Currency and Cost for your Morocco holiday

The currency of Morocco is the Dirham (dhs), the dirhams is a closed currency which means it can only be purchased once you arrive in Morocco.  You are allowed to bring in or take out 1000 dhs (around £70), but you will need to exchange the rest when you arrive.

The Dirhams is available in note form in denominations of 20, 50, 100 & 200 and in coin form in denominations of 1/2 , 1, 2, 5 & 10.  A dirham is made up of 100 santimat, available in 1, 5, 10 & 20 satimat coins.

You will be able to exchange pounds to dirhams at the airport, ferry ports, banks and most larger hotels, it is a good idea to keep your exchange receipts as you will need them when converting you dirham back to pounds.  PLEASE NOTE YOU WIL NOT BE ABLE TO CHANGE SCOTTISH OR NORTHERN IRISH BANK NOTES and will find it difficult to change travellers cheques.

The preferred payment method across most of Morocco is cash as many traders do not have card facilities.  However larger hotels, restaurant and stores are more likely to accept Visa and MasterCard, often with a small additional charge.  Amex is rarely accepted.

When you change dirhams back to pounds it will be at a much worse rate and as you are unable to take the currency home it is worthwhile withdrawing or changing little and often and no more than you need.

You will find ATMs all over the larger towns and cities, they usually dispense 100 & 200 dirham notes.

As with travel to any other country, please inform your bank/credit card company of your travel plans. This should avoid unexpected blocks being placed on your card. Also check whether they impose a fee for withdrawing cash or making purchases abroad so you don't have a raft of surprise charges waiting for you when you come back! Keep a list of your card numbers and contact phone numbers for your bank separate to your wallet or purse, so if you do lose your cards you'll know how to get in touch with your card issuer

Restaurants

 Avg.

Range

Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant

30.00 MAD

20.00-50.00

Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course

150.00 MAD

90.00-200.00

McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal)

50.00 MAD

48.00-60.00

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught)

25.00 MAD

20.00-45.00

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle)

30.00 MAD

20.00-50.00

Cappuccino (regular)

13.52 MAD

10.00-18.00

Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle)

5.69 MAD

4.00-8.00

Water (0.33 litre bottle)

3.67 MAD

3.00-5.00

Markets

 Avg.

 

Milk (regular), (1 litre)

7.11 MAD

6.40-8.00

Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g)

4.23 MAD

3.00-5.00

Rice (white), (1kg)

12.03 MAD

10.00-15.00

Eggs (12)

13.48 MAD

12.00-18.00

Local Cheese (1kg)

71.92 MAD

40.00-100.00

Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg)

38.81 MAD

23.00-60.00

Beef Round (1kg) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat)

77.54 MAD

66.14-90.00

Apples (1kg)

12.39 MAD

8.00-18.00

Banana (1kg)

10.96 MAD

8.00-15.00

Oranges (1kg)

5.82 MAD

4.50-8.00

Tomato (1kg)

4.82 MAD

4.00-7.00

Potato (1kg)

4.43 MAD

3.00-6.00

Onion (1kg)

4.85 MAD

3.00-7.00

Lettuce (1 head)

3.80 MAD

2.00-5.00

Water (1.5 litre bottle)

6.09 MAD

5.50-7.00

Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range)

60.00 MAD

40.00-80.00

Domestic Beer (0.5 litre bottle)

18.36 MAD

12.00-26.00

Imported Beer (0.33 litre bottle)

21.98 MAD

15.00-31.00

Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro)

33.00 MAD

32.00-35.00

Transportation

 Avg.

 

One-way Ticket (Local Transport)

5.00 MAD

3.50-6.00

Monthly Pass (Regular Price)

190.00 MAD

100.00-220.00

Taxi Start (Normal Tariff)

7.00 MAD

5.00-7.50

Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff)

6.00 MAD

4.00-8.00

Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff)

40.00 MAD

24.00-50.00

Gasoline (1 litre)

9.49 MAD

8.60-10.67