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Rabat, Morocco
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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Rabat Airport
Mini
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
United Rent A Car
$22.30 per day
Rabat Airport
Economy
Dacia Sandero or similar
Dacia Sandero
  • 5
  • 1
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Man.
MOVIS Car Rental
$24.08 per day
Rabat Airport
Compact
Toyota Yaris or similar
Toyota Yaris
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
AddCar
$27.24 per day
Rabat Ville Train Station
Mini Elite
Kia Picanto or similar
Kia Picanto
  • 4
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Budget
$28.48 per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Rabat Airport
Intermediate
Citroen C-Elysse or similar
Citroen C-Elysse
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Surprice
$30.87 per day
Rabat Airport
Special
Dacia Dokker or similar
Dacia Dokker
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
AirCar
$44.92 per day
Downtown
Standard
Skoda Octavia or similar
Skoda Octavia
  • 5
  • 2
  • 5
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Thrifty
$54.10 per day
Rabat Airport
Compact Elite
Citroen C-Elysse or similar
Citroen C-Elysse
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Autounion
$60.00 per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 05:52 on 2024-07-13. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Arabic, French, Spanish
Currency
MAD
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+212
Average car rental price
$36 per day
Average car rental length
9 days
Speed limit within town
60 km/h or 37 mph
Speed limit out of town
100 - 120 km/h or 62 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.02%
Rating
8.9 / 10
Average gas price
$1.57 per liter or $5.93 per gallon
Lowest gas price
$1.38 per liter or $5.23 per gallon
Highest gas price
$1.70 per liter or $6.44 per gallon

Why rent a car in Rabat?

Rabat is a great place for renting a car. Having the freedom of your own wheels will let you to experience all of the city, not just its downtown, as well as to travel to other cities and nature areas nearby.

Rabat

One-Way Car Rentals in Rabat

The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Rabat and drop off in another city include:

  • From Rabat to Marrakech - 368 offers from $19.55 per day
  • From Rabat to Fes - 247 offers from $24.92 per day
  • From Rabat to Tangier - 154 offers from $24.92 per day
  • From Rabat to Agadir - 134 offers from $30.76 per day
  • From Rabat to Casablanca - 627 offers from $19.55 per day

Top ways to enter Rabat

  • Rabat Airport. Also known as Rabat–Salé, the main airport serving the capital region handles about one million travelers every year. Made up of a single terminal, the airport has flights by nine different airlines. Rabat Airport is some 15km (9.3 miles) from downtown Rabat and takes about 25 minutes to reach by car.
  • Casablanca Airport. Also called Mohammed V Airport after the former monarch of Morocco, Casablanca Airport handles more than ten million travelers every year, making it by far the busiest in the country. The airport is the main hub of the national carrier Royal Air Maroc and also has flights by around 25 other airlines. Located 115km (68 miles) southwest of Rabat, the airport can be reached in 1 hour and 20 minutes.
  • Fez Airport. Serving the historic city in the interior of the country, Fez–Saïs Airport handles about 1.2 million travelers per year. The airport is a large hub for Air Arabia Maroc and Ryanair, and is also served by eight other airlines. Fez Airport is located 215km (133 miles) east of Rabat and can be reached in about 2 hours and 20 minutes.
  • Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport. Located in the northwestern corner of the country and named after the legendary Arab traveler, Tangier-Ibn Battouta has flights by around 15 airlines, including the low-cost carriers easyJet, Transavia, and Volotea. Rabat is 250km (155 miles) south and takes about 2 hours and 40 minutes to reach. 

City facts

  • Located on the coast of the ocean, Rabat has a Mediterranean climate. With hot, long summers and mild, short winters. The average high temperature is 27°C (81°F) in August, the warmest month, and 17°C (63°F) in January, the coldest. Precipitation is extremely low during the summer months, but winters are very rainy, with an especial increase in November and December.
  • Rabat has been inhabited since the 12th century when a military outpost was established in the area by the Almohad dynasty (the city’s name means ‘fortification’ in Arabic). Later, the city was ruled by the Spanish, Barbary pirates, and French colonialists before replacing Fez as the capital of the French protectorate of Morocco in 1912. Despite being only the seventh-largest city in Morocco, Rabat retains the title to this day. 

