Car Rental in Rabat
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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.
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 US$ 21.75 per day
- From Rabat to Fez - 247 offers from US$ 27.72 per day
- From Rabat to Tangier - 154 offers from US$ 27.72 per day
- From Rabat to Agadir - 134 offers from US$ 34.22 per day
- From Rabat to Casablanca - 627 offers from US$ 21.75 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.
Useful 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 destinations 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.
Traffic and parking tips
- 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.
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 a day-trip
- 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.
Most popular rental types and 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.
- Casablanca. Although not as historic as some other large cities of Morocco, the country’s largest metropolis is a fascinating place where modern lifestyle is intertwined with older traditions.
- 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.
Car Rental Prices in Rabat
- Station wagons - from $44 per day
- Large cars - from $62 per day
- Medium cars - from $44 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $80 per day
- Premium cars - from $149 per day
- Small cars - from $32 per day
- SUVs - from $104 per day
How can I save money on my rental car?
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.
Top 11 Cities near Rabat
Casablanca Car Rentals from $8.45 per day100.4 km / 62.4 miles away
Marrakesh Car Rentals from $8.20 per day290.5 km / 180.5 miles away
Tangier Car Rentals from $10.78 per day207.8 km / 129.1 miles away
Fez Car Rentals from $10.78 per day171.6 km / 106.6 miles away
Agadir Car Rentals from $10.97 per day476.8 km / 296.2 miles away
Oujda Car Rentals from $18.47 per day458.7 km / 285.0 miles away
Nador Car Rentals from $18.47 per day365.2 km / 226.9 miles away
Essaouira Car Rentals from $17.68 per day390.3 km / 242.5 miles away
Ouarzazate Car Rentals from $15.11 per day342.3 km / 212.7 miles away
Kenitra Car Rentals from $25.37 per day34.7 km / 21.6 miles away
Mohammedia Car Rentals from $55.70 per day62.2 km / 38.6 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Rabat
Le Pietri Urban Hotel Car Rentals from $12.35 per day0.3 km / 0.2 miles away
Theatre National Mohammed V Car Rentals from $12.35 per day0.4 km / 0.3 miles away
Agdal Train Station Car Rentals from $10.48 per day2.4 km / 1.5 miles away
Rabat Hotel Sofitel Jardin des Roses Car Rentals from $16.18 per day2.9 km / 1.8 miles away
Rabat Agdal Ryad Car Rentals from $16.18 per day3.2 km / 2.0 miles away
Rabat The View Hotel Car Rentals from $16.18 per day7.5 km / 4.7 miles away
Rabat Airport Car Rentals from $9.55 per day8.7 km / 5.4 miles away
Casa-Voyageurs Train Station Car Rentals from $29.17 per day84.4 km / 52.5 miles away
Casa-Port Train Station Car Rentals from $10.40 per day85.5 km / 53.1 miles away
Casablanca Hotel Novotel Car Rentals from $56.58 per day85.8 km / 53.3 miles away
Casablanca Hotel Sofitel Car Rentals from $56.58 per day85.9 km / 53.3 miles away
Casablanca Mowenpick Hotel Car Rentals from $56.58 per day87.5 km / 54.3 miles away
Casablanca Hotel Club Val d'Anfa Car Rentals from $56.58 per day91.1 km / 56.6 miles away
Casablanca Nouaceur Car Rentals from $11.88 per day99.4 km / 61.7 miles away
Casablanca Airport Mohammed V Car Rentals from $8.45 per day100.4 km / 62.4 miles away
Fez Airport Car Rentals from $10.78 per day171.6 km / 106.6 miles away
Tangier Airport Car Rentals from $10.78 per day207.8 km / 129.1 miles away
Tanger Ville Train Station Car Rentals from $11.88 per day217.4 km / 135.1 miles away
Tangier Port Ville Car Rentals from $17.82 per day218.4 km / 135.7 miles away
Marrakech Train Station Car Rentals from $14.29 per day287.5 km / 178.6 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Thrifty||Citroen C3||4||2||Small cars|
|WANALOU||Fiat Panda||5||1||Small cars|
|Autounion||Citroen C3||5||1||Small cars|
|Autounion||Fiat Panda||4||1||Small cars|
|GreenMotion||Toyota Yaris||4||2||Medium cars|
|GreenMotion||Hyundai i10||4||1||Small cars|
|AddCar||Dacia Sandero||5||2||Small cars|
|Autounion||Hyundai I10||4||2||Small cars|
|WANALOU||Dacia Logan||4||2||Small cars|
|AddCar||Toyota Yaris||5||3||Medium cars|