Getting from the Tangier airport to the city center is easy enough and you’ve got a couple of options. The most common mode of transportation is by taxi. Airport pick-up is not included on our Morocco tour, but this blog will serve as a guide to help you get from Tangier Ibn Battouta International airport to your hotel in Tangier with relative ease. See some of your options explained in more detail below.
One option is to pre-arrange an airport pick-up before arriving at the Tangier airport. You can find many transfer companies by doing a search on travel websites such as TripAdvisor.com.
You can also ask your hotel if they offer airport transfer services. Many hotels in Tangier offer these services at elevated prices. If you prefer this option, you can get in touch with your hotel and ask them to arrange an airport pick-up. If you’re signed up for our Morocco trip, we will let you know the name of the hotel after booking and you can contact them directly and ask them if they can arrange your airport arrival transfer.
You will usually see your driver waiting for you in the arrivals area just after the baggage claim area exit. All you need to do is look for the driver holding a sign with your name on it. Tangier is a small airport and you usually won’t have trouble finding the driver. You’ll then be transferred to your accommodation and the adventure begins!
Note that it’s important to have WhatsApp downloaded and set up on your phone before you arrive so you can be in touch with the transfer company or your driver. There is free Wifi at the Tangier airport, but if you can’t connect, you can turn on data roaming to be in touch with your driver.
The most common way to get from the Tangier airport to the city center or your hotel is by taxi. Getting from the Tangier airport to the city center will take about 20 – 30 minutes depending on traffic. The cost is about 250 – 300 dirhams (approximately $25 – $30 USD). Before hopping in a cab, be sure to agree upon the fare with the driver!
When you exit the airport, you’ll see a line of cream-colored taxis lined up. These are called grand taxis and are a legal mode of transportation in Tangier. Show the driver your hotel address, but be aware that some locations in the medina are not accessible by car so you may be dropped off as far as the driver can go in his car. If this happens, you’ll have to go the rest of the way on foot.
PRO TIP: If you exchange money at the airport, be sure to ask the cashier for small bills that are easier for small, local vendors to break. Be sure to check out our Money in Morocco blog for more information on currency.
Getting from the Tangier airport to the city center is pretty easy and most travelers don’t have any issues. Happy travels!