I’ve mentioned before I hate transportation days and hate border crossings even more. I don’t know why but I get so scared before both of them & I can’t help it. I’m a huge procrastinator and normally leave doing research for my next destination off until a day or two before I am heading that way. For Morocco it was a bit different every night I would spend some time on the internet doing research on what places to visit and of course how to get there.
When I plan my route I make sure I take into account where I am coming from and where I am going next. I try to plan the most logical route to get me to my next destination and where I want to visit in the coming weeks. I knew I was going to be going to Valencia for La Tomatina, but still wanted to visit Madrid and Barcelona in Spain. It would have been stupid for me to go from Valencia to either of those and then back down to Morocco. So instead from Valencia visited Granada (loved it) and then made my way down to Algeciras. I knew you could get to Morocco from Algeciras, but could not find any definite directions online on how to. So that is why I am giving you these 6 easy steps.
1st step –
Assuming you have made it to Algeciras from here you are going to book a ferry to Ceuta, Spain (yes a part of Spain is in Africa I had no clue). To book the ferry you can visit the port and book a ticket at any of the travel agencies down there. You will see so many. I walked past them and went to the actual terminal to buy my ticket. Two companies run from Algeciras to Ceuta “Balearia” and “Acciona”. The price difference is not much so either is fine. I went with Balearia because they had the time I wanted 9am. A one-way ticket cost me 34euro. Be sure when you book the ticket they give you the entrance & exit forms that you will need at the border crossing.
2nd step –
Assuming you have booked your ticket you have now just docked in Ceuta, Spain. From here you will disembark make your way down to exit the terminal. When you exit the terminal walk straight until you hit the first street when you do you will make a left. You will see several supermarkets on your right hand side. Walk forward until you hit the end and you must turn right. Once you make the right you will walk just a bit more to the bus stop. From here you are going to take bus #7 to “La Frontera” (the border). It is a 15-minute bus ride & cost .70cents. It is the last stop so you will see everyone get off.
3rd step –
You have arrived at the border. You do not need an exit stamp from Spain so follow everyone as they cross to the Moroccan entrance. A man will be standing at a make shift door and see that you do not have a stamp. He will then direct you to where you need to get the stamp. It’s weird because you are directed to the same place cars are crossing the border at. When you get to the guy hand him your passport along with your entrance form. He will then stamp it and you are good to cross the man at the door.
4th step –
As soon as you cross that door you are in a whole different world. You will see a lot of men just hanging around walk past them and ignore them. Then you will see like 100 taxi’s waiting in lines. Ask for a taxi heading to Tetuan. The driver will try and convince you to get it all by yourself. Let him know you are not in a rush and that you want it to be a “COLLECTIVO” where it’s you and 5 others. I had to wait about 10-15minutes before others (locals) came along that needed to go to Tetuan. Ask for the price before hand should not be more than 2euros. I paid 2euros even though I know the locals paid less. I did not want to haggle because 2euros for a 45min taxi ride is not bad.
5th step –
45minutes later you have arrived at Tetuan. Let the taxi driver know you want to be dropped off near the bus station. I was dropped off about 1km from the station. Was a walk downhill so not bad at all. This is what the bus station looks like. When you walk into the bus station again you will see tons of men trying to get you to where you want. Walk past them and make it to the windows. I purchased my ticket from window 3 for MAD15 ($2). Make sure it’s the right window because things do change. It was a bus ticket from Tetuan to Chefchauoen.
6th step –
1.5 hours later you have arrived from Tetuan to Chefchauoen. You are now here and just need to make your way to your hostel/hotel.
OTHER TIPS & INFORMATION
- In Ageciras, Spain I stayed at Lisboa Hostel for 2nights in a private room (it was only 3euros more than a dorm). The gentleman running the hostel was very nice & helpful as I planned for my trip to Morocco. The WiFi was also very good and I was able to get a lot of blog work done.
- In Chechaouen, Morocco I stayed at Pension Soulka had booked for 3nights and ended up staying a week. I have fallen in love with this town (more on that later). This hostel is very nice and cheap. Only book 2 nights online to make sure you have a spot, but if you want to stay longer let them know and you get a cheaper rate than online with them.
- Morocco is 2hours behind Spain. So as soon as you enter Morocco be sure to move your watch back 2 hours. If it’s noon in Spain it’s 10am in Morocco.
- Be sure to have change (coins) so that you pay the bus in Ceuta to “La Frontera” and so that you can just give the taxi driver 2euros for the drive to Tetuan.
- Go ahead and change about 20euros into Moroccan currency so that you have it for your bus ticket purchase and anything else that may arise.
- The reason I started my trip in Morocco in Chefchaouen is because now from here I can make my way to Fez – Marrakesh – Essaouira – Casablanca – Rabat (in that order) with out having to back track and then back to finish Spain through Tangier!
Yup it is that simple… I stressed so much over nothing. In total it was about an 8 hour transportation day and hassle free. This should help you and answer any questions you may have. If for some reason you have any other questions or concerns feel free to contact me or leave a comment below. I am always happy to help anyone out.