Whenever I travel to a new country, I like to have a general idea of how much things cost. This way I can budget out my trip, and make sure I'm getting fair prices.
After spending two weeks backpacking through Morocco, I'm confident I can help you do the same. In this post, I talk about the costs associated with the four, major spending categories of my trip: accommodation, food and drinks, transportation, and entertainment/tours.
Over the course of 2 weeks, my friend Yuting and I spent about $130 each on accommodation (not including our night of stay in the Sahara, or online booking fees). We stayed primarily in hostel dorm rooms and private doubles, and rarely had to spend money on breakfast since most places offered it for free.
In regards to amenities and our general comfort level throughout the trip, we were happy to find almost every place we stayed in had hot water. Wifi was a bit hit-and-miss though, and most places lacked decent insulation. That would've been fine in the warmer months, but for a winter visit it was pretty cold at night.
55-130 dh | $5.9-13.9
The cheapest hostel dorms we stayed in were about $5/person per night in Marrakech. Throughout the rest of Morocco, prices ranged upwards towards $14.
150-260 dh | $16-27.8
A private double in a budget hotel will cost between $16 and $28. Budget hotels often have listings on sites like Airbnb or Booking.com, but you can always go in person and try to negotiate the price.
560+ dh | $60+
Riads range in their level of luxury, with a more traditional one starting around $60, and the more extravagent ones costing $100 or more.
Food & Drinks
Food and beverages cost us each about $188 for our two week trip. Breakfast was often included with our hostel or hotel stay, and usually included a few varieties of bread, tea or coffee, yogurt, and a hard-boiled egg.
Overall, we weren't super impressed with Moroccan cuisine. It was good at first, but after a few days you start to realize there isn't much variety. Almost every meal started with a basket of bread and a plate of olives, followed by tagine, couscous, or meat skewers. What was nice though was the freshness of the food. Restaurant owners shop local markets and butcher shops for new ingredients every day.
We also discovered Moroccans are incredible bakers. Local patisseries (bakeries), are filled with cookies, cakes, and a variety fresh fruit smoothies. Unlike the main dishes, sweets in Morocco get a 5-star.
4-15 dh | $0.4-1.6
Common drinks in Morocco are mint tea, soda, coffee, orange juice, and fruit smoothies. Water is ok to drink, but only from a sealed bottle.
10-25 dh | $1-2.7
Small dishes consist of things like salad, soup, and small breakfast items like omelettes or Moroccan pancakes.
40-70 dh | $4.3-7.5
The three main dishes in Morocco are couscous, tagine, and brouchettes (skewers). Within those, prices vary depending on whether you order them with vegetables, meat, or both.
Transportation wise, my friend and I spent about $68 each over the course of two weeks. We rode buses to get between major cities, and took petite taxis when we needed to go a short distance within a particular city.
While we did not rent a car, we rode in an American couple's rental from Ait Benhaddou to Merzouga. It was our favorite mode of transportation by far! It allowed for a lot more flexibility, and saved us from having to wait for the bus. If your budget allows for you to rent a car as well, I highly recommend doing so.
For those looking to save money, the bus system is affordable and reliable. The two biggest bus companies in Morocco are CTM and Supratours, however, don't be afraid to take a lesser known brand. We took a few local buses and found the tickets were a bit cheaper. The only tradeoff is it may take a little longer to get to your destination.
In regards to taxis, there are two types: petite and grand. Petite taxis are for shorter distances within cities, and grand taxis can be hired to take you cross-country. To get the best price for a petite taxi, ask to use the meter or agree on a price before getting in. For grand taxis, try to find other travelers to split the price with you. Grand taxis are expensive, but will get cheaper the more seats you fill.
50-205 dh | $5.4-22
Bus fares vary depending on the distance you're traveling, and the company you use. We took Supratours from Merzouga to Fes for 205 dh each, and a local bus from Fes to Chefchaouen for 50 dh each. Both charged us an additional 10 dh bag fee, and stopped halfway for a 30 minute food and restroom break.
10-70 dh | $1-7.5
We only took a taxi a handful of times. Our most expensive ride was from the airport in Marrakech to Jemaa el-Fna. The driver would not use the meter so we negotiated a ride for 70 dh. In Fes, we used the meter and rode across town multiple times for only 10-15 dh.
1-Day Car Rental
121+ dh | $13+
Prices for rental cars vary depending on the company you go with, quality of the car, and how many days you plan on renting it for. Fuel is about 9.5 dh per litre ($1). For more information, check out this post by Along Dusty Roads: 9 Great Pieces of Advice for Renting a Car in Morocco
Over our 2-week stay, we spent about $115 each on entertainment and tours. The majority of that amount coming from our Sahara Desert tour, which also included a night of stay and dinner.
At over $100 per person though, this tour alone cost barely less than the total amount we spent on accommodation the rest of the trip. Was it worth it? Definitely! Our time in the Sahara made for some of my favorite memories from Morocco.
Besides the Sahara, our only other costs in this category came from visiting museums and historical sites. In larger cities like Marrakech and Fes, there are museums on almost every corner of the central tourist areas. They were nice places to escape the busy streets and constant nagging from street vendors.
150-1000+ dh | $16-107+
A hammam is a traditional, Moroccan-style bath house. Here, you can spend hours relaxing in a sauna, bathing yourself, and getting massaged. Hamman experiences vary in price depending on the facility and their services.
1 Night - sahara Desert Tour
1000 dh | $107
You can't visit Morocco and not go to the Sahara Desert! However, don't let the price tag scare you away. It's possible to do a cheap day trip or stay in a basic tent for less than $30. The price I quoted is how much I paid for a luxury camp stay at Ali + Sarah's Desert Palace.
10-50 dh | $1-5.4
Museums in Morocco are very affordable, and can teach you a lot about the country's rich history. They're also great places to escape street vendors if you find yourself getting tired of being hassled.
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