What you should know before hiring a car in Fez
|Fez city centre|
|Fès-Saïss Airport (FEZ): 13 km from city centre|
Where is best to rent a car in Fez?
A cultural hub in northern Morocco, Fez is a vibrant city filled with colorful markets, medieval architecture, and beautiful photo opportunities. International arrivals will likely touch down in Fès–Saïs Airport, from which there is a number of ways to get into the city center. Traveling by bus is the cheapest and simplest option, as taxis can be expensive – especially for tourists, who are likely to be offered a higher price than locals. However, for an easy and fuss-free way to travel from the airport to Fez and beyond, renting a car is a good option. Choose from car rental companies including Avis, Green Motion Group, Flizzr, Hertz and Sixt, all of whom offer car rental services from the airport or the city itself. Fez Railway Station is the primary train hub in the city, and offers rail services to a number of Moroccan destinations. However, traveling by car is a much more comfortable option and will allow visitors to travel at their own pace.
Driving in Fez: parking and other tips
Fez is an easy city to explore on foot; traveling around the city by car, on the other hand, is a little more of a challenge. The walled Fez El Bali medina is a car-free zone, and as such it's advisable to park your rental car outside of the city center to best explore all Fez has to offer. There are a number of paid parking areas around the medina, as well as hotel parking for guests. Be sure to take all valuables with you once you have parked your rental car. Driving in Fez and around Morocco comes with a few rules of the road. The minimum age to rent a car in Morocco is 23 years old; seat belts must be worn at all times; and drivers must not use their cell phone while behind the wheel.
Road trips from Fez
Planning to take a road trip from Fez? For those wishing to explore the surrounding areas by rental car, there is plenty to see and do. Check out these three great destinations, all of which are easily accessible by car from Fez.
Fez to Marrakech
Driving from Fez to Marrakech takes travelers on a route which encompasses both coast and inland Morocco. Taking around five-and-a-half hours to complete, the drive can be broken up with a stop off in Casablanca – another great road trip destination detailed below! The destination is worth the drive, as Marrakech is home to a whole host of attractions. Stop over for at least one night and enjoy shopping in the souks, street food in the bustling main square Jemaa el-Fnaa, and art and nature in the Majorelle Gardens.
Fez to Casablanca
A drive of around three hours from Fez will take travelers to the coastal city of Casablanca. Many will recognise the city's name from the eponymous 1942 movie, and there are plenty of reasons to visit this beautiful metropolis with a local feel. The impressive Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca Cathedral, and the Place des Nations Unies are just a few.
Fez to Rabat
The capital city of Morocco, Rabat overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and stands around 129 miles from Fez by road. Among the many great attractions to be found in Rabat, don't miss a trip to the Kasbah of the Udayas; a visit to the beautiful yet unfinished Hassan Tower; and the Chellah gardens.