How To get from Marrakech to Chefchaouen
One of the most well-known Moroccan tourist attractions, it's impossible to ignore how Instagram has helped put this blue jewel on the map of travelers everywhere.However, I've been to Chefchaouen before Instagram (yes, I'm that old… ). "It's been a long time since I've traveled," I prefer to say. However, I'm happy to report that on my most recent return in 2020, this diamond had not lost much of its luster.For independent budget travelers , it means that Chefchaouen is a must-see on your itinerary. Here's how to get from Marrakech to Chefchaouen.
How To get from Marrakech to Chefchaouen : Private Transfer (8 hours)
Fast and comfy, but also pricey. It's a great choice if you're going it alone. You may want to consider this option for groups of three or more. Your budget will dictate whether or not you use a direct door-to-door service; however, you'll arrive in Chefchaouen rested and energized. Find out more about Moroccan private cab services. It's worth mentioning TangierTaxi, which provides free bottled water and free Wi-Fi in majority of its vehicles.
How To get from Marrakech to Chefchaouen : Grand Taxi (8 – 12 hours)
For people on a tight budget, this is an option. As a result, if you don't pre-purchase all of the seats, it will be difficult to find a grand taxi driver willing to transport you all the way to Chefchaouen. In Casablanca and Rabat, you'll have to change. In general, grand taxis are ancient cars that can transport seven people and a driver. Due to the fact that these vehicles were not intended to carry a maximum of 8 passengers, when fully loaded, grand taxis are crowded and uncomfortable. If you're not prepared for this, the trip from Marrakech to Chefchaouen will take much longer. If you're not in a rush, you should select this choice because you'll have to wait for the other seats to fill up before the driver is ready to go. Taking a grand taxi from Marrakech to Chefchaouen costs only a fraction as much as a private service, making the great taxi an unattractive alternative. Consider the rail and bus options below if you're on a tight budget. You may learn more about using grand taxis in Morocco by reading this article.
How To get from Marrakech to Chefchaouen : Train & Bus (12 hours) $25-46
Although this route takes the most time, it is perhaps the simplest to follow with the widest margin for error. From Marrakesh, you can catch a train to Casa-Voyageurs (in Casablanca). As it is operated by the Moroccan Railways (ONCF), a train for Casa-Voyageurs leaves every hour, and a ticket can cost anywhere between ten to twenty dollars. Trains are often running late – be careful that you do not get caught out. Upon arrival, you should catch the train to Souk El Arbaa. A train for Souk El Arbaa leaves every four hours, which is why we advise you to arrive with plenty of time in order to allow for any possible delays en route. This trip from Casablanca to Souk El Arbaa will take three hours, and it will cost nine to eighteen dollars. Sadly, this also marks the end of your journey by train, and from here, you’ll be taking a bus.
The bus station is over a kilometer away from the train station, so you can choose to either walk or utilize public transportation to go between stations. The bus to Chefchaouen costs six to eight dollars, and it leaves only once per day, so you should leave allowances in your travel schedule to account for this, or set aside some accommodations for an overnight stay. The bus takes two hours, but you’ll find that it’s all worth it once it arrives in Chefchaouen. If you plan everything properly, you could leave Marrakesh early morning, and arrive in Chefchaouen in time for dinner.
Bus (12 hours and 35 minutes)
The only difference between this and the previous choice is that you will only be able to travel by bus for the entire duration of the trip. Within eight hours, you should be able to travel from Marrakesh to Fes. Fes is only a four-hour bus ride away, so you can plan your schedule around that. However, after you get in Fes, you must come in plenty of time to catch the bus to Chefchaouen. Despite the fact that this bus only departs four times a day, you should aim to arrive at least two hours before the scheduled departure time for Chefchaouen. You'll have plenty of time to get some meal and take in the local sites while you're at it. If you buy a bus ticket for around $7-11, you'll be at your destination in just four hours, with a total of twelve hours of journey time.