The currency in Marrakech, Morocco’s fourth biggest city, is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD), which is made up of 100 Centimes. When it comes to Marrakech currency, the most important thing for you to know is that the Dirham is non-convertible. And that means it’s illegal to take it in or out of the country, so you’ll need to take your spending money to Marrakech in English pounds and change it into the local currency when you arrive.
You’ll be pleased to hear that there’s no limit on the amount of foreign cash you can bring into Morocco with you, but bear in mind that you won’t be able to exchange Scottish or Northern Irish bank notes. It’s also difficult to exchange travellers’ cheques, so it isn’t advisable to try and withdraw money this way.
How do I get Marrakech currency?
You won’t be able to exchange your currency for Moroccan dirhams outside of the country, so you can’t sort out your Marrakech currency before you go away on holiday. But there’s no limit on the amount of British pounds you can take along, you can just exchange them when you arrive.
It’s easy to exchange your pounds for Marrakech currency when you arrive at the airport. However, you’re more likely to get a better rate when you arrive in the centre of Marrakech, either at major hotels or the Bureau de Change, you should try and look for a rate of 12.5 dirhams to £1. Remember to keep your receipt in a safe place, as you may need to convert your dirhams back to pounds before you leave the country. Another option is to withdraw your Marrakech currency directly from ATM machines. It’s worth noting that credit cards are widely accepted here, but there may be a surcharge for using them, especially in smaller shops and restaurants.
Don’t fancy carrying lots of cash with you, or want to leave your credit card at home? You could always consider using the Thomas Cook Cash Passport. All you need to do is load it up with British pounds and as soon as you start using it in Marrakech, your currency will automatically convert to dirhams.
What is the Thomas Cook Cash Passport?
Thomas Cook Cash Passport makes getting your hands on Marrakech currency easier than ever. It’s a handy pre-paid travel money card that you take away on holiday with you and use in the same way as you would use a credit or debit card. When you do it this way, you won’t need to carry around lots of cash with you, and it’s a cheaper alternative to using your own debit or credit card abroad. If you have any questions about how it works in Marrakech, feel free to ask our advisers for help.
To get started, all you need to do is pre-load your card with a minimum £50. It’s chip-and-pin protected for your peace of mind. You can add more cash to it as and when you like; do it online, in store, over the phone, by bank transfer or via the app.