A Tourist’s Guide to Wifi in Morocco

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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.

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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.

Be sure to use code TRAVELSWITHERICA for 10% off your Solis purchase!

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!

Read my full Solis review

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.

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