How to Travel Morocco for 14 Days Under $700

How to Travel Morocco for 14 Days Under $700

Salie shares how budget travellers can explore the gorgeous country of Morocco for two weeks, under $700.

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An amazing 14 days Moroccan holiday for just $700 – it’s possible!

Morocco delights abound even on a small budget. The cost of food, hotels and transport in Morocco are low by Singaporean standards. You can travel with just SGD 50 (that’s 340 Moroccan dirhams) a day in this wonderful country. With SGD 700 you can spend 2 weeks in Morocco. If you plan to spend one week there, it’ll cost just SGD 350!

Cheap flights to Morocco

Disclaimer: this doesn’t include flights. When I visited Morocco, I flew from the UK as I was studying there and spent £90 (SGD 180). That’s too much really, I booked late and my dates weren’t flexible. Presently, the cheapest flight I can find from Singapore to Casablanca costs SGD 750 with a stopover in Jeddah (Saudi). If you’re planning a Eurotrip, you most definitely should add Morocco in your itinerary. It’s crazy cheap to get from Europe to Morocco with European budget airlines.

airfare to moroccoEstimated fares, accurate as of January 2016

From London you can fly to Rabat, Fez or Marrakech, two-way from EUR 50 (SGD 80). From Spain, it costs even less! You can fly from EUR 30 (SGD 50), or take the ferry from southern Spain to Tangier in Morocco from EUR 38 (SGD 60). That’s the prices for a two-way flight or ferry, mind you!

Average budget & expenses in Morocco (in SGD)

morocco daily budget

Ideally, spend two weeks in Morocco – that is more than sufficient to visit the main attractions.

Accommodation

I travelled solo so I stayed in hostels most of the time. I also stayed in a few hotels when I couldn’t find a hostel. A decent hostel costs around SGD 10–15 a night for a bed and it’s similar to what you get in Europe, definitely good value. You can get twin private rooms with ensuite bathrooms for SGD 30, which means just SGD 15 per person for a night in a hotel. That’s even cheaper than a hotel in Johor Bahru! Instead of booking online, you can also just show up in person and haggle room prices. I didn’t book anything prior to the trip – not even my first night of accommodation. No problems getting a place to stay even though it was peak season (March).

hotel room

A clean and simple hotel room with a lovely bathroom that’s very well decorated

Food & drinks

Most hotels offer free breakfast. For lunch and dinner, most restaurants offer set menus from SGD 7 and you get free olives, bread and sometimes a salad. Load up on the free starters if you’re hungry and on a budget! A sandwich with soup costs about SGD 4 in Morocco. Be sure to try Harira; it’s the national soup of Morocco and comprises of lentils, chickpeas, spices and coriander. I had a lot of french fries in Morocco too, it was cheap! Skip alcohol, it’s hard to find and is the one thing in Morocco that can be quite expensive.

morrocan lunchLunch comes with complimentary bread and olives

Also read: What Can I Buy With SGD 1 In Morocco

Shopping

The medinas of Marrakech and Fez are a shopper’s paradise! Handicrafts, leather bags, rugs and jewellery are of outstanding value. An A5-sized leather handbag costs about $20 and a simple wallet just $5. Be sure to haggle, as shopkeepers most definitely expect you to do so. They seem to enjoy it so much and would even offer you mint tea while negotiating prices. Their asking price is usually very high, and a rough guide is to pay 50% of the starting price.

craftsmanMoroccan craftsman oiling handmade leather bags

Transport

Use the local trains, buses and shared taxis, as they’re usually on-time and get you around efficiently. An overnight train is a great idea should you wish to save time and money on a hotel stay. As a rule of thumb, it costs about 20 Moroccan Dirhams (SGD 3) for every hour of bus travel in Morocco. Hence, it costs just $9 to get from Marrakech to Essaouira!

