Sete Tanger: Guide to the Sete Tanger ferry crossing

The ferry crossing from France to Morocco is between Sete and Tangier.

Ferries between the two portal cities run two to four times a week, all year around. The journey on ferry from Sete to Tangier takes about 36 hours.

The line is run by two companies: Comanav and Comarit. The ferries leave at 19:00 or 20:00 Hrs depending on the company that operates them.

Fares vary according to company and season, with November to February the cheapest and June to September the most expensive. Comarit charges £40 (one-way) for a seat during the low season. The lowest fares at Comanav start at £90 one-way for a bunk bed.

Remember that you can bring your pet, motorbike and car onboard. All will be charged accordingly, of course.

Booking your Sete Tanger Ferry

Online booking is the best way to book your Sete Tanger 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).

Sete 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.