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Wandering Around In Marrakech
Marrakech is a big city. Fortunately, thanks to the surge in tourist influx getting around in Marrakech is easy and has wider options.
Buses are available through ALSA Marrakech. Though no specific itineraries, schedules are routes are available on their website, these buses usually run daily with a gap of 10-60 minutes. The tickets cost as less as 3-4 Moroccan dirhams (or less than fifty cents). ALSA also operates a Tourist Bus system. They run a two-lined network designed for tourists – The History Tour and Oasis Tour. These buses ply to and from the airport and take you around the prime tourist destinations of Marrakech. The booking price varies from $15 to $18 per adult and $8 to $10 per child aging six to fourteen years of age. The bus schedules vary by season. However, both the lines are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
Popular taxi services like Uber do not operate in Marrakech. Travelers are thus left with two options: Petits taxis and grand taxis. While the former are fairly smaller in size and calculate fare using a meter most of the time, the latter are generally larger and run on a fixed rate per route. The taxis do not charge standard rates to and from the airport which calls for haggling with the taxi drivers for a fee.
It is important to make sure that the driver knows exactly where you are headed. Some drivers stop at wrong hotels as they receive a commission from the property.
Caleches are horse-drawn carriages found everywhere around the city. While most of them are busy, it is comparatively easier to find an available one near Jemaa El Fna and outside Koutoubia Mosque. They are fun to ride, fit more people, and cost cheaper than the taxis. However, some routes have fixed rates and haggling skills come in handy then. Make sure to ride the caleches displaying SPANA badge of honor, a British animal rights group badge given to drivers who take proper care of the animals.
On foot – Marrakech
Though Marrakech is a big city, getting around Marrakech is far easier on foot and is the best way to see the ochre city. Most of the tourist attractions are and the must-see sights of Marrakech are within the premises of the medina. It is advisable to hire a professional guide through a tour company or your hotel as navigating the winding alleyways of the Medina can be tricky. If you want to experience the city solo, make sure to carry a map or a guidebook as most of the signs are in Arabic.
That being said, the best way to see Marrakech is on foot as even aimless wandering can take you amazing places.