Tanger Ferry: Guide to Tangier ferry routes from Spain and France
Tanger is the second biggest Moroccan port with close proximity to Spain. As such there are regular ferry connections to the Spanish port of Algeciras. Furthermore, there are more connections with the French port of Sete.
This Tanger Ferry guide will cover ferry routes to Tangier and arrival practicalities.
Ferry Algeciras Tanger
The most popular and frequent Tanger ferry service is from the Spanish port of Algeciras. Almost all ferry companies operate this route and there is a ferry run every 90 minutes between the two ports.
Read more about the Algeciras Tanger ferry route.
Sete Tanger Ferry
This ferry route links Tangier to the French port of Sete, a small city some two hours by train from Marseille. This car-ferry service is less frequent and takes longer, sailing for 36 hours.
Read more about the Sete Tanger ferry.
Booking your Tanger Ferry
Online booking is the best way to book your ferry simply and securely. Use a service such as Aferry to book your return ferry to Tangier. You then simply collect your ticket at the port of crossing by showing a relevant ID (a passport).
Tangier Ferry: Practicalities
Disembarking at Tangier ferry port can be a slow process; with long queues for custom and passport control.
However, this could be made worse if you forget to get your passport stamped as you will be left until last by custom officials. So remember: get your passport stamped while on board the ferry. Announcements are made throughout the journey but not always in English. The important thing is to make your way to the purser’s office during your journey.
Once you go through customs, you will pass into the ferry terminal building. In and around the building, there is a bureau de change and branches of the various banks that sell dirhams at regular rates. There is also an “Assurance Frontière” office in case you need to sort out your vehicle insurance.
A word of warning about unofficial guides – or hustlers – outside the port entrance: ignore them. They are persistent and tell you all sorts of stories: they’ll guide you into town, the hotels are full and you need their services to find a place to stay etc. Don’t feel obliged to answer them, just ignore them completely and continue with your journey.