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ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

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ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

I'm looking for ferry timetables for October and November. Does the service stop over the winter or are they just not available yet. Don't really need a timetable but DO need to know they're running! Many thanks. Hackney Grandma

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1. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

Ferries run every day including Christmas and New Year. Best route for foot passengers is Tarifa to Tanger City, best route for vehicle owners is Algeciras to Tanger Med. Absolutely NO need to book in advance at that time of year, just turn up and get on the next ferry.

More information on post #5 at morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/…

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2. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

Thanks Tim, I'm planning to travel by train and bus - mainly train so which is better for that?

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3. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

If you are travelling by train from Tangier then your best ferry route will be from Tarifa directly into Tangier City. The port in town is just a short 'petit taxi' ride to the train station.

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4. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

Or do you mean by train in Spain?

Where in Spain will you be starting from?

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5. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

Train/bus = foot passenger.

To add to zohor's response, here's a Google Earth satellite image of the port and train station: morocco-knowledgebase.net/photos/tanger-vill…

It's a short taxi ride as you can see from the size of the ferry entering the port, so probably about 15-20dh, though you will undoubtedly be asked for more. There are change places just past the police/customs controls.

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6. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

We went from Tarifa to Tangier in late Oct but it is a hydrofoil and our return journey was messy as the hydrofoil service was cancelled due to poor weather. We ended up getting the longer ferry to Algeciras then onto Tarifa by bus. We did get a full refund once we got to Tarifa though. This is a rare event but hydrofoils are always susceptible to cancellation in heavy seas. Just leave yourself some time leeway just in case.

The trains in Morocco are good but you can only book tickets once you are in the county. We took a sleeper to Marrakesh from tangier and also the train from Tangier to Fes.

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7. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

I was planning to take the train to Algeciras but haven't researched alternatives such as Tarifa. Just want it to be (relatively) straightforward and am not very bothered about saving time. I've used trains in Morocco and found them completely fine. Planning to make a couple of stops on the way to a village outside Cassablanca to visit an old POW site. Marrakesh on the way to Essouaria and then maybe south. Not really sure yet. I'd love to go back to Sidi Ifni but will be seeing how things go.

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8. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

If you are on foot, coming by air from Malaga or Gibralta, the exellent bus service via La Linea and Algeciras will take you to Tarifa where a fast ferry lands you in Tangier. An overnight stay, with a walk around this wonderful city, with its beautiful beach promenade, then to the Brand New Rail station for a train to Marakkesh, or the Bus Station. Forget the stories of dirt and hustlers, Tangier is now a beautifull City, much cleaner than England. Coming with a car or motorhome, head for Lidl at exit 112 Algeciras. Park up with 100 or so Vans, and cross the road to Juan Carlos Gutierrez to buy your ticket. No one can beat his price. All tickets are open date. Ask for the ferry Baleria. Do not go on Aciona if you have a big van. This crossing to Morocco is a disgrace. There are no Roll On Roll Off Ferrys, you always have to turn round on the boat, and often to back on. A nightmare if you have a car and caravan.Tanger Med is absolute Chaos. Pay the extra and head for Ceuta. Much less Hassle. ABK.

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9. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

This year 2012 The Great Feast, when the sheep are slaughtered, is 26th. October, so for the previous 10 days, the ferrys will be packed with returning Moroccans, going home for the holiday. Avoid traveling then! The Ferry booking sites refer to Roll On Roll Off Ferrys. There are none. The fare last year from Juan Carlos was 190 Euros for a Camping car (Motorhome) with two passengers. This is for one hour crossing on an ancient boat on which you have to drive on and turn round (The Baleria), or a much smaller boat (Aciona) where you have to reverse on, (With shouting and arm waving by the useless sailors). These are Spanish boats, and the Port of Algeciras is equally chaotic, with groups of Police standing in groups chatting and smoking, whilst madness reigns. The new port of Tanger Med,started well, but has rapidly gone downhill. If this is your first time, keep calm. Once you get out of Tanger Med and onto the Motorway, All is well. Do understand the System of importing your vehicle. Your passport has been stamped on the boat. Now the police must register your import document , (Three copies that you got with your ticket from Juan Carlos). This is sent by computer to Rabat to be checked and registered, and when this has been done, you will be given back 2 copies, stamped and dated. Then you will be asked by the customs if you have any hunting guns, which they will register so you must bring them back,not sell them. If you do not get 6 months for your vehicle which is usual for a tourist vehicle, (3 months for commercials), you can ask for an extension at Agadir Port. You will be asked sometimes by official looking hustlers, to pay, to jump the line. Many people pay sometimes 15 or 20 euros. If only it were true ! I would willingly pay. Just be patient. You have got to be cleared before the next ferry arrives! Do not let this put you off. Morocco is a wonderfull land with delightfull people. It is very difficult to get a Prolongation de Residence unless you stay at a campsite. The big Atlantic Parks can do it, and if you get as far as Taroudant, The new RAHA site is able to get it. ABK

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10. Re: ferries from spain to morocco in October and November 2011

"Now the police must register your import document , (Three copies that you got with your ticket from Juan Carlos). This is sent by computer to Rabat to be checked and registered..."

Much simpler to use the online system which captures this information onto the Moroccan custom's computer system whilst you enter it, so no delays at the port. Print out the form before you leave home. See morocco-knowledgebase.net/forum/…