Top sights and activities

  • Kasbah of the Oudaias. The oldest part of the capital city, the fortress of the Oudaias (or Udayas) was first built in the 12th century by the Almohad Caliphate. You can get lost in its cute labyrinthine streets, visit the beautiful Andalusian Gardens, or enjoy the view of the nearby Atlantic Ocean.
  • Chellah. First founded by Carthaginians more than 2000 years ago and later ruled by Romans and Moroccans, in this old city you can learn about the rich history of Rabat in one place. In more recent times, a great number of bird species have found home here, including a stork nest on the top of an old minaret.
  • Rabat Zoo. Home to different species of animals from Morocco, Sahara, and the rest of Africa, Rabat Zoo tries to provide them with homes that are similar to their natural habitats, be they mountains, desert, or rain forest.
  • Hassan Tower and nearby mausoleum. The tower was intended to become the minaret for the largest mosque in the entire world but the Moroccan ruler Yacoub al-Mansour, who had initiated the project, died before it could be completed. The beautiful patterns on the tower, and the pillars arranged in symmetrical perfection on the ground make this place a must-see on your visit to Rabat!
  • Medina. Although not as vast as the one in Marrakesh or as full of craftsmen as that of Fez, Rabat’s Medina, or Old Town, is one of the most atmospheric areas of the capital city. Known for its medieval fountains and gates, and surrounded by some of the nicest green areas of the city, the Rabat Medina has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Traffic and parking

  • Unless specifically indicated otherwise, the speed limits are 120 km/h on motorways (autoroutes), 100 km/h on roads outside urban cities that are not motorways, and 60 km/h within populated areas.
  • Even inside some big cities, and in the most smaller towns and villages, there are no special lanes for cyclists or sometimes even pavements for pedestrians. In those cases, you’ll be sharing a road with them, so be extra careful.
  • Road signs are written in both Arabic and French. If you don’t know either of these languages, it’s good to learn at least the main terms in one of them before renting a car.
  • The legal alcohol limit is 0.00% for both experienced and novice drivers. Drunk driving can lead to large fines and even jail time or deportation.
  • The insurance and car documentation needs to be in the car whenever you’re driving.
  • If you’re the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
  • The nation-wide emergency police number is 19 and the nation-wide ambulance and fire safety department number is 15.

Toll roads

A toll needs to be paid for using most of Morocco’s motorways or autoroutes. All of the toll roads in Morocco are administered by the state-owned company Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM). 

Morocco uses a “closed system” for its toll roads, meaning that there is a toll booth both at the entrance and the exit of the toll road. You pay either by cash or by credit card (although some toll points might only accept cash so it’s good to have some available at all times). Make sure to keep any proof that you have paid for the toll road as police checks are frequent and fines can be hefty. The prices for using the toll roads are generally quite low.

Most of the toll roads connect the largest cities of the country. Oftentimes you can opt to use regional roads instead - while traveling along those will be much slower, the views are usually much more scenic.

Ideas for day trips

  • Skhirat. Just a half an hour’s drive from downtown Rabat, Skhirat is perhaps the most famous beach town near the capital city. Although Skhitar’s central area has become rather posh and crowded in recent years, you can easily find more quiet spots if you drive up or down the coast.
  • Fez. Just a couple of hours drive from Rabat, Fez is one of the most famous cities of Morocco, and, indeed, North Africa. Visit its great markets or souks, where skilled leather tanners still practice their craft to this day.
  • Maâmora Forest. Holding the title of the world’s largest cork oak forest, this nature reserve is home to many species of flora and fauna and is one of the largest green areas in all of Morocco.
  • Casablanca. Just an hour’s drive from Rabat, you can visit the modern metropolis of Casablanca. Walk in the medina, which is one of the latest built in Morocco, visit the center and its art-deco buildings and marvel at the splendid architecture of the Hassan II mosque, built on the water.

Most popular cars

The most popular rental cars in Morocco are the Hyundai i10, the Dacia Logan, and the Renault Clio. Most national highways are in great shape, but if you plan to drive in the Atlas Mountains or in the Sahara Desert, getting a 4x4 vehicle can be a good idea. The most popular rental car types in Morocco are Economy, Mini, and Intermediate.

