If you’re wondering what type of Morocco budget you’ll need for your visit, this post should help sort that out for you. While everyone travels differently and I can’t tell you exactly how much to bring, below you’ll find an idea of how much it costs to travel Morocco.
I’ve broken down everything for you to make it easy so you can prepare for the costs you’ll encounter while traveling around Morocco!
Is Morocco Cheap?
Ya know what, I have to admit, I thought Morocco was going to be cheaper! Is Morocco cheap? Yes, but is it as cheap as I thought it was going to be? Not really. Of course, the cost is relative to many different factors, and overall, it wasn’t expensive!
Now, below I’m giving you the basic costs, what we paid for things, and the “highlights” of the cost of traveling in Morocco.
I won’t be displaying our total spending as it wouldn’t help you! We stayed here for nearly three months and we lived in Taghazout for about five weeks of that time. Who travels like that? Pretty much nobody.
Good news is, my info can still provide value if you’re wondering ‘is Morocco cheap’ because we experienced A LOT during that time thus giving you a wide range of what the costs are in Morocco.
But let’s stop babbling and I’ll just show you the numbers, cool?
[box] At the time of writing $1 USD = 9.43 Moroccan Dirhams (MAD)
Just remember every 10 MAD equals a dollar. You can even just slice off the last zero to make it even easier. 450 MAD becomes around $45. I found it easier to display everything in MAD as currency conversions change often. Check here for a conversion update. [/box]
The Cost of Traveling in Morocco
Accommodation will obviously vary from city to city and from person to person but hopefully, my travel style is a bit of what yours is like and you can get some ideas.
Generally, we went for cheaper places that still offered value, we don’t stay in dorms and don’t book total sh*tholes to save a buck. #TooOldForThat.
Our goal was to get hotels for under 280 MAD per night. We met this goal overall as a few nights we spent a bit over and a few nights we spent way under.
But we also stayed in an Airbnb for four weeks while living in Taghazout. We ended up only spending 150 a night at that place as we worked out a month deal with him.
PRO TIP: if you plan on spending a good chunk of time in a place (literally anywhere in the world) and you find a place you like on Airbnb, stay a few nights and then work out a deal for a month and pay off the system for a sweeter deal. It’s exactly what we did and it ended up being 1400 MAD cheaper.
Something to keep in mind is, most accommodation we found included a breakfast, and it was often plentiful and actually really nice! So keep that in mind while browsing hotels, you may be getting a meal with that price!
Breakdown of Our Morocco Budget for Accommodation:
Our most expensive hotels were:
- Ouarzazate – 350 MAD with breakfast
- Agdz – 450 MAD with dinner and breakfast[/box]
Not too bad considering the meals included.
Our cheapest hotel score:
- Mirleft – 170 MAD[/box]
AND the vibes were awesome and it was a super cute place. This was the only place where we had a shared shower and bathroom though!
Our apartment in Taghazout
- One month for 4500 MAD[/box]
If you’re wondering ‘is Morocco cheap?’ Then this may be a huge NO in your face. BUT this was a fully furnished private apartment, with kitchen and appliances etc, two rooms, living room, and we could see the beach from our wall of windows! Not too shabby.
We definitely could have found something cheaper but it wouldn’t have given us a view it would have been more out of town, and the value would have been less. At the end of the day, this place was only $16 USD a night split between two people!
Our landlord also ran the downstairs shop which was convenient and they also brought us home cooked food randomly which was SO sweet of them!
If you’re curious exactly where we stayed in each place, check out my other Morocco posts as I give all of my hotel recommendations in the specific posts about the places we went!
Transportation costs aren’t too bad but they will surely add up if you’re bopping around the country every other day! We found our road trip to be one of our best travel experiences and wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Again, we’re talking value here and while a car rental will obviously be more than a bus ticket, the value given is far greater and worth every cent.
With the car, you can get a lot more done and see more of Morocco than you would from a bus.
Breakdown of Our Morocco Budget for Transportation:
Here is how much we got taxis for. NOBODY would turn their meter on. *insert eye roll and shock*
- CTM bus station to Marrakesh medina – 50 MAD
- CTM bus station to Chefchaouen medina – 25 MAD
- Agadir to CTM bus station – 30 MAD
- Fes medina to CTM bus station – 20 MAD
- Marrakesh medina to the airport – 80 MAD[/box]
You can find more prices simply by looking on CTM’s website. This is the more expensive bus to ride but convenience, less hassle, fewer stops, faster trips etc all made it worth it in my eyes!
- Marrakesh to Agadir – 110 MAD
- Fes to Chefchaouene – 75 MAD[/box]
By far the best way to travel the country! We already want to go back and road trip more. DON’T be scared, it was actually safe and easy. But this is one thing that isn’t that cheap in Morocco. Ouch. Still totally worth it! Check all the driving tips you need for Morocco.
- Car rental for 13 days was – 3100 MAD / 238 MAD per day[/box]
And don’t think you’re getting away with cheap gas either.
- A half tank will run you around – 400 MAD[/box]
And don’t forget about parking! Luckily this one is cheap in Morocco.
