The currency in Morocco is the Moroccan Dirham (MAD). Some hotels & tour agents also take Euros. Some useful points to note:
The Moroccan currency is a ‘closed currency’. This means that you can not take lots of currency in & out of the country.This makes it difficult to get currency from local providers in the UK. Worry not though…
- Currency exchange points are available at the airports, however if they are closed when you land at an odd time there are plenty of ATM machines.
ATM machines usually will allow you to take money out in the local currency. The rate you get depends on what your bank in the UK will exchange at & any fees they charge. Do notify your bank that you will be travelling abroad.
- Some Debit Cards can charge up to £1.50 per transaction, so it all adds up. That’s why we found the Revolut Card perfect for our Morocco travels. It also gave us a superb exchange rate too. Sign up for your FREE card here>
- There are plenty of currency exchange places in the touristy areas offering good exchange rates, but not in Shopping Malls. There you will only find ATMs.
- Smaller hotels & riads are unlikely to offer money exchange or take cards.
- Currency rates are around 12 Dirhams to 1 British Pound. For the current exchange rate, visit www.xe.com.
- Tipping is good practice in Morocco, so go keep some 5 or 10 dirham coins to give to cleaning staff & bell boys. Keep all your money, passports & cards, organised with this handy wallet>
- If you’re visiting smaller towns or villages, you won’t find money exchange bureaus. On our recent trip to Oualidia, the only place to exchange money was the banks which were all closed over the weekend. TOP TIP : You’ll need your passport to exchange money in the banks.
Finally, if you want to exchange money and ask ‘Where can I exchange money?’, you might well receive a blank expression. Ask for the ‘Bureau de Change’ pronounced ‘ Byou-row-de-shaanj’, (in case you didn’t study French at school). Hopefully, that should work for you. If not, say ‘Dirhams?’ looking confused, to a local. All the best