Realistically, how safe is bus travel in Morocco? In particular I am going from Marrakech to Mergouza at the end of January.
There seem to be two bus companies travelling daily, CTM and Supratours - is there anything to choose between them? And what chance is there of not being able to get a seat?
I was in Morocco a few years ago for about a month, and we took the bus everywhere. It's generally very safe. Traffic can be a bit crazy, so accidents can happen but not very often. Crime is pretty low, too. CTM is sortof like the government bus. They weigh your baggage (and charge you a little for it), and give you a claim ticket. The other companies don't usually do this, but expect some hangers-around to try to "handle" your baggage and ask for a few coins in return. I remember CTM accepting reservations, and getting a ticket a few days ahead of time was sometimes necessary depending on the route. Many of the other companies leave from the main bus stations, and if you're going from major cities, you can generally just show up at the bus station and get something in the next few hours. Buses claim to run on schedules but will generally wait until they are at least mostly full to start the journey. Expect inefficiency. about 5 years ago
I agree. I'm an American living in France. I'm in Morocco, and as mentioned travel is pretty safe on the non-governmental buses. Just expect a certain amount of chaos at the terminals. Just remain calm and you will see a pattern of behavior. Again expect inefficient service. If you're not traveling too far, take a grand taxi, but buy 2 seats as these workhorse Mercedes will only leave when they have 6 passengers. Buying 2 seats guarantees you space up front. about 5 years ago
Robert's answer about the grand taxi is spot on!! That is exactly how it is here! As far as safety on the buses, I found them safe. Safe yes, comfortable... Not always the case. :) Lets face it, it gets hot in Morocco. Many of the buses do not have climate control. :) about 5 years ago