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How to Backpack Through Morocco on a Budget

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by Matador Creators Dec 14, 2023

Backpacking through a country is one of the most classic ways to travel, conjuring visions of broke college kids hiking through Europe subsisting on microwaveable noodles and staying in sketchy hostels. Backpacking doesn’t have to be sketchy or uncomfortable, though. You can backpack on a budget while still seeing everything you want to see, and doing in relative comfort — especially in a country like Morocco. Here’s how to effectively backpack through Morocco.

Accommodation

Accommodation costs can vary greatly depending on where you choose to stay. Budget hostels in major cities like Marrakech or Fes can range from $10 – $20 per night for a dorm room. If you prefer a bit more comfort, mid-range hotels and guesthouses can be found for around $40 – $60 per night — still pretty cheap. It’s worth noting that many accommodations also offer complimentary breakfast.

Food and Drink

Food is another area where you can expect to spend a significant portion of your budget, but it’s also an area where you can save if you’re mindful. Street food and local eateries are incredibly affordable, with meals costing as little as $3 – $5. A meal at a more upscale restaurant can cost anywhere from $10 – $30. As for drinks, a bottle of water is around $0.30, and a local beer can set you back about $2.

Transportation

Getting around Morocco can be done quite cheaply. Buses and trains are the main modes of transport between cities, with bus fares ranging from $5 – $15 and train fares from $10 – $20, depending on the distance. For inner-city transportation, taxis and shared taxis (called “grand taxis”) are commonly used. They’re inexpensive, but make sure to negotiate the price before starting your journey.

Activities and Sightseeing

Morocco is filled with incredible sights and experiences, from exploring the bustling souks of Marrakech, trekking the Atlas Mountains, to camel trekking in the Sahara Desert. Entrance fees for most tourist attractions are quite reasonable, often under $10. However, guided tours and activities like desert safaris can range from $50 – $100.

Don’t forget to factor in miscellaneous expenses such as travel insurance, toiletries, laundry, and souvenirs. The cost for these will vary depending on your personal needs and preferences. Also remember that it’s customary to tip in Morocco, so keep some small change handy for guides, restaurant staff, and others.

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