- Depending if it’s just a tip after a few hours or overnight parking – 2 MAD to 30 MAD[/box]
Now, you can definitely get a car for cheaper depending on when you come. If you’re visiting Morocco in winter, the car may be cheaper. This is how much it cost us when we were visiting (March) and we shopped around! Check prices on our two go-to sites for renting cars around the world.
Food and Drink
This is another thing that will vary wildly from person to person. We love eating local, we love cooking for ourselves, and we also like to grab a damn simple pizza here and there too. So shoot me!
Local food in Morocco is pretty good but I don’t know what all the rave is about. To be short, there’s tagine and couscous and those are the main items. And when you’re vegetarian, that limits things even more.
But we had the opportunity to cook for ourselves a lot while living in Taghazout and it was so good and cheap too! We also found a few “cheat” places.
Breakdown of Our Morocco Budget for Food and Drink:
Alcohol isn’t too easy to find unless you go to a club or a nicer hotel but we did find some! And you can’t forget about the tea, you’ll be addicted!
- Beer at a hotel in Ouarzazate – 25 MAD
- Random hotel in the middle of nowhere and their local bottle of wine – 150 MAD
- Mint tea for two – 20 MAD
- Large bottle of water – 10 MAD (plastic sucks but you can help cut down a bit by buying the large 5L bottle rather than 100 small ones)[/box]
We often ate two meals and then a snack for our third. This is something we do a lot of, simply because we eat well when we do eat and sometimes three full meals aren’t necessary! Also, when you’re out filming, snapping pictures and enjoying yourself, you lose track of time and it’s already dinner. So sometimes lunch was more of a quick bite and that’s it.
- Brekkie (usually eggs, bread, OJ, coffee at a decent cafe) – 30 MAD
- A few bananas and oranges – 8 MAD
- Veggies – 5 MAD/kilo (we found a guy in Taghazout who sold us veg per kilo for this cheap!)
- Fish tagine on the beach for two – 100 MAD
- Random sandwich – 30 MAD
- Olive oil – 60 MAD (liter)[/box]
We are not shoppers. In fact, I hate shopping, But I did want a cool local dress and my mom essentially begged me to buy her stuff and bring it home. So we went shopping… And I think we did pretty good!
Remember, haggling is part of the culture, just don’t get disrespectful about it. They will always try to sell it to you for higher, of course, but as long as you’re nice, you can end up getting it for nearly half price!
I think of it like this: What am I comfortable paying? What was the initial price they offered? I’ll offer around half and try to keep it there as best as I can. In the end, I won’t haggle for an extra dollar off.
Just keep in mind for those who are “awkward” with haggling, they won’t sell it to you if it’s not a decent deal for them… So if they refuse to go lower after a while, either buy it or move on.
Another few shopping tips:
- Shop in small towns and on the side of the street, they can be cheaper than the big bustling cities.
- Buy all of your things from the same person. They will give you a sweet deal!
- Know what to buy in Morocco.
Breakdown of Our Morocco Budget for Shopping:
Gifts we bought:
We got these mirror things with little doors on them to hide the mirror (super cute!) for our moms.
We also got a teapot and a small specially crafted tagine (a bit fancier than the plain ceramic painted ones).
- ALL four items we got for 300 MAD from the same person.[/box]
Stuff for us:
- A dress for me – 90 MAD (starting price was 130 MAD)
- A Jellaba for Garrett – 250 MAD[/box]
There’s so much fun to be had! Where do you draw the line? Well, the good news is, there’s a lot of free and cheap stuff. The beaches, walking around the medinas, window shopping at the markets, entrance fees, surfboard rental…
You could also spend a lot of money on expensive riads (I don’t get it?) just to have fun at their pool (because pools in other parts of the world doesn’t exist…?) and get your Insta-photos (because nothing says #culture like bikinis at a pool in Morocco, amiright?), but I think spending money on hotels is a bit silly.
I’d rather spend money on experiences. At the end of the day, I’m literally just there to sleep.
There are plenty of things you can blow your Morocco budget on… and experiences are where it’s at (in my opinion)!
So how much money do you want to spend in Morocco? Well, that’s up to you! Here are a few examples of things we spent money on…
Breakdown of Our Morocco Budget for Fun Stuff:
- Surfboard rental and wetsuit – 70 MAD per day (no time limit and renting from the same dude often)
- Entrance to CLA Studios – 40 MAD
- Desert tour experience – 950 MAD (per person)
- Entrance fee for Telouet Kasbah – 20 MAD
- Surf camp in Taghazout – around 5000 MAD + (depending on the package you get but this includes everything for a whole week!)
- Hike around Imlil – free – 2000 MAD + (depending on the hike you take!)[/box]
- Data for your phone (Maroc Telecom) – 50 MAD for 5GB (so cheap!)
- Medicine for getting sick – 100 MAD (nausea and probiotics)
- 4 batteries – 20 MAD (world’s crappiest batteries)[/box]
Hopefully, you found this helpful! Does this answer, “is Morocco cheap?” for you? We found it to be relatively cheap and it offered great value. We can’t wait to return!
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Nina Ragusa is an adventurer, messy bun master, breakfast fan, and full-time travel blogger. She’s been abroad since 2011 and blogging on Where in the World is Nina? for nearly as long. Nina helps people like you move around the world while making money. She loves talking about how to work abroad and online to travel longer!