Algeciras Tanger: Guide to the Algeciras Tanger Ferry Crossing

The most popular ferry crossing from Spain to Morocco is between Algeciras and Tangier.

There are plenty of options available to you as there are ferries between the two portal cities every hour a day, all year around. The journey takes only about 1 hour by high-speed ferry.

Algeciras is situated in the south of Spain, just slightly north of Tarifa the southernmost town of the country. It is also very close to the British enclave of Gibraltar.

The port itself is one of the busiest in the world, with much traffic to and from Africa. Besides tourists, the ferry to Tanger is boarded mainly by the expatriate Moroccan community in Spain.

If you get stuck in Algeciras after the last ferry has left town, there are plenty of hotels and hostels for accommodation.

Booking your Algeciras Tanger Ferry

Online booking is the best way to book your Algeciras Tanger ferry simply and securely.

Use a service such as Aferryto book your return ferry to Tangier. You then simply collect your ticket at the port of crossing by showing a relevant ID (a passport).

Algeciras Tanger 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.