Morocco’s major cities are connected by trains and buses, but the more off-the-beaten-track destinations, like some areas in the Atlas Mountains, are completely inaccessible by public transportation. Renting a car in Morocco not only lets you stop wherever you wish to take in the scenic views, but it also gives you a wide-open transportation schedule for exploring and getting to and from different destinations.
Because of the many new roads in Morocco, renting an economy or compact car will be sufficient for getting around town or going city to city. However, if you plan on going off-road, like many tourists that travel to Morocco do, you’ll be better off in a larger vehicle with four-wheel drive that’s better equipped to get around the desert roads and steep mountain passes.
For those traveling with children in Morocco, be aware that there are no child restraint laws in the country. As a result of this, many car rental agencies don’t offer child safety seats as add-ons to your reservation. If you plan on securing your child in a safety seat, it’s best to either rent from a larger, multi-national company like Budget that includes them as an add-on, or bring your own from home.
If you’re planning on renting a car in Morocco and taking it over the border to different countries in the region, it’s important to note that car rental agencies will not allow you to take the vehicle outside of Morocco.
Book your rental car in Morocco at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
FAQs about hiring a car in Morocco
Compact (Dacia Sandero Stepway or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Morocco.
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to hire a car in Morocco are Fez (74% of total searches of users looking to hire a car in Morocco), Marrakech (5%) and Tangier (5%).
Driving in Morocco can be quite unpredictable, from the thriving metropolises to the vast highways that cut through the desert. There are many blind curves around mountain passes, so it’s common practice to honk to signal your presence or to give other drivers a hand signal to let them know that it’s safe to make the turn. Police checkpoints are common around larger cities like Essouaria, so make sure to keep your rental papers and passport with you while driving.
The minimum age to rent a car in Morocco varies among agencies. Some agencies allow drivers as young as 18 to rent a car if they have had a valid license for one year, while other companies, like Sixt, require drivers to be 21 or older with a license valid for two years. You’ll only have to present an international driving permit if your driver’s license is in a non-Roman alphabet.
Filling up your petrol tank will be a bit pricier in Morocco than in the United States. In Morocco you’ll be paying around 39,22 MAD per gallon (4.06 USD). Petrol stations are plentiful in Morocco, but it’s a largely cash-based society, so make sure you show up to the pump with cash in hand.
The road and highway systems in Morocco are quickly improving and expanding, and with that comes imposed speed limits, much like you see in other developed nations. The speed limit around urban areas is around 60 km/h (37 mph), the limit outside of urban areas is around 100 km/h (62 mph), and the highway speed limits are generally around 120 km/h (75 mph).
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.