Travelling in Morocco - Changing Money

Morocco is a safe place to travel, even as a woman alone. Common sense is all you need really to get by without problems. Below is a collection of useful information to help you get off on the right foot. We are always happy to discuss these matters in more detail with you by telephone or email. We have many years of experience and have lived in the country for over a decade and will be able to help you with any questions you may have.

Converting holiday money to Moroccan Dirhams

Changing Money


The Moroccan Dirham is not available to be bought outside of Morocco.
For your holiday it is best to take GBP (pounds sterling) in cash to change in Morocco.

Large hotels and banks all use the same government controlled exchange rate. Smaller establishments such as riads and small boutique hotels which are not registered as an official exchange place, offer slightly less advantageous rates to cover the change of rate that can happen in the time between them changing your money and getting it to the bank.

You can also change travellers checks.

In Marrakech airport there is a currency exchange office in the baggage hall on arrival. If
this is closed when you arrive then any bank in town or your hotel will be able to change
money for you. We recommend that for the best rate use a bank in Morocco.

You should retain your receipt for the money you change and keep it safe until you leave the
country as this will be required to change your unspent Dirhams into pounds or Euros on your
departure (at the bank in the airport).

ATM (cashpoint machines) are widely available throughout the country. Note, however, that the
exchange rate that you get from the card companies will be less cost effective than changing
money in a bank or hotel.


Most hotels and most reputable shops will accept major credit cards.  Even when shopping in markets, some credit cards will be accepted.  However beware, some souk shops may try to load another 5-10% on the price of the article when they see a credit card.  There is minimal acceptance of Euro cheques although this method should not be relied upon.



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Hi Denise/Max

We had a great time and here is my feedback.

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Freelance travel writer, Susannah Osborne, travelled to Marrakech with Lawrence of Morocco in September 2012, writing for the Financial Times.

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