Marrakech Car Hire: A Guide to Marrakech Car Rental
Are you looking for car hire in Marrakech? Having a car is the best way for those with a few days to spare to get out of town and enjoy some quiet time away from the noisy and quite exhausting Medina. You can take a trip to the countryside or into the Atlas Mountains, and check out the contrasting attractions of many pleasant stops, including the lush Ourika Valley and the sparkling waterfalls of Cascades d’Ouzoud.
Marrakech Car Rental: What’s on Offer
Marrakech car hire rates are generally the most competitive after Casablanca. You have the option of going for local agencies or major international car rental firms, such as Hertz, Budget and Avis. These are well represented and have office in Marrakech city centre and desks at Marrakech Menara Airport.
The smallest car available is generally a Fiat Uno, more rarely a Renault 4. A reliable small car, with small clearance and better road holding, is the Peugeot 205. These will cost from around 3500 dh per week, or 500dh per day for unlimited mileage.
Four-wheel drives include the Suzuki Gemini (2 persons), the Vitara (4 persons) and the Mitsubishi Pajeros (6 persons). The cost is considerably higher, up to 10 000 dh per week or 1,400 per day for unlimited mileage.
How to hire a car in Marrakech… and save in the process!
As mentioned previously, you can rent a car with local Moroccan agencies or through the international car rental firms which are well represented in Marrakech. Which one should you go for?
Local car rental companies in Marrakech offer the best value deals and there are plenty around; so you can further bargain for discounts. In the low season (October to mid-December and mid-January to the end of February), you should be able to negotiate discounts of up to 20%.
However, international car rental firms have one major advantage over local agencies: service in case of emergencies, breakdown or accident. Through their network of offices throughout Morocco, a replacement car can be sent to you from the nearest depot. Besides, you can book in advance over the Internet and get discounts of up to 30%.
To get the best deal on your Marrakech car rental, I suggest you use a comparison site to automatically shop around and save in the process. My top pick is TravelSupermarket, which has the largest range of all car hire companies represented in Marrakech. I also recommend doing a search on Car Rentals, a good broker which has special offers on Marrakech car rentals.
Marrakech Car Rental Insurance and Practicalities
Insurance is a compulsory and sold with all car rental agreements. You should take out Collision Damage Waiver insurance (up to 110 dh a day) and it’s also a good idea to take out personal insurance (around 40 dh per day). Note that most car rental agreements prohibit the use of cars in unsurfaced roads and as such you will not be covered for any off-road driving damages.
Before setting out, check the car condition: tyre condition, presence of jack and warning triangle, safety belts and working lights. Make sure you car comes with a spare tyre, a toolkit and full documentation – including insurance cover.
Useful Marrakech Car Hire Addresses:
Avis: 137, Avenue Mohammed V. Telephone: 024 43 25 25
Budget: 68, Boulevard Mohammed Zerktouni. Telephone: 024 43 11 80
Hertz: 154, Avenue Mohammed V. Telephone: 024 43 13 94
EuropCar: 63, Boulevard Mohammed Zerktouni. Telephone: 024 43 12 28
These car rental agencies have also booths at Marrakech Menara Airport or will meet arrivals by arrangement.