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Travel Budget for Morocco

Our Morocco Travel Budget: Show Me The Money

Morocco is, by and large, a very budget-friendly destination. We didn’t find it difficult to keep to our overall Morocco travel budget, but there were definitely varying degrees of how inexpensive things were based on our US standards of value.

Transportation inside cities was very inexpensive: we paid $1.50 for most cab rides, with a maximum cost of $3.00. As far as cab rides go, those are some of the least painful that I’ve ever experienced. Long-distance taxis, though, were another matter: we ended up forking over $60.00 for a taxi from Tinghir to Fez.

Restaurant food was generally 25-50% of what we pay in the US, with the exception being tourist-driven restaurants without any competition nearby to dilute the prices. Orange juice was always worth the money in my opinion–4 dirham ($0.40 USD) for a fresh-squeezed glass always hit the spot.

Lodging was where we found that we had the most room to breathe: we spent $15-35/night for a riad, had private rooms everywhere, and private bathrooms and included breakfast in all but Chefchaouen–but that was also the least expensive place that we stayed.

Travel Budget for Morocco

Trip Length: 12 days

Total Cost (excluding transportation in/out): $868.00 ($72.34/day, $36.17 per person/per day)

Lodging: $258.00 for 9 nights, average $28.67/night

We spent 11 nights total in Morocco, and the lodging for two of them is wrapped up in our 3 day/2 night desert tour. Our remaining 9 nights average out to $28.67/night.

We initially booked all of our lodging online, and when we extended our stays in Fes and Chefchaouen, we handled that in cash (and received a nice discount each time for doing so). Our riad in Marrakech was by far the most expensive–if we go back to Morocco, experience has taught us that we can find a far better rate.

Where We Stayed in Morocco


Riad Ineslisa — This was an inexpensive riad in the medina, and the cost showed. While it was walking distance (about 15 minutes) to Jemma el-Fnaa, the room felt insecure. Our room had only a very thin door with a simple lock and had air flow from the lobby. This was both good since there was no air conditioning, and bad since there was very little privacy as far as noise goes. We wouldn’t stay here again.

Morocco Travel Budget: Marrakech Riad


Riad Malak — This was our favorite place that we stayed in Morocco! The riad was beautiful, the owner kind and helpful, and the breakfast amazing (so many pastries!). Best of all, it had air conditioning. The riad is located in the heart of the medina, easy walking distance to most of the major sites. The only issue we had was a strong mildew smell in the bathroom, but, well–that wasn’t exactly rare in Morocco.


Hostal Vallparadis — Cheap, clean, and very basic: this hostel was exactly what we were looking for. It is made up of all private rooms and is very quiet–exactly what we needed by the time we arrived in Chefchaouen. The rooms and bathrooms (shared) were clean, and the location is walking distance from almost everything we needed (except the bus station). We wouldn’t mind returning here!

Morocco Travel Budget: Marrakech Medina

Transportation: $127.50 

The biggest expenses here were our airport transport ($35.00, higher than it should have been because we booked through our riad for ease), and our taxi from Tinghir to Fez. Bus rides cost under $10.00 per person for long distances.

A Morocco road trip will likely raise your transportation prices a bit, but depending on what kind of trip you’re planning, might be worth it! We didn’t feel ready to take that on during our first trip to Morocco.

Restaurant Food: $152.50 

The bulk of the meals listed in our Morocco travel budget are from restaurants–and yes, we were completely sick of it by the end. The tagine and couscous were great, but after nearly two weeks in Morocco, I think I’ll be fine if I don’t see either for another five years.

The Marrakech Tannery Scam: Our Worst Experience in Morocco

Groceries: $59.00 

By far, our biggest expense in this category was water. It seems fairly inexpensive (most frequently we paid 36 dirham, or $3.60 USD, for 9 liters), but it adds up over time. If you go to the desert, be sure to stock up on water first: the prices rise the closer you get.

We also bought several rounds of snack food and treats, since we didn’t have access to a kitchen and sometimes needed to taste something familiar–Pringles, Oreos and Nestle candy bars were ubiquitous.

Morocco Travel Budget: Stall in Souks

Tours: $217.00 

The vast majority of this cost was our 3 day/2 night tour to the Sahara Desert (which also included plenty of other sightseeing, like Game of Thrones film locations such as Ait Ben Haddou and some beautiful Atlas Mountain viewpoints), but it also includes our disastrous tannery visit, our time at Ben Youssef Madrasa, and a few other odds and ends.

How to Take a Sahara Desert Tour in Morocco (The Right Way)

Miscellaneous: $54.00 

We had a lot of miscellaneous purchases that we needed to fit into our Morocco travel budget, including bathroom fees (most bathrooms have a fee and do not provide toilet paper) and a new pair of cheap sunglasses for both of us. Most expensive (and most embarrassing) were the cash advance fees that we ended up paying on our credit card when our debit card refused to work in Morocco. We ended up working the issue out with our bank, but not before racking up some obnoxious fees.

Because of limited storage space, we did at least pass on all of the (tempting) souvenirs–but the price of those is definitely determined by how good you are at shopping in Morocco!

Travel Budget for Morocco

Overall, I’m very happy with our Morocco travel budget. Like in most locations, if we were to return, we would be able to do it cheaper. A general learning curve to a new destination will almost certainly end up costing a little money, but at the end of the day, we are satisfied with what we spent for the experiences we received.

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We didn’t include it on this budget because, similar to entering and exiting the country, the costs can vary widely for each trip. Be sure to research your needs before taking off!

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27 thoughts on “Our Morocco Travel Budget: Show Me The Money”

    • Never too late! 🙂 It’s a fascinating country and well worth the trip, but definitely go in prepared–it’s not very relaxing!

