Depending on when you will being arriving into Casablanca the ride from the airport to our hotel should take between 35-45 minutes. Outside the terminal you will see a panel telling you that the price for Casablanca City Centre is 250 dirhams. Don't pay more. Sometimes the first couple of drivers will refuse the job and/or ask for more. Just move down the line until a driver says he'll do it for the price. By the way, don't let anyone "help" you find a driver or let them handle your luggage. Do not engage with touts inside the terminal building who offer you a service. They will expect a hefty tip out of all proportion to the work provided. Make sure you have the change, an exact 250 dirhams. Do not pay until your luggage is out of the car trunk outside the door to the hotel in case he tries to hold out for more money. This shouldn't happen though, but if it does, tell the hotel staff to call the police. The driver will immediately give in. If you simply don't want to haggle with taxi drivers you might want to consider using a private taxi service. You can expect to pay around 30% more for the private option. This particular company gets raves reviews on TripAdviser http://www.navettecasablanca.com You can book online and the driver will meet you out front holding a sign with your name on it.
Money and Tipping
The currency of Morocco is the Dirham. Most ATM’s offer a choice of French, English and Arabic languages. Make sure you notify your bank and credit cards before you leave, and let them know where you will be traveling. Consider downloading a currency convertor app on your phone like XE currency. I have actually copied a link below that offers some of my favorite travel apps. You can scroll thru the list and if they sound good just do a search for the app on your phone. Click on this link and you can view the currency and learn about tipping in Morocco. https://marocmama.com/tipping-in-morocco/
My Favorite Travel Apps
Travel Adapter for Morocco
Please check with your phone carrier to see what service is offered in Morocco. I personally use T-Mobil and I am covered for unlimited data and texting. Talking is .25 cents a minute.
Safety in Morocco
Morocco is considered safe, but where there are tourists there are pick pocketer’s and scam artists. Use common sense and leave the flashy jewelry and purses at home. This is a great blog to read about safety in Morocco. https://www.nomadicmatt.com/travel-blogs/safety-in-morocco/
US Embassy in Morocco
8, Bd Moulay Youssef
Phone: (212) 522-64-20-00
Fax: (212) 522-20-41-27
Common Phrases in Moroccan Arabic