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Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

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Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

As of yesterday, Monday May 17, ALL services between Algeciras and Tangier will operate into and out of the new Tanger Med port. Here is a communique (in French) explaining how they plan to phase in moving most services to the new port:

www.tmsa.ma/?Id=16&lang=fr&RefCat=12&Ref=39

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61. Re: Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

I would suggest that it would be far easier to use the Grand taxi from the port to eradicate the hassle that you will endure if you attempt to walk through the port onto the plague, the cost of a Grand taxi will be at least 6 Euros , but believe me it is well worth paying just to get out of the port.

Suggest that you go to the train station, get your tickets and then get a petit taxi back into the city centre, you will have ample time to have a drink, something to eat if you wish and arrange to leave about 4.15 to 4.20pm at the latest, simply as taxi become more difficult to find around the peak times. All you need to do to get a petit taxi is to hold your han out and point in the direction that you wish to go, do bear in mind that petit taxis are only allowed to pick up three passengers which includes infants.

Have a save journey and a good Christmas.

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62. Re: Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

1. From Gare Tanger Ville to the old port (Tanger, not Tanger-MED), is 30dhs. On the meter it's about 25, but they won't run the meter, so don't even bother asking. Moroccans have a hard time looking at anything else when they see money, so have 30dhs in your hand. If they want more, either he's ripping you off or he doesn't understand where you want to go. He's probably ripping you off because that's what Moroccans do.

2. At the old port where you take the FRS ferries, you can buy your ticket at the FRS office. The people in the office will follow you out the door and ask for more money. Do *not* give them any money. Complain to FRS. If they give you the customs forms, give them 5dh. If they take your dirhams at a reasonable rate, give them 10dhs. More than that is unacceptable and a shakedown. If you offer them 10dhs as a tip and they ask for more, put it back in your pocket and walk away.

3. Getting a taxi at the port: The drivers near the door are grande taxi drivers. You don't want one of those. Troll the parking lot for travelers coming from the train station in petit taxis. Those are the ones that you can pay 30dhs. Grande taxis charge more because they cost more to operate.

4. Clearing customs to Spain is done in the usual way, but coming back to Morocco, you can clear customs on-board. The window is at the rear of the vessel on the lower level.

5. Carry your bags yourself so the Moroccans don't rip you off or steal anything. Don't let anyone else transport your luggage. Not even the hops at the hotels.

I think everyone gets the point that the Moroccans *will* steal from you and rip you off if you give them the open. Don't give them the opportunity. During your stay in Morocco, try to talk to as few people as possible. Look for artisans markets that are out of the way. In the souks, they will charge you ripoff prices because there are a hundred tourists lined up to pay more than you.

Edited: 6:47 am, January 25, 2011
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63. Re: Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

Are there any updates on transportation between Tanger and Tanger-MED? How often do the shuttle buses run? Has the train started running yet?

I will be visiting in a few weeks and am also wondering if I should do Tanger-MED to Algeciras or Tanger to Tarifa. How often to the FRS buses run from Tarifa to Algeciras?

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64. Re: Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

Others may be able to update you (it is fiendishly hard to find info online!) but my experience (above, post 52) having done both is to travel via Tarifa. The FRS buses meet the ferries; waiting for the buses was not an issue. Tarifa was more pleasant in every way.

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65. Re: Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

I have recently travelled via Tariffa to Tangier. It was really smooth. The coach is waiting in Tariffa as you arrive so there is no hanging around. It is quicker to get through customs as well. A friend of mine did recently do the Algericias route to tne Tanger Med. He said it was very well organised. Again a shuttle bus which takes you to Tangier. The only complaint he had was that it was very busy and takes longer to get through customs.

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66. Re: Services between Algeciras and Tangier moved to Tanger Med

Arriving at Algeciras Port with a vehicle to cross to Morocco is a Nightmare , but at least it prepares you for the utter chaos you will land in at Tanger Med. Two lanes turn into one, with cars full of tired moroccans from all over Europe, desperate to get into the one lane. Groups of 5or 6 police stand together smoking and chatting, ignoring the mess. Round a corner, the one lane turns into 4, each lane leading to a different company check in, but because of another bend in the road you cant see the signs, so everyone is in the wrong lane. After an hour or so of inching forward, (God Bless Whoever Invented Automatic Transmission), you arrive at an ancient ferry, Baleria this year. At least with this old tub, you turn round on the deck and dont have to reverse on, as with Aciona . (NO RO_RO Here)! The crossing is fast and comfortable. . On arrival in Morocco you realise that building this new Port has changed nothing. All the madness of the old Ceuta and Tangier has just been transferred here. Cars at the back of the line go through, cars at the front wait for an hour.. Drive in with a new Mercedes with a "1" plate "Rabat", and you will be waved through with a salute. Arrive in an old French reg car and all your belongings will be tipped onto the floor. It is hot. People are getting angry at the wait and start blowing horns, shouting , slight accidents with the jockying cars, and some of the home coming moroccans have been on the road from south Italy for three days, and WHY? Someone in Authority in Rabat needs to sort out this mess. ABK Taroudant Morocco.

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