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1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

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1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

Hi,

Can anyone tell me what the difference is between the two classes are on the intercity trains?

Thank you!

El Jadida, Morocco
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1. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

2nd class is usually, on the older trains, compartments of 8 seats, 4 on either side, facing each other while 1st is 6 seats per compartment. On the double decker trains, 2nd class is far more cramped, while 1st is actually quite comfortable.

2nd class is always FAR more crowded and on busy days you might not get a seat.

Lastly, the money difference amounts to so little between the classes that you might as well travel 1st class.

Marrakech
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2. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

1st class has assigned seating, there are 6 seats per compartment, the seats are bigger, there is air-conditioning, and there is a payable snack trolley service.

2nd class is undefined seating, there are 8 seats per compartment, and during busy travel periods people occupy the corridors.

Rome, Italy
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3. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

First class is better and not that much more expensive.

Stuart, Florida
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4. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

I personally hate cigarette smoke so I buy first class to try to avoid it when i have a long ride.. It isn't always perfect but can help. I do love the Moroccan trains, try to ride whenever I can. I love second class to sit among the locals . I wouldn't do that for a long ride but for a couple of hours it definitely makes you feel like you are away from home. I did do the Marrakesh Express (sorta) in a sleeper of four...loved it!

Stuart, Florida
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5. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

Go for it...ride with the locals. Listen to the language, smile, and hope they share their food with you. Bring some to share with them...cookies are always a hit anywhere in the world.

El Jadida, Morocco
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6. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

I must say that it IS nice to sit with the locals in 2nd class and yes, there are pleasant people who may share food and chat to you. However, you may not do much sitting if you are on a train at a busy time. You would actually find the trip extremely uncomfortable even if you manage to get a seat. And it's not much fun if you get invaded by a family with very young kids. And just imagine the state of the lavatories!

Just a word about talking to people on the train. NEVER tell anyone your ultimate destination, that is, the actual hotel or riad you are staying at. Con men (and women) ply the trains, make "friends" with unwary or naive tourists, find out the destination they are going to and then phone ahead for a friend to be waiting who will pretend he's from the hotel and is there to pick you up. This has resulted in serious financial (and worse) repercussions for foreigners in the past. Simply say that you are staying with friends or family and your Moroccan brother-in-law will be waiting for you. Indeed, try to arrange for the riad to pick you up from the station or at least find out the fares from the station by petit taxi to your destination and, ignoring offers of help or touts, go straight to the taxi rank and give your destination to the driver only.

Stuart, Florida
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7. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

Great view point. The train scams are real but I have also met genuine Moroccans that I have kept in touch with, revisited more than once, and share email. It requires you to extend yourself with caution. I wouldn't take the train when it is rush hour in 2nd class if you had to have a seat. There are always several opinions on travel in other countries. Check my profile to see the type of traveler I am, and make an educated decision by evaluating different view points. I have been scammed and I have also felt that I learned something from it.

Ridgefield...
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8. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

what does Correspondance mean when trying to book a train ticket on ONCF? Do you actually have to get off the train and switch or does it just make a stop there?

The confusing part for me is the time. the tickets without the Correspondance is a longer ride. Plan on going from Tangier to Fes

Thanks,

Lisa

Marrakech
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9. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

Correspondance means change trains.

Canton, Mississippi
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10. Re: 1st class vs. 2nd class on ONCF trains

Are there train pases available to ride all you want for one price in Morocco? Does the tickets have to be purchased the day before, or can they be purchased the day of travel?