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What are the best things to do in Casablanca?
Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is a stand-out feature of Casablanca's skyline. Completed in 1993, it holds the title of the second-largest mosque in the world. If you're a non-Muslim travelling on flights to Casablanca, the only way to visit the mosque is with a guided tour. Several tours depart from the Western-visitor entrance throughout the day.
Cathedral du Sacre Coeur
The Cathedral du Sacre Coeur is another incredible architectural monument that travellers buying flights to Casablanca should put on their to-visit list. It's a stunning blend of European and Moroccan styles and while the building does some require restoration work, it's still a beautiful stop to add to your itinerary. When you are done marvelling at the cathedral, you can visit the nearby Notre Dame de Lourdes. It's famous for its glass-stained windows, which cover more than 800 square metres.
One of the best parts about buying return flights to Casablanca are the potential day trips you can take out of the city. Safi is about 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive away, and you can easily spend an entire day exploring this ancient port town. Some of its top highlights include the Dar el Bahar Fortress, the National Ceramic Museum and the Pottery Souk.
Need to cool off from the heat of the day? Make your way to the Corniche, the name given to Casablanca’s waterfront promenade. It's a playground for luxury travellers in the city thanks to flights to Casablanca, due to its line up of five-star hotels, fine-dining restaurants and a beautiful public beach. On the weekends, it's a popular spot for families who want to wander around the promenade and picnic on the beach.
What is the best way to get around Casablanca?
The cheapest way to get around Casablanca is with the city's public bus system. Ticket prices are reasonable, the network is extensive, and you can use the routes to travel to any of the top attractions. Be aware that bus stop signage is in Arabic only. Another affordable option for travellers holidaying on return flights to Casablanca is the efficient Casa Tramway. It runs every 15 minutes from 5.30am to 10.30pm, and tickets cost about 7 MAD ($1.07 AUD) per trip.
If you want to avoid the hassle of figuring out the city's public transport system, you can flag down a metered taxi. When your flights to Casablanca arrive, keep an eye out for red cabs. The drivers are usually parked on the main avenues and fares are relatively inexpensive. You can expect to pay around 15 MAD ($2.29 AUD) for short trips around the city centre. However, there is a 50% surcharge for trips at night.
Hiring a car while in Casablanca is really only necessary if you plan on taking several day trips out of the city and don’t want to join organised tours. Otherwise, if your itinerary has you staying in the city centre, it’s best to get around on foot or use public transport; traffic can be heavy and finding a car park can be a hassle. Travellers set on having their own set of wheels though, can book one at the same time as organising return flights to Casablanca on Webjet.
Transport from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (CNM)
The easiest way to get from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport (CNM) to the city centre is with the train. Once you've disembarked your flights to Casablanca, you'll find the service on the ground floor of Terminal 1. The journey takes 45 minutes and usually costs 45 MAD ($6.87 AUD). If your flights to Casablanca arrive outside of the train operating hours (6am - 10pm), you should take a taxi. The set price for a one-way trip from the airport is 300 MAD ($45.80 AUD). However, if you land at night, the price is higher because of a surcharge.
What's on in Casablanca?
New Year's Eve
Want to celebrate the start of the New Year abroad? Look out for cheap flights to Casablanca over the last week of December and welcome the New Year in this incredible city. You can party in the city with the locals or welcome the first day of January while camping in the desert.
Ramadan is a holy month in Islam where Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours. Travelling on airfare to Casablanca during Ramadan will see visitors experience a different side to the city, as many restaurants and attractions may operate to altered hours. It is a great time to go however, if you are interested in learning more about this part of Morocco’s culture. You can also time your tickets to Casablanca to coincide with the end of Ramadan and attend Eid al-Fitr, the festival and feast that celebrates the conclusion of the fasting period.
Jazzablanca Festival is a jazz event held in Casablanca every July. It's been a part of the city’s events calendar since 2006 and runs for six days at two venues in the city. Thousands of visitors attend the festival to watch live performances, attend music workshops and hear talks from their favourite artists. As it's such a popular event, you'll want to book your airfare to Casablanca and hotel room as soon as possible.
When is The Best Time to Visit Casablanca?
If you want to avoid the heat of summer, visit Casablanca during spring. From March to May, temperatures start to rise with average highs of 20°C. It's the perfect weather for exploring the city on foot and other outdoor activities. It's also the best time to visit if you want to avoid the crowds that plague the city in peak season. You'll be able to visit many of the city's best museums and attractions without waiting in long queues.
From July to September, temperatures rise to 26°C, and the sun stays out for a full 12 hours a day. The summer season is also the driest time of year, keeping humidity levels low despite the higher temperatures. But the warm weather attracts hordes of tourists for the European summer break driving up hotel and flight prices.
Autumn is an excellent choice for travellers who want to skip the summer crowds and still enjoy the warm weather before winter begins. Temperatures remain at an average of 26°C, and once school starts again, the city empties out. You'll also have better luck finding deals on hotels, but make sure you pack some light layers for the cooler night time temperatures.
Winter is low season in Casablanca. From December to February, temperatures reach a daily high of 18°C dropping to 10°C in the evenings. It's also the start of rainy season, and with it, humidity levels are at their highest. But if you don't mind the occasional shower, it's one of the cheapest times to visit. Hotel rates are at their lowest, and you'll have the city's attractions to yourself.
Airports in Casablanca
Mohammed V International Airport
Mohammed V is the main international airport serving Casablanca. It's the fourth busiest airport in Africa and serves under 8 million passengers a year. The airport is a hub for the country's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc as well as Jetairfly, Air Arabia Maroc and RAM Express.
Getting To and From Mohammed V International Airport
The cheapest way to get from the airport to the city centre is on the train. It's located on level -1 in the arrivals area and runs from 03:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day. Journey time is around 30 minutes, and a single trip costs MAD 30.
There is also a bus run by CTM that operates between the airport and Casablanca. The buses run every 45 minutes and take one hour to reach the city centre. Royal Air Maroc and Air Arabia offer bus transfers to neighbouring cities as well.
If you want to take a taxi, you'll find the fleet waiting at level 0 of the arrivals area. Taxis are available 24 hours a day and cost about MAD 290 one way.
For those that want their own set of wheels, the airport has numerous car rental service providers that you can choose from.