Morocco travel budget: is $30 USD per day enough or too much?
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My Morocco travel budget was very minimal. I made sure I don’t go over $30 USD per day which is already a lot in this country. I got tired of Moroccan food easily so I opted to cook in the remaining weeks that i was in Morocco.
In this Morocco travel budget report, I will walk you through what I spent in Morocco – food, transportation, accommodations, shopping, tours, etc. Below you will find the “content” list – just click on them to jump to the content you are looking for. I hope you enjoy Morocco. It’s one of my favourite countries and I always loved going back!
Morocco travel budget quick facts
How much does it cost to travel Morocco?
Morocco is a very cheap country so many of its European visitors frequent this country. Europeans can fly direct to Morocco for less than $100 USD. Because of this, Euros are accepted in Morocco but I still exchanged my money to dirhams when I visited.
The currency in Morocco is called Moroccan dirham (MAD). $1 MAD = $0.10 USD. With this price, you will be able to buy 1 liter of whole fat milk, 1 kg of tomatoes, 1 kg of potatoes, and a loaf of bread for 2 people. It is very important to know what you can buy for a dollar in Morocco so you can compare it to your home country. This way, you have a better idea of how much your Morocco travel budget should be.
Of course, like many countries we travel to, prices depend on the season. To have an idea of when to go to Morocco, see below:
- High Season (Nov – Mar). Accommodation prices are more expensive. Marrakesh and the south are flocked by tourists during the holidays (Christmas and New Year).
- Shoulder season (Apr & Oct). Accommodation prices increase during Easter. There could be sandstorms in the Sahara and constant rain in the north.
- Low Season (May – Sep). Low accommodation prices and shopping is really cheap. This is shoulder season for locals who travel around the country for vacation. Ramadan starts between the end of April / late May. Eid Al Adha will fall around August. These dates may vary but it is accurate until 2020.
Accommodation costs in Morocco
Accommodations in Morocco are really cheap. In Marrakesh, you can get a decent dorm in a hostel from $5-$7 USD. However, the most popular accommodation type in Morocco are the riads. Riads in Morocco are really beautiful (pictured above) and is part of the tourist attraction list in Morocco. Many people opt to stay in riads for the complete Moroccan experience. They may look expensive but you’d be surprised to find a $35 USD riad in major cities. Luxury accommodations may be all-inclusive (massages, meals, etc) range from $80 – $100 USD.
Below are my favorite hotels in Morocco with corresponding estimated prices:
- Earth Hostel (Marrakesh): a bed in an 8-bed mixed dormitory room starts at $5 USD.
- Kenzi Menara Palace (Marrakesh): an all-inclusive stay for 2 pax in a deluxe double room with garden view starts at $122 USD per day. Note that this is an all-inclusive resort so it means your meals and other recreational activities are included in this price.
- Dar Sababa (Chefchaouen): a deluxe double or twin room for 2 pax starts at $40 USD per night, breakfast included.
- La Maison de Tanger (Tangier): a double room for 2 pax starts at $75 USD per night, breakfast included.
- Riad Inna and Watersports Center (Essaouira): a superior double room for 2 pax starts at $48 USD per night, breakfast included.
Airbnb in Morocco
Airbnb is also popular especially in big cities like Marrakesh and Fez. Airbnb homes in Morocco are riad-style but I honestly think they are not cheaper than that of the hotel riads. They could cost $5-$10 USD less because you don’t have extra service or amenities in an Airbnb. I stayed in an Airbnb in Marrakesh and I definitely enjoyed the privacy. These Airbnb riads in Morocco has so many rooms and is very spacious – it is ideal for big groups and families.
Food costs in Morocco
There is a lot of French influence when it comes to Moroccan food. Couscous and tajine are the most common food sold on the streets. You can always find $1 USD eats everywhere, especially in the souks. I traveled Morocco for 90 days and I honestly got tired of Moroccan food. However, there are also a lot of Western cuisines, mostly French and Italiann. I found it hard to find American food options (burgers, pizza) as Moroccan cuisine is very European. Even if you find a burger joint, I don’t believe it will be as good. Morocco is also a fan of fastfood where McDonald’s and KFC are very popular among the locals.
