Rabat Car Hire: A Guide to Rabat Car Rental
If you want a car in Rabat, there is no shortage of agencies to choose from. Although more competition and better deals are available from its bigger neighbour Casablanca, the Moroccan capital has better car park facilities and less of the traffic jam and chaos that blights the street of Casa. With a car rental in Rabat, you can take a quick tour of the city and Morocco at large in less time, without relying on erratic public transport.
Rabat Car Rental: What’s on Offer
There is no shortage of car rental agencies in Rabat, with some 20 local agencies and the major international car rental firms to choose from.
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 Rabat … and save in the process!
For Rabat car hire, you can either choose from the 20 or so local agencies or opt for the international car rental firms, such as Avis, Hertz and Budget, which all have offices in the city. Which one should you go for?
The local agencies will offer much cheaper prices than international firms. You can further bargain for discounts when phoning around, especially during the low season. A good place to start looking is around the train station and at Rabat-Salé Airport itself, where most rental agencies will have desks and offices.
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 Rabat 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 Rabat. I also recommend doing a search on CarRentals, a good broker which has special offers on Rabat car rentals.
Rabat 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 Rabat Car Hire Addresses:
Avis: 7, Rue Abou Faris al Marini. Telephone: 037 76 97 59
Budget: Avenue Mohammed V, Rabat Train Station. Telephone: 037 70 57 89
Hertz: 46, Avenue Mohammed V. Telephone: 037 70 92 27
EuropCar: 25, Rue Patrice Lumumba. Telephone: 037 72 23 28
National: Corner of Rue Ghandi and Rue du Caire. Telephone: 037 72 27 31
These car rental agencies have also desks at Rabat-Salé Airport or will meet arrivals by arrangement.