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“Bragging rights...”
Review of Marrakesh Express

Marrakesh Express
Ranked #561 of 868 Tours in Marrakech
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Reviewed 26 January 2012

We've done it......we took the Marrakech Express from Tangier to Marrakech!

This is an 11 hour train journey and WAY too long to sit in a seat. We took the overnight train and slept most of the way.

I agree with the other 2 reviewers - you do this journey for bragging rights, not for the 5star accommodations. And watching the sun rise over the desert - magnificent!

However, we really enjoyed our journey! We were lucky enough (?) to have 4 people, so we go a 4 berth cabin to ourselves. Frankly, I wish we had bought tickets in 2's and had 2 cabins. There are about 10 cabins per sleeping car, and only one sleeping car on our train. There were 4 empty cabins though, so we could probably have spread out. 4 people is enough in these cabins, as they ARE cramped. Add luggage and it's almost too much.

Unlike a lot of European trains, there is no access to other parts of the train. Once you are in the sleeper car, there is no where else to go. You can pace the narrow hall, visit the washroom or sit in your cabin.

We at least were able to play cards and pass some time, but it is not the most comfortable as you can hardly sit straight up on the lower bunks.

We got a pillow, sheet and thin blanket for sleeping, but it's all you really need. We actually all slept really well. There is something about the sway of the train and horns in the night that put me to sleep and let me sleep soundly - even through most of the stops AND reconfiguring the train so the engine was now in front of the sleeper car (it had been at the other end when we started out!).

Refreshments were limited to a refreshment trolly brought around once, before bed. It was not on the train in the morning, probably having been taken off sometime in the night to service the main seating cars.

The bathrooms, as noted by one reviewer, were gross. One was worse than the other, as there was one old one, and one newer one. Still gross!

Due to the fact that I had not reset my watch, I was up an hour earlier than I should have been. The result was being able to watch the last of the sunrise over the dessert, for which I am grateful - it was stunning!

Despite the dirty bathrooms and the fact that people smoke on the the trains (and everywhere else) in Morocco, I would do this journey again in a heartbeat! Great experience!!

8  Thank theartisans
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Reviewed 24 November 2008

If you plan on taking the overnight train from Tanjier to Marrekesh here are some hints to keep in mind.

1. If you want to go in first class they all have four berths, there is NO private i.e. two berth cars.
2. The cabins are very much like jail cells. Metal bed bolted to the floor, rubber floor, no sink, one small sheet with a sheer blanket, cannot control tempature and THE DOOR DOESN’T LOCK.
3. Bathroom is one to a car and has NO running water. It can be very disgusting by the end of the trip.
4. Ten hour trip and there is no refreshments so stock up.
5. Inexpensive way to travel but you get what you pay for.
6. One open is to buy all four beds for about 1400 dh which is $160 US at this time.
7. Go for the experience or bragging rights but not as a great train ride.

11  Thank ksiddel
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Reviewed 14 August 2007

The Marrakech Express is an overnight journey from Tangier to Marrakech. It's very cheap even if you go first class which gives you a 4 berth carriage (only 1 bed purchased per ticket).
The view from the window when the sun is rising is breathtaking and I would do this journey again just for that.

47  Thank LeeandJane
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Reviewed 9 June 2014
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Reviewed 6 April 2014
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