A basic lunchtime menu in the business district starts at $8 USD. Combo meals in fast food restaurants like McDonald’s start at $6 USD. Mid-range restaurant dining starts at $25 USD for 2 pax. This may include appetizers, main course, wine, and dessert. Alcohol is not sold everywhere in Morocco. You have to go to special places and present a legal ID when buying alcohol.
Transportation costs in Morocco
Morocco’s transportation is really efficient and modern. The first time I went to Morocco, it was so easy to hop in a bus or a train – the trips are very frequent. In my second visit, I rented a car for one month which cost me $25 USD per day for the car rental. This is not including gasoline (1 liter of gas in Morocco costs $1.05 USD) and tolls but both are quite cheap. I recommmend renting a car if you are a couple or groups of 3 because it is cheaper and you’ll be able to take your time. Driving in Morocco is pretty easy, too! It’s not as crazy as India if that’s what you’re comparing it to. Taxi rates in Morocco are at $4.36 USD for every 5 miles. It is encouraged to agree to a price with the driver before hopping in.
In my experience, I find train and bus prices in Morocco pretty much the same, as well as the travel time. There are more things to see while on the bus but the train rides are quite spectacular, too. Below are estimated rates for inter-city bus travel in Morocco.
- Casablanca to Tangier: $10 – $16 USD (5h 30m ride)
- Tangier to Chefchaouen: $5 – $7 USD (2h 45m ride)
- Chefchaouen to Fez: $7 – $10 USD (4h 30m ride)
To check the prices and schedules of busses in Morocco, CTM is the best website where you can reserve your tickets as well. If you are interested in experiencing Moroccan trains, they are very frequent and travels througout the country. Check ONCF for train prices and schedules.
Shopping in Morocco
Shopping in Morocco is a big business and is one of the reasons for Morocco’s tourism to explode throughout the years. Morocco is famous for textiles, carpets, and interior pieces. I bought a tea set for $15 USD with a dozen of thick Moroccan glasses and a silver teapot. The seller originally wanted $25 USD for it but I bargained so he gave it to me for the price I wanted. I almost paid his asking price, though!
I also bought a large carpet that cost me $45 USD. You might wonder how I was able to transport this carpet home but they pack it really nice and small. I also bought soaps as gifts to my friends which cost me $1 USD per bar. Moroccan plates are sold in sets and range from $10 – $15 USD.
Bargaining in Morocco is very common so always do it 50% of the seller’s original price – they will give it to you no matter what. As long as you are firm with your asking price.
Morocco tours prices at a glance
Tour prices in Morocco vary and often priced at European prices but there are many places where I didn’t sign up for a tour – I just did it myself. To have an idea of the tour prices in Morocco, please see below:
- Northern Morocco tour starts at $790 USD for 9 days. Accommodation, meals, and transport are included in this price. In my computation of $30 USD per day (food, transpo, and accommodations only), a northern Morocco tour will cost you $270 USD ($30 USD x 9 days) but this price is for a DIY trip.
- I paid $100 USD for an overnight Sahara desert tour in Merzouga. I just walked in and didn’t book it prior to the trip.
- Highlight of Morocco tour starts at $1,317 USD for 15 days. This is an all-inclusive price estimate without the flights.
The prices above are just samples for you to have an idea on the prices of Morocco tours. It doesn’t mean that you need to avail them. You can always choose cheaper tour agencies or do it yourself.
Morocco travel costs summary
In summary, below is a table of my estimated daily expenses in Morocco. Please note that I sometimes changed my type of travels: budget, mid-range, and luxury. Note that this is an estimate and that the numbers are based on my travels in Morocco.
Given the facts and the numbers, it’s totally up to you how much your daily budget in Morocco will be.
How much did you spend when you traveled to Morocco?
What’s your Morocco travel budget? How much do you think should a traveler spend per day? I’d love to hear about your experiences! Leave your thoughts in the comment box below as it may help other travelers plan their travel budget accordingly!