Rabat, located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the river Bou Regreg is the fifth largest city of Morocco and the country’s capital. It is home to a population of about 1.7 million people. There are various means of transport available in the city of Rabat including;
Special hire taxis
The special hire taxis consist of blue-colored petit cars that take up to 3 passengers. They are the most prevalent taxi service in Rabat. These taxis have the right to operate in the restricted area of the capital.
These are commonly referred to as Grands Taxis and can take up to 6 people. They start from the coach terminal and some have specific routes. The taxis have signs on their roofs and a seal painted on the front passenger doors so don’t get in one if it doesn’t have these features.
Rabat has 2 principal bus stations; both located about 5 km south of the main City Center Road that leads towards the neighboring city of Casablanca. The buses traverse through most of Rabat’s arterial points like Centre Ville, Cathedral and Avenue Fal Oueld Omair. The fare charged on most buses is very economical but the busses lack a systematic method of adhering to routes and timing. A city bus service is also run by the central public bus service authority, Veolia Transport. The buses are of marginally better quality and the routes and bus numbers are clearly displayed on the buses.
Rabat Ville train station is found in the centre of Rabat. From here trains run to Casa-Port train stations, Fès via Meknès, Tangier and Marrakesh.
Rabat–Salé Airport is an international airport sitauted about 10 kilometres northeast of Rabat. It only has direct flights to Paris with Royal Air Maroc and Air France. It is a joint use public and military airport, also known as the First Royal Air Force Base.