Casablanca: Orientation, Arrival and Transport
Casa is a huge metropolis and can be bewildering for the first-time visitor. However, once you’re in the centre of town it’s relatively straightforward to navigate.
The city centre is focused on Place Mohammed V, and most restaurants, bars and hotels are located within walking distance from here. The Old Medina is located a few blocks north, the New Medina (also called Habbous) is further south and to the west along the Corniche is the beach suburb of Ain Diab.
To get around the city, you can get a petit taxi anywhere in town – the average trip shouldn’t cost more than 6dh. For the suburb of Ain Diab, the fare is around 18dh. Note that taxi drivers charge 50% extra at night.
City buses are useful in Casablanca but they can get very crowded and uncomfortable, especially at rush hour. Useful services to note are: #15 from Place Oued el Makhzine to the Hassan II Mosque and #9 from the same stop to Ain Diab.
Arrival in Casablanca
Intercity trains from Meknes, Fez or Marrakech stop at the station Casa Voyageurs, about 2 kilometers from the central Mohammed V Boulevard. To get to the city centre from here, you either have to walk 20 minutes, take a petit taxi for about 6dh or catch bus #2 from outside the station.
CTM buses will drop you at the CTM terminal conveniently located on Rue Léon l’Africain in the city centre.
Private buses stop at the Ouled Ziane Gare Routiere, some 4 kilometres from the city centre. From here, you can take a taxi to the centre of town for around 15dh.
By Grand Taxi
Like private buses, grand taxis from major Moroccan cities will stop at the Ouled Ziane Gare Routiere, 4 kilometres from the city centre. To get to town, get a petit taxi for around 15dh.
Casablanca’s International Airport, Mohammed V Airport, is located some 30 kilometers south of the city centre.
There is an hourly train service, stopping at Casa Voyageurs – 2 kilometres from the city centre. There is also an hourly shuttle bus between the Airport and the CTM Bus Terminal – located in the city centre -.
For more convenience, charter a grand taxi to get you into the centre of Casablanca. Fares will cost around 200dh for six people.
Another alternative is to hire a car in Casablanca, although gridlocks are pretty common and driving is pretty nightmarish!
Tourist Offices in Casablanca
There are two tourist offices in Casablanca, both located in the city centre. Among other things, they have a map of the city centre which is very helpful in finding directions and locating sights in the city.
The first is the Syndicat d’Initiative at 98 Boulevard Mohammed V, open Monday to Fridays from 8:30 – Noon & 15:00 – 18:30, Saturdays from 8:30 – Noon & 15:00 – 17:00 and Sundays from 9:00 – Noon. Telephone: 022 22 15 24.
The second tourist office is the ONMT Delegation de Tourisme at 55 Rue Omar Slaoui, open Mondays to Fridays 8:30 – Noon & 15:00 – 18:30. Telephone: 022 27 11 77.