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Drivin in marrakech

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Drivin in marrakech

Thinking of hiring a car wanting to travel to essaouiria, ate the cars left or right sided drive, and the roads are they right or left sided?

Is that advisable or would you say just take the bus we are 4 people how much would buses be?

It we decided to get a guide to take us how much would that roughly be?

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Marrakech, Morocco
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I agree with John W - take the bus. For timetables see here

www.oncf.ma

There is an express bus making a return journey. The website will show the current fares. There is absolutely no need for a guide. The town is small and easily navigated. A decent guide book is all you need.

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It is the opposite to the UK, left handed cars, driving on the right hand side of the road. It is fairly easy to get use to if you have been driving for a while.

The driving in the city of Marrakech itself it quite mental, as John points out, nobody gives a hoot about rules (even though there are plenty of Police about), the mopeds are the worst culprits in my opinion as they seem to appear out of nowhere and try to overtake you.

Once you are out of Marrakech, the driving is easy, the roads are like a single carrageway to Essaouira, and once you are in Essaouira the roads are very easy to navigate.

The supertours coach is an option, it is very comfortable (just like a National Express coach), but as there are 4 of you, consider hiring a grand taxi for the day (around £60-£70) or a professional driver with a seven seater type vehicle (around £70-£90) for the day. This will give you the freedom of stopping where you like on route and you can also return when you like (as opposed to the time the coach leaves).

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thanks a lot everyone give me a much better idea

this professional driver would he take us there show us around say about spend 5 hrs there and then bring us back to Marrakech for that price (around £70-£90), or that price is that just a one way

Marrakech, Morocco
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No, a professional driver is not a guide. You would pay extra for a guide (an unecessary expense in my opinion) in Essaouira. The price quoted by MIB15 is for a return trip.

Northampton, United...
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With the return trip how much time on average will you have in essaouiria

Marrakech, Morocco
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An 8.30 am departure from Marrakech (the earliest) and a 6.00 pm return from Essaouira (the latest) would give you (if my arithmetic is correct) about six hours to explore the town.

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6 hours is about right to get a good introduction to Essaouira (the Portuguese Fort, watching the woodwork craftsmen, the medina/souks, the harbour area), to get a really good feel for the place you really need to spend at least 1 night there.........

On one of our trips, we hired a driver, we left Marrakech at 9.30am (a couple of my friends overslept as usual), we got to Essaouira around midday, we then did quad biking for 3 hours, then we went and had fresh BBQ fish in the medina area (a must do, if you visit Essaouira), then we strolled around the Portuguese Fort, and the Medina area (it is all very close to each other). We left Essaouira at around 8.30pm and got back to Marrakech at around 11pm. We gave our driver a nice tip as we had orginally agreed to be back a lot earlier.

Agree wil Pilobulus that you don't really need a guide to show you around, it is almost impossible to get lost in the medina area of Essaoura (the streets are all parallel to each and the whole area is not massive).

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