Friday, November 13, 2009

Visiting Essaouira from Marrakech?

Useful information for those wanting to do a day trip to Essaouira.

Buses from Marrakesh to Essaouira are run by ONCF subsidiary Supra Tours, leaving Marrakech five times a day, from 8:30am until 9:00pm. Buses from Essaouira to Marrakech return at the same regular intervals, although not the same times.

The journey takes 2 hours 30 minutes.

The present cost of a one-way bus ticket from Marrakesh to Essaouira is 65 DHS, although discount bus tickets are available for those with youth discount cards, senior discount cards, family discount cards, and loyalty cards.

In general it pays to know that Supra Tours buses are air conditioned, and fast. Remember to book in advance at the office near the train station on Avenue Hassan II.

In our experience it is best to avoid most private companies as the buses are often not air-conditioned and on several occasions have broken down on trips we have tried to undertake.

The CTM bus company office has an office in Guelizis. This is the state bus company that has buses from Marrakech to Agadir, Casablanca, Fez, Goulimine, Ouarzazate, Rabat, Taroudannt, and Zagora.

CTM buses are direct, fast, and air conditioned.

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