  1. Beautiful photos, you guys look like you had a real wonderful time! Morocco a great spot for camping, the landscape is magical. Appreciate you guys sharing your experience and expense break downs, articles like these helped me a lot before visiting any country!

  2. Hello together!

    Sounds like an awsome trip!

    My boyfriend and I are planning to travel in Morocco soon. Did you book the desert tour in advance? Do you have any recommendation?

    Thank you in advance!

    Safe travels!

    • Hey Alex! I hope you guys have so much fun. No, we didn’t book the desert tour in advance, and I definitely don’t recommend that you do–the prices they charge to book in advance are insane! There are tons of companies eager to take you out there, you won’t have any trouble finding a company on the ground. I really recommend you read this post I wrote about our time in the Sahara–we learned so much about the process while we were out there and I put all the information right here: It’s an absolutely magical experience–I hope you guys love it as much as we did!

  3. It’s great to see a breakdown of the costs. I’m so glad you mentioned the bathroom fees and toilet roll, I’ll try to remember to carry some in my bag at all times! I read on another blog that you aren’t supposed to drink the tap water but that you could fill water bottles up in restaurants and cafes – did you see anything like that?
    I saw you recommended not booking the desert tours in advance because it’s cheaper when you’re in Morocco – does that extend to all tours? We were planning a trip to the Atlas mountains, but will it be cheaper when we get there?

    • Hmm–I didn’t see anything like people filling up reusables at restaurants. If I had to guess, I would say it’s possible (most tourist restaurants will have purified water on hand), but you’ll undoubtedly be charged for it. We bought bottled water throughout Morocco, but if we were traveling there today we would use our Steripen to purify the tap water.

      We didn’t look at any other tours, but yes, I would guess so–virtually everything was cheaper on the ground once we got to Morocco, by quite a large margin! Atlas Mountain tours are popular, there will be dozens of agencies selling them in major cities.

  4. Hi there! This was insanely helpful in getting a concrete idea of how much basic things cost in comparison to USD. People say that when shopping in the souks the sellers usually price up the products triple what it actually costs. Were the prices that exorbitant in USD?

    • Hi Brooke!

      I’ve typically heard that it’s 4x–if it’s 3x now, maybe they’re getting more realistic! Lol. But yes, the initial prices are always ridiculous–feel free to quote WAY under that. We always followed the rule that we knew what we were willing to pay when we started (after all, the “worth” of something is simply what someone else is willing to pay for it), and we didn’t argue over less than $1.00 USD. If we got close, great, if not–there’s always the next place.

  5. This is extremely helpful.

    However, it looks like our trip (late December/ early January) will be in the busiest season based on what I’ve read around. I think we will opt to stay in nicer places in Fes and Chefchouhan rather than Marrakech because from my research so far Marrakech sounds the most expensive.

    We are wondering whether we should skip the desert tour and go the other way and see Rabat and the coast.

    • Haven’t been to the coast or Rabat ourselves (though Essaouria looks lovely), so can’t compare… but we did really love the desert trip. Being out in the sahara at night is still one of our favorite travel memories to date!

  6. We might end up doing both the desert tour and Rabat since we now have a return flight from Marrakech. Hopefully it is not too much running around.

    • Push comes to shove, you can always look into budget flights in the area. I know Ryanair does a lot in Fes and Marrakech, not sure about Rabat.

  7. I think we will skip Rabat. Right now it’s looking like:
    3 nights in Marrakech (try to do a day trip to Essaouria)
    3 nights for the desert trip that will take us to Fes
    4 nights in Fes (with a day trip or maybe squeeze in a night in Chefchouan)
    2 nights in Marrakech
    It will be a bit of a journey from Fes to Marrakech, so we might break it up and do a quick visit to Casablanca and then get back on the train. Not sure if that’s a good idea as we will have to store our luggage somewhere.

    • I didn’t travel alone, but I have many friends who did! I won’t sugarcoat it: I traveled with a man, and Morocco is still home to the worst street harassment I have ever faced. My female friends who traveled alone had it even worse, and while they weren’t assaulted, there were some close calls.

      I don’t want to dissuade you from going–Morocco truly is a rewarding country, and women regularly travel there alone–but it is definitely one to be cautious in. Bring the thickest skin you can manage, and don’t expect a peaceful trip. I recommend googling the Morocco posts from Eternal Arrival and Never Ending Footsteps to get an idea of what solo female travel in Morocco looks like behind the gorgeous photos. 🙂

  8. Thank you for the information.

    I’ll be heading to Morocco with a tour group in September and really looking forward to the trip.

    You mentioned you had trouble using your debit cards, can you elaborate? Was it because the card did not have a chip? I know we can’t order money through out bank as it’s a close currency so I will need to withdraw once I am there. I’ve been wondering if I should take cash and exchange when I get there in case my debt card doesn’t work.

    But at least with your information I can decide how much to budget for my trip.

    Thanks again

    • Hi Claudia!

      Essentially, not all ATMs would take our debit cards–in some cases we had to try several before finding one that worked. Our cards do have chips.

      Personally, I would bring some USD or Euros to exchange if necessary (we usually carry a bit of just-in-case USD anyway). You probably won’t need it, but better safe than sorry. 🙂

  9. Heading to Morocco next week – great post to assist with budget, and to get a heads up re possible issues with debit card. Were you using a regular debit card or a travel card?
    Again -thanks


    • Thanks Ann! We were using our regular debit card from Schwab, but we’ve used it in 40+ other countries and so far, Morocco is the only place we’ve had a major issue!


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