Also read: 7 Off The Beaten Track Destinations in Morocco

Tips

There’s real poverty in Morocco and youth unemployment is a huge problem. Small tips can make some difference. In the medina, boys around the ages of 12 to 18 will approach you and ask where are you going. They want to help you navigate the labyrinth of winding alleyways in exchange for tips. So keep some small charge! You will most definitely be lost at some point when navigating a medina, even with a map.

Must-visit destinations in Morocco

Marrakech

Marrakech (or Marrakesh) is one of the four former imperial cities of Morocco and it might’ve even been the most important one. Wander the huge maze of souks in the medina and do some shopping.

Visit Djeema El Fna at dusk, the great square of Marrakesh for dinner and be sure to check out the snake charmers too.

View of Djeema El Fna from a rooftop terrace as the sun sets

Having dinner at one of the food vendors at Djeema El Fna

Sahara desert

Saharan Morocco is hot, dry but picturesque. A lot of tour operators and hotels in Marrakech offer tours that bring you to the Saharan desert. You can camp under the stars with Berber tribes and ride camels on one of these tours. It is possible to arrange a trip independently too, but it isn’t cheap – you’ll have to hire a guide, driver and four-wheel drive.

sahara desertImage credit: Charly W. Karl

Essaouira

This pretty sea-ide town is dressed in white and blue. Essaouira is an ancient town that is Moroccan hippie. This is the place Jim Hendrix lived in for some time. Good music and very friendly people locals. There isn’t much to do here, so a day or two is sufficient.

The white wash of the buildings were reminiscent of the Greek Islands

seafood tagineOrdering a seafood tagine from friendly locals

Fez

Fez is the former capital of Morocco. The capital now is Rabat but Fez is still widely regarded as the cultural capital of Morocco. It’s an ancient city – one of the oldest and biggest medieval cities in the world. Visit the tanneries, souks and Bab Bou Jeloud (The Blue Gate), a beautiful Moorish-style monumental gate built in 1913.

tanneryTake mint leaves with you to sniff; the tannery is spectacular but smells bad

Chefchaouen

As you travel north to the mountain town of Chefchaouen, the temperature gets colder. Also, the locals look more mediterranean and European. This town is painted in blue and looks postcard perfect. Explore the winding alleys and kasbah. This town is perfect for relaxing and getting away from the hustle and bustle of Moroccan cities.

ChefchaouenChefchaouen looks otherworldly with traditional blue-painted doors and walls

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Also read: Chefchaouen: The Famed Blue City of Morocco

Where should I visit then?

Morocco is kind of big, the country occupies 710,850 square kilometres of the African continent. Be sure to take into account distances between destinations in Morocco when planning your itinerary. As a guide, it takes up to 11 hours to travel from Marrakesh (the middle of Morocco) to Chefchaouen (north of Morocco).

1 week in Morocco

If you’re in Morocco for just a week, visit Marrakech, arrange a tour to Ouarzazate and the sahara, and visit Essaouira which is 3 hours away.

one week in moroccoVisit Marrakech, Sahara desert and Essaouira

2 weeks in Morocco

If you’re there for 2 weeks, start from Marrakech and head north to Chefchaouen, stopping at Fez. Alternatively if you’re coming in by ferry, start at Tangier, visit Chefchaouen then head to Marrakech via Fez.

two week travel in moroccoVisit Marrakech, Sahara desert, Essaouira, Fez and Chefchaouen

Morocco is a fantastic place to travel, there’s so much culture and amazing sights. Can’t get enough of Morocco and Africa? Extend your stay on this amazing continent by going on an African safari adventure in Botswana. Hopefully this guide gives you a good idea of how easy and affordable it is to visit Morocco. It’s probably cheaper than a trip to Japan or Korea! Let me know if you’ve any questions about travelling in Morocco, I’ll definitely respond.

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Salie Lim
Salie Lim

Salie is constantly thinking about travel. Follow her journey to foreign lands, from Australia to Zimbabwe on diyTravel. This travel blog will inspire you with stories from extraordinary destinations and provide readers with practical travel tips. You can follow diyTravel on Instagram too.

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