Further destinations

  • Meknes. This is one of the four imperial cities of Morocco. Architect lovers should the huge gates of Bab Mansour, one of the largest - and considered as one of the most beautiful - city gates of Morocco with its tall columns, ancient arches and intricate turquoise tiles.  Other places worth visiting in Meknes are the Mausoleum of Sultan Moulay Ismail, the Royal Stables and its ancient medina. You can also take a day trip to the holy city of Moulay Idriss and Volubilis, one of Morocco's best-preserved Roman ruins and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. 
  • Essaouira. Located on the Atlantic Coast, beautiful Essaouira has long captured the imaginations of Arab poets and Western rock stars alike. Although the title is passionately contested, it also has a strong claim for being the seafood capital of Morocco.
  • Marrakech. Timeless Morocco attracts visitors with Jemaa el-Fnaa, a square and a market in its historic medina quarter that is like the whole of Morocco in miniature. Watch street performers and snake and lizard charmers from the desert, join a local concert next to a bonfire, bargain for local crafts, and, when you’ve soaked yourself in the atmosphere for good, travel further to visit the snowy peaks of the nearby Atlas Mountains.
  • Agadir. Located way down south, Agadir has quickly grown in stature to become one of Morocco’s main tourist attractions. The heart of the country’s Berber culture, the large port city is known for its museums, as well as some stunning nearby nature and some of the loveliest surfing spots on the Moroccan Atlantic coast. The drive from Rabat takes about five to six hours, with the possibility to travel either through Marrakesh or right along the coast and past the previously mentioned gem that is Essaouira.

Car rental prices in Rabat

  • Station wagons - from $31 per day
  • Large cars - from $26 per day
  • Medium cars - from $24 per day
  • Vans - from $34 per day
  • Premium cars - from $76 per day
  • Small cars - from $22 per day
  • SUVs - from $40 per day

Money-saving tips

There are things you can do to get a good rental car deal in Rabat:

  • Compare the rates of different rental car providers
  • Book your rental car well in advance
  • Plan your route before you go
  • Know your fuel and mileage requirements
  • Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Rabat is the cheapest in January when renting a car is almost 45% cheaper than the yearly average.
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Article reviewed and updated by Cynthia Bil, founder of Journal of Nomads, an Adventure Travel Blog for backpackers and adventurous travelers interested in culture, nature, and outdoor activities in Morocco and off-the-beaten-path regions such as Central Asia and the Caucasus. Cynthia is a blogger, professional photographer, and tour leader.

Top 13 cities near Rabat

  1. 27.1 km / 16.8 miles away
  2. 70.8 km / 44 miles away
  3. 108.6 km / 67.5 miles away
  4. 113.2 km / 70.3 miles away
  5. 164.1 km / 102 miles away
  6. 201.3 km / 125.1 miles away
  7. 214.8 km / 133.5 miles away
  8. 297.1 km / 184.6 miles away
  9. 356.7 km / 221.6 miles away
  10. 402.7 km / 250.2 miles away
  11. 450.3 km / 279.8 miles away
  12. 484.1 km / 300.8 miles away
  13. 1,454.1 km / 903.5 miles away

Top 16 locations near Rabat

Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Rabat?

Car rental prices in Rabat vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Rabat
$18.70
January
$19.50
February
$16.17
March
$23.00
April
$26.24
May
$24.17
June
$34.59
July
$40.59
August
$21.78
September
$24.84
October
$17.63
November
$23.84
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Rabat is March (when prices average $16.17 per day). This is 33% cheaper than the yearly average and 60% cheaper than renting in August (when prices average $40.59).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Rabat?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 13 days, and in May, they keep their car for 7 days.
Average number of rental days in Rabat
8
January
8
February
9
March
10
April
7
May
12
June
13
July
11
August
10
September
9
October
8
November
9
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Rabat?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Rabat is November, and the least popular is March.
Monthly searches in Rabat by pick-up date relative to the average
88%
January
111%
February
82%
March
96%
April
92%
May
96%
June
92%
July
102%
August
99%
September
113%
October
120%
November
109%
December

Car rental information

Car rental locations 11
Airport locations 1
Popular suppliers United Rent A Car, AirCar, Budget, AddCar, Dollar
Popular car categories Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs, Vans
Lowest price $22 per day
Cheapest supplier United Rent A Car

Most popular car models of rental suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
United Rent A Car Dacia Sandero 5 2 Small cars
United Rent A Car Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
AirCar Kia Picanto 4 1 Medium cars
AirCar Dacia Duster 4 3 SUVs
Budget Kia Picanto 4 1 Small cars
AirCar Dacia Lodgy Stepway 5 3 Vans
United Rent A Car Dacia Logan 4 2 Medium cars
AirCar Kia Picanto 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Fiat 500 2 1 Small cars
United Rent A Car Dacia Duster 5 3 SUVs

Our customers' reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have the option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic.

