad if you don’t purchase a rug that costs thousands of dollars)
  • Fake goods

Be aware of these scams (and more) and be prepared to say no with force if you’re approached by someone you think is trying to scam you.

Avoid Drinking Alcohol in Public

Drinking in Morocco is legal, but tourists are the only people allowed to drink in public.

While you totally can drink in public legally, I recommend solo female travellers either refrain totally from drinking or only drink in private at their hotel.

A woman drinking alone in public will likely draw more attention than a woman just eating alone in public.

My philosophy when travelling alone is to blend in as much as possible and act as much like a local as I can.

And in Marrakech that includes not drinking in public even though it can be freaking hot and a cold beer would taste incredible.

This is totally your call because drinking is legal.

It all comes down to what makes you feel safest in Marrakech and gives you the most confidence.

For me, I’ll stick to water.

Marrakech, Morocco

Be Prepared for Some Culture Shock

Marrakech is the first place I experienced culture shock. I had mostly travelled around Europe before my trip to Morocco and was used to North America and Europe.

Marrakech was the first city I visited where things were really different from my own experiences, and it took a little while to get used to it.

I know this technically isn’t a Marrakech safety tip, but I still think it is important to know before you arrive in Morocco.

Marrakech is a loud and busy city. There are always things going around, and you can get a bit overwhelmed at first.

I suggest you plan an extra day or two in Marrakech to help you get used to Morocco if you’ve never visited a country like it before.

This gives you the chance to move slowly and go back to your hotel if you start feeling overwhelmed.

One of my mom’s friend’s daughters went to Marrakech alone and was so overwhelmed that she booked a flight out the next day.

So, if you want to be able to experience Marrakech and have time to get over the culture shock, take the first day or two slow.

It may even be in your best interest to go on a guided walking tour the first day, so you can get your bearings and feel more confident walking around alone the rest of your trip.

Be Careful Crossing the Street

The only thing that really makes you question whether Marrakech is safe or not is trying to navigate crossing the busy roads.

It isn’t an issue once you get a feel for what is going on.

And is certainly nothing compared to trying to cross a busy street in China!

My best tip for you is to stand back and watch how the locals cross the street for a few minutes before trying to cross the street yourself.

You’ll get an understanding of what the unwritten rules are and how to safely cross the street when there are scooters and cars buzzing around.

Better yet, you can wait until a local crosses the street and follow closely behind them.

You can mimic how they cross the street and ensure you get to the other side safely.

The odds of you getting hit while crossing the street (even if you do it poorly) are very low, but you don’t want the stress of causing a traffic jam and having people honking and yelling at you!

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Marrakech, Morocco

Conclusion

There you have it! The answer to the question is Marrakech safe for solo female travellers.

There is a lot of mystery and misconceptions about Morocco and Marrakech. Some people assume that since it is a majority Muslim country, it isn’t safe for solo female travellers.

That simply isn’t true.

Marrakech is very safe, and you shouldn’t run into any issues when you visit the city.

The important thing is that you behave in a way that makes your visit to Marrakech safe.

Don’t do anything illegal or draw too much attention to yourself. If you dress conservatively, don’t wander around alone at night, and stand your ground, you’ll be fine.

I don’t want the thought of Marrakech not being safe to prevent you from exploring the beautiful city.

It may not be the best place for your first solo trip if you’re from North America, but once you have a little solo travel under your belt, you shouldn’t have any trouble exploring Marrakech alone.