- Transport to and from Casablanca Mohammed V Airport
- Getting around Casablanca
- Walking Direction from Ibis Hotel to Novotel
- Walking Direction from Oum Palace to Novotel
- Walking Direction from Farah Casablanca to Novotel
- Walking Direction from Diwan to Novotel
- Walking Direction from Best western Toubkal to Novotel
- Medical Information
- Currency and Financial Information
- Useful links
Transport to and from Casablanca Mohammed V Airport
Mohammed V airport can be reached via the A7 Casa-Berchid motorway via Bouskoura / follow the signs to highway Marrakesh and take the Airport exit.
From Rabat use the A3 then the A5, or also follow the signs to highway Marrakesh and take the Airport exit.
From Marrakesh, follow the highway to Casablanca-Rabat and take the Airport exit.
Rail / Train
The train station is situated at level -1 in the arrivals area of Terminal 1. Trains depart from the airport to Casablanca or viceversa every hour between 03:00h to 22:00 approximately. Journey time is about half an hour and the ticket costs 30 MAD (around 3 USD).
Access to the airport is assured by train via stations Ain Sebaa, Casa port, Casa Voyageurs and Oasis. Make sure about the trains scheduled hours when you want to depart from Casablanca or from the airport to your destination, timings can change.
The website of the national railroad company ONCF is www.oncf.ma
Getting from the airport to the hotels by train:
- Casaport is the terminus. Novotel and Ibis are just cross the street.
- You stop at Casa voyageur train station, then you take the small red taxi to Novotel (close to Casa port train station). It should take 10 min and cost about 20-30 DH (2-3 euros) depending day or night tarif. 3 people can fit in the taxi and pay one bill.
Bus company CTM operates services to Casablanca Mohammed V airport from the city center. Journey time is one hour.
Taxis are located at level 0 of the arrivals area and are available 24/7. The base rate for a journey to Casablanca is about 30 USD. Getting from the airport to the hotels by taxi takes 30 min to be at the hotel in non rush hours. (www.taxismaroc.com)
Getting around Casablanca
The M’Dina bus company has more than 45 bus lines in Casablanca.
Buses run from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. On average, there is a bus every 10 to 15 minutes.
You can buy your tickets directly on the bus for 5 MAD.
naugurated in 2012, the Casablanca tramway is the safest and fastest way to get around the city. The 31-kilometre line connects the most important points of the city: universities, ONCF stations, historic centres and the Art Deco district, the business district, hospitals, and the Derb Ghallef shopping district.
Tickets are 6 MAD and on sale in kiosks and tram station distributors. The ticket allows you to make connections in the hour following the first validation. For more information on fares, schedules, and points of sale, visit the official website (www.casatramway.ma/, in French and Arabic only).
The tram runs from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., 7 days a week, every 5 to 15 minutes (depending on peak hours).
In urban areas, the ‘little red taxis’ are easily available: you can flag one down on the street. It is possible that other passengers will already be aboard: in Casablanca, taxi sharing is common. The price of a trip in the city is set by the meter (make sure it is switched on when you board). A city trip should not be more than 20 MAD. From 10:00 p.m., the price per kilometre is increased by 50%.
Walking Direction from Ibis Hotel to Novotel (1min, 22m)
- Head southeast on Rue Sidi Belyout toward Avenue des FAR – 22m
Address: Angle Zaid Ou Hmad -Rue Sidi Belyout CASABLANCA
Contact: +212 5204-84970
Walking Direction from Oum Palace to Novotel (4min, 280m)
- Head northwest on Rue M Kamal toward Rue Sidi Belyout – 45m
- Turn right onto Rue Sidi Belyout – 230m. Destination will be on the right.
Address: 12, RUE KAMAL MOHAMED, AVENUE DES FAR CASABLANCA, 20000 – MAROC
Contact: 05 22 20 15 00
Walking Direction from Farah Casablanca to Novotel (9min, 650m)
- Head west on Avenue des FAR toward Rue Chaouia – 450m
- Turn right onto Rue Sidi Belyout – 210m. Destination will be on the right.
Address: 160 avenue des Far, 22050 Casablanca, Maroc
Contact: +212 5224-58100
Walking Direction from Diwan to Novotel (3min, 250m)
- Head north on Rue el Oraibi Jilali toward Boulevard Félix Houphouët-Boigny – 75m
- Turn right onto Boulevard Félix Houphouët-Boigny – 100m
- Turn right onto Rue Sidi Belyout -69m. Destination will be on the left.
Address: 31 Blvd Hassan Seghir, Casablanca, Morocco
Contact: +212 5224-46514
Walking Direction from Best western Toubkal to Novotel (1min, 73m)
- Head north on Rue Sidi Belyout toward Boulevard Félix Houphouët-Boigny – 73m
Address: 9 Rue Sidi Belyout, Casablanca, 20100, Morocco
Contact: +212 5223-11414
Casablanca has a good medical infrastructure. Consulting a general practitioner costs between 100 and 150 MAD. If necessary, call SOS Médecins Casablanca +212 (0) 522 20 20 20.
Currency and Financial Information
The official currency of Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham, denoted as MAD or Dhs. The Moroccan Dirham is composed of 100 centimes; notes are available in denominations of (Dhs) 200, 100, 50, 25, and 20, all in new and old varieties and coins are available in denominations of (Dhs) 10, 5, 2 and 1, or 50, 20, 10 and 5 centimes.
The import and export of the currency is tolerated up to a limit of 1000DH. Currency purchased during a visit to Morocco should be converted back before departing the country, with the exception of the 1000Dh level. Travellers should be advised to keep the receipts of currency exchange, as these will be required for the conversion of Dirham back to foreign currency prior to departure and before you go through passport control. You can change as many Dirhams as you have left.
Most of the main foreign currencies may be exchanged at a Bureau de Change in the airport or port upon arrival, at a bank and in most hotels although smaller hotels in more remote areas may not be able to exchange large amounts at one time without prior notice.
Most hotels will exchange at the same rate as banks and without charging commission. Exchanging money in the street is illegal, so travellers should look for an official Bureaux de Change which is identifiable by a golden sign.
Upmarket restaurants, shops and hotels or riads in Morocco usually accept debit cards. Those that do are most likely to accept Visa or MasterCard however may apply a surcharge to cover the cost of processing your transaction. Amex is not a popular card.
Advise your bank or card issuer that you intend to travel abroad so that no block will be put on the usage of your credit or ATM cards. Notify the issuer and give them a phone number where you can be contacted abroad.
ATMs can now be found in abundance in most towns and accept Visa, Maestro, Cirrus etc but these will usually incur charges. You should check with your bank as charges for using ATMs abroad may make exchanging cash a better option.
It is advisable not to take travellers cheques as it is very difficult to find a bank that will cash them and although some hotels may still cash these, the commission rates are high and are charged per cheque.