The Best Way to Get from Casablanca to Marrakech.
The train is the most convenient way to travel around Morocco. For the most part, trains in Morocco are comfortable, reliable and relatively inexpensive to reach Morocco’s most popular tourist destinations.
How Long Does The Train Ride Take from Casablanca to Marrakech
The Casablanca to Marrakesh train service takes approx. 2.5 hours depending on the service.
Before Arriving in Marrakech: Read our Useful Tips for Visiting Marrakech to help you plan a great visit to the red City.
What Train Company Runs Between Casablanca and Marrakech
Morocco’s state-owned network; ONCF runs all services between the two cities. All services feature both first and second class seating.
Cost of Train Tickets
Ticket prices between Casablanca and Marrakech range from 49-13 DH (Moroccan Dirham) for a second class ticket to 120-150 DH for a first-class ticket.
Ticket prices will vary according to the service and the type of fare you purchase. Fare types are outlined below ranging from non-refundable to fully flexible.
Exchange before departure
Exchangeable for free once
Exchangeable unlimited free
Refund before departure
50 % refund
Refundable in full until D-1 of the travel date. Refundable with 20% withholding beyond
First or Second Class Tickets for the Casablanca to Marrakech Rail Service
First-class train tickets are not that much more expensive than the second class fare but are recommended, especially for longer trips.
First-class compartments will be airconditioned, have more room and allocated seating. If you get to the ticket office early enough, you can reserve a window seat in first class which will enable you to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.
Cost of a First Class Ticket. Casablanca to Marrakech
|One way (depending on the service).
Tip: Mid-morning and evening services tend to be cheaper.
A second-class ticket for travel from Casablanca to Marrakech is not such a problem. However, longer train rides such as Marrakech to Tangier (8 hrs), especially on the overnight service, we recommend buying a first-class ticket.
Second-class compartments have recently been refurbished so now have air conditioning and are a lot more comfortable than in previous years. These improvements coincide with the new high-speed train service between Casablanca and Tangier – Al Boraq TGV.
However, the second class will be more cramped, accommodating as many as eight passengers per compartment on a first come first seated basis. During busy times, you may even have to stand in second class until a seat becomes free.
Cost of a Second Class Ticket Casablanca to Marrakech
One-way fares vary depending on the service and type of ticket. Expect prices of:
|One way No Flex
|One Way Flex
Tip For Train Travel in Morocco
They do have a food cart that will travel through the train once throughout the journey with basic drinks and snacks. We do however recommend you bring plenty of drinking water with you.
Storing Luggage on Second Class Trains in Morocco
Unless you get lucky, the compartments don’t really have enough room for all the people, luggage has to be stowed at the other end of the carriage in an open area opposite the entry.
We highly recommend carrying a lockable luggage cable in Morocco for times like this when you may have to stow your luggage out of sight in a non-secure area. You can lock your luggage to a fixed structure on the train
Keep Your Luggage Secure
Related: Buying Guide to The Best Luggage Locks, Cables & Straps for Safe Travel
Buying Train Tickets in Morocco
In theory, you can book tickets for travel within Morocco online through ONCF. However, you can only do so with a Moroccan issued credit card. We don’t believe this has changed yet.
You may ask a tour operator or Moroccan travel agent to purchase tickets for you in advance, but this is not necessary. The easiest way is to buy your tickets in person at the station.
If coming from Casablanca Airport, you can purchase tickets at both booths and ticket machines at Casablanca Airport train station.
Best Time to Buy Tickets
You can purchase tickets on the day you are travelling from the train station as trains depart every few hours and are rarely full.
However, for first-class tickets on popular routes, especially during peak season and holidays, it may be best to go to the station a day or two before and purchase your tickets in advance.
First-class seats can be reserved up to a month in advance.
Casablanca Train Station
Casablanca has three train stations; Casa Voyageurs, Casa Port and Mohammed V International Airport.
The main train station in Casablanca is Casa Voyageurs. The white building is recognizable by its high clock tower above the entrance.
Passengers travelling from Casa Port, Casablanca’s smaller station near the city’s Atlantic port or Mohammed V International Airport, will connect to Marrakesh via a transfer at Casa Voyageurs.
Train Schedules From Casablanca to Marrakech
There are eight services per day between Casablanca to Marrakech departing every couple of hours.
Travel time is around 2.5 hours.
Cost: 1st class – 120-150 Dh | 2nd class – 49-139 Dh depending on ticket type as explained earlier.
Check ONCF website for any schedule changes closer to your travel date.
Timetable Casablanca to Marrakech
Timetable Marrakech to Casablanca