A hire car is the perfect way to explore not only Tangier, but also its surroundings and even other popular locations across Morocco. Some of Tangier's most beautiful beaches are located between 10 and 20 minutes outside the city, and major cities in the country are quite spread apart, so renting a car will allow you to personalize your road trip freely. Don't forget to stop by the blue city of Chefchaouen, which is a two-hour drive from Tangier.
All the big car hire agencies, including Hertz, Europcar, and Sixt, can be found at Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG), which is located less than 30 minutes away from the city center. The car hire desks are situated in the Arrivals Hall of the airport's main terminal, and they often operate between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., although some are open until later. It's typically cheaper to book your car in advance, especially in the summer months.
While main roads are often in good condition throughout the country, many city streets are narrow and packed with buses, cars, cyclists, pedestrians, and animals. Don't let the constant honking affect you as it's normal, and keep your eyes on the side and rear view mirrors. Road signs are usually written in both Arabic and French, but you may come across some only in Arabic. Avoid driving at night because roads are dimly lit.
The streets of Tangier are often very busy, with rickshaw drivers and donkeys circulating alongside cars and motorbikes. The city doesn't experience traffic jams per se, but coming in and out of town can be difficult as people and animals standing on the side of the narrow roads push traffic to the center. If you have to be somewhere at a specific time, plan your journey in advance by taking this into consideration.
Book your car hire in Tangier at least 1 day before your trip in order to get a below-average price
Mini car hires in Tangier are around 33% cheaper than other car types, on average
FAQs about hiring a car in Tangier
Mini (Hyundai i10 or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Tangier.
A Mini car hire in Tangier costs R327 per day, on average.
A Economy car hire in Tangier costs R364 per day, on average.
A Supplier choice car hire in Tangier costs R375 per day, on average.
If you're just traveling around the city of Tangier, a small, compact car is ideal for navigating the busy, narrow streets. But if you're embarking on a road trip across the country, an SUV or a four-wheel drive is recommended, especially if you're heading to the Atlas Mountains. If you're traveling with the whole family, consider a minivan.
The speed limit metropolitan areas across Morocco is typically 40 kilometers per hour (25 miles per hour), but it may be lower in certain residential areas. The speed limit on rural roads is 100 km/h (62 mph) and on highways it is 120 km/h (74 mph). Be aware of the several police checkpoints throughout the country where you'll have to slow down.
The average petrol prices in Tangier are approximately 37.22 MAD (around $3.89) per gallon. You can find lower prices of around 35.58 MAD ($3.72) per gallon, and the higher prices are usually 41.64 ($4.36) per gallon. In case you need to fill up the tank before returning the car, the closest petrol station to the airport is approximately 10 minutes away.
There are very few places where you can park on the streets in Tangier, but a parking lot or garage will give you the safety of knowing an attendant will look after your vehicle, and rates are typically very low. If possible, pick a hotel that provides parking, such as Hôtel Rembrandt. You can also leave your car on the western end of Avenue Mohamed VI, at the old harbor near the medina.