I will appreciate any information about a reliable airport transfer service in Casablanca. Thank you!
Please simply take the exit from Terminal One and cross the road to the Grand Taxi rank. You will see a panel telling you that the price for Casablanca is 250 dirhams. Don't pay more. Sometimes the first couple of drivers will refuse the job and/or ask for more. Just move down the line until a driver says he'll do it for the price.
If you book with a private transfer company, you are likely simply to get a subcontracted Grand Taxi anyway, for 2 or 3 times the price. So you pay more for the same.
By the way, don't let anyone "help" you find a driver or let them handle your luggage. Do not engage with touts inside the terminal building who offer you a service. They will expect a hefty tip out of all proportion to the work provided. Make sure you have the change, an exact 250 dirhams. Do not pay until your luggage is out of the car boot (trunk?) outside the door to the hotel in case he tries to hold out for more money. This shouldn't happen though, but if it does, tell the hotel staff to call the police. The driver will immediately give in.
Have a lovely time and enjoy the many fantastic sights and restaurants in Casablanca.
I've read that Terminal 1 is under renovation. Can one still safely access it to get to the taxis? And how/ where does one go to reach the train? Finally, I am an insular American who doesn't speak or read any of the major languages of Morocco. Am I going to be able to find my way around just through the airport and then to my hotel without serious trouble? Oh, and the ATMs -- easy to find and easy to read and operate? Thanks for any help to ease my angst. I am so looking forward to this adventure!Edited: 21 April 2017, 20:20
Terminal 1 is being intelligently renovated so that it can still be used by passengers.
The train is at the beginning of Terminal 1 down some escalators - there are easily-understandable signs to follow if you come out of T2. Basically you just turn left and the station is on the right 100 yards further on. The exit to the taxis is 20 yards before the station escalators.
All ATMs in Morocco have a choice of French, English and Arabic. You will find them clustered upstairs from the station. There is a couple in Terminal 2 as well, which you will probably see on your way to the train.
Where is your hotel? Let me help further, if you like.
Thank you so much. I will be joining a group with a predetermined hotel (don't know yet). My main concern is getting to them. Airports and transportation in new countries for a traveler can be problematic - particularly if the traveler doesn't know the local language. Do many people in the transportation/ tourist industry in Morocco speak some English?
Taxi drivers are unlikely to speak English. However, they are used to monoglots, so saying the hotel name clearly will do.
Otherwise receptionists in hotels and waiters are likely to have some (minimal) English.Edited: 22 April 2017, 12:34
How do I get a taxi from my hotel back to the airport?
I would recommend checking the list to transportation providers under casablanca. I would contact a few to check pricing.
You will need a grand taxi for the journey, ask your hotel where the nearest rank is. The official rate from the airport is 250 dh, going to the airport should be less. If the first driver asks for a silly amount, ask the next, and so on.
Can someone suggest a good meeting place in or outside of Terminal 2? I arrive 40 min before the rest of my party and we want to meet up at the airport. Thanks.