Morocco
Renault Clio
May 31, 2024
Visited tangier and casablanca in this car. Smooth as a whistle
Romania
Peugeot 208
December 3, 2023
Morocco is a beautiful country with many beautiful sights. There are good paid highways, but there are also some roads in very poor condition. Driving though the mountains is amazing. In the cities it is best to park the car and explore on foot. Rabat and Tangier are very modern and clean, Chefchaouen is incredibly scenic. Fes is best avoided, the medina is dirty, chaotic and unsafe. Everyone tries to fleece you and money just keep flowing out of your pocket. I wish I had time to go South and to the desert.
France
Hyundai Accent
November 22, 2023
Good
Morocco
Fiat 500
February 18, 2023
It’s always good to have a car when travelling in the north of Morocco.
Canada
Fiat Panda
November 21, 2022
Rabat is getting beautiful every time I revisit.
Canada
Fiat Tipo
March 24, 2022
hard to find office. website not updated.
Canada
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
December 24, 2020
The parking is very close just a little walk and you are there
Morocco
Citroen C Elysee
November 19, 2020
Rabat is great city.
Romania
Hyundai i10
January 8, 2019
Very nice country to visit. Be careful when driving (the traffic is a bit crazy).
United Kingdom
Hyundai i10
January 6, 2019
it was easy to collect the car and driving around morocco is very nice you can drive confident .
United Kingdom
Dacia Logan
September 12, 2018
If you don’t speak French or Arabic you are doomed. Plus there is one rule to driving in Rabat is that there are no rules for driving.
United Kingdom
Kia Picanto
June 20, 2018
It is easy and simple to drive well sign posted and GPS works if one have internet
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest-rated company
Budget
8.7 / 10
)
Lowest-rated company
Sovoy
4.7 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
60
Total rental companies
28
Average daily price
$36.50
Lowest daily price
$22.30
Total cars available
1507

Top 28 suppliers in Rabat in 2024

Budget
Budget
Very good 8.7 / 108 reviews
3 locations
$26 - $172
Dollar
Dollar
Very good 8.6 / 53 reviews
2 locations
$39 - $136
AirCar
AirCar
Very good 8.5 / 197 reviews
1 location
$30 - $142
Thrifty
Thrifty
Very good 8.1 / 56 reviews
3 locations
$43 - $155
SIXT
SIXT
Very good 8.1 / 5 reviews
1 location
$77 - $93
Europcar
Europcar
Very good 8 / 5 reviews
2 locations
$60 - $389
Avis
Avis
Good 7.9 / 9 reviews
2 locations
$54 - $164
Locationauto
Locationauto
Good 7.8 / 81 reviews
1 location
Autounion
Autounion
Good 7.8 / 61 reviews
1 location
$45 - $615
Keddy
Keddy
Good 7.8 / 41 reviews
2 locations
Payless
Payless
Good 7.8 / 8 reviews
2 locations
$59 - $164
Hertz
Hertz
Good 7.5 / 17 reviews
3 locations
$62 - $246
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4
2 locations
$58 - $449
North Car Rental
North Car Rental
Good 7.4
1 location
United Rent A Car
United Rent A Car
Good 7.3 / 337 reviews
6 locations
$22 - $1,412
Optimo Rent
Optimo Rent
Good 7.3 / 79 reviews
2 locations
Firefly
Firefly
Good 7.3 / 6 reviews
1 location
$66 - $127
Prepaid Car Rental
Prepaid Car Rental
Good 7.3
1 location
$71 - $379
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Good 7.1 / 4 reviews
1 location
ACARENT
ACARENT
Satisfactory 6.9 / 6 reviews
1 location
Surprice
Surprice
Satisfactory 6.4 / 81 reviews
2 locations
$24 - $194
Zezgo
Zezgo
Satisfactory 6.4 / 3 reviews
2 locations
MOVIS Car Rental
MOVIS Car Rental
Satisfactory 6.4 / 2 reviews
5 locations
$23 - $735
AddCar
AddCar
Satisfactory 6.1 / 68 reviews
7 locations
$24 - $527
WheeGo
WheeGo
Satisfactory 6 / 12 reviews
1 location
$24 - $236
EXER
EXER
Poor 5.9 / 20 reviews
1 location
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Poor 5.7 / 64 reviews
2 locations
$28 - $212
Sovoy
Sovoy
Poor 4.7 / 88 reviews
2 locations
$77 - $483
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