Updated: Nov 6, 2018
Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. There are a lot of rich people and a lot of poor people. Therefore, luxury items and imported goods are significantly more expensive than in Europe .
As with most countries, how expensive your trip is going to be is entirely dependent on your preferences. Morocco can be a haven for backpackers with hostels costing as little as five euros for food and shelter. On the other hand, It is important to bear in mind that Morocco is generally not as dirt cheap as some travellers expect. In fact, many things in Morocco are more expensive than in Europe, like cars, electronics and alcohol. Many visitors are surprised by the cost of some things here when compared to their home countries. For example, a lot of products are imported from Spain, because it is cheaper there.
Morocco is a country with a big wealth gap. There are a lot of rich people and a lot of poor people. Therefore, luxury items and imported goods are significantly more expensive than in Europe. 100g of smoked salmon costs 60 MAD (€6) in Carrefour in Tangier, compared to €2.30 in Carrefour in Málaga. It will cost you much more in Morocco to maintain the same quality of life in European countries.
However, Morocco is still relatively cheap for many things and can be considered a budget destination if you bear these points in mind.
In the markets, you can expect to be offered a higher price. This is not necessarily because you are foreign. It is just a cultural thing. Haggling and negotiating over the price is an integral part of the Moroccan market experience.
Museums and entry fees
Museums in Morocco are very affordable even when looking at it from the perspective of locals. Even a major tourist destination like Marrakech has very affordable entry fees. Their museum entry fees can cost anywhere between 19 to 179 MAD (Moroccan Dirham), which is roughly 2 to 19 USD. The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca is the most expensive and greatest exception to this rule. The only major museum in Casablanca, the Hassan II Mosque costs 308 MAD (32.67 USD).
Finding the right hostel can be rather tricky.
If you’re working with a shoestring budget, you may think that it doesn’t really matter, and the cheapest possible option will be perfectly fine. However, you don’t have to have that mindset. Some of the highest rated hostels in Morocco are as cheap as four dollars, and even the most ‘expensive’ options only cost as much as eighteen dollars.
Your comfort and safety is integral to your enjoyment throughout the trip, so it may be prudent to spend an extra few dollars on a hostel for a good night’s rest, rather than wake up in the dingiest hostel, and having an irritable mood for the rest of the day.
This list will be using the updated prices of a single bedroom for two adults, but this may vary depending on the dates you choose, and how early you book your rooms. Some hotels, for example, may slash their prices by more than 50% if you book much earlier, or book a room within a certain period. So, the prices for hotels given here should be seen as an estimate, and should you be interested in finding out more, you can Google the costs available for your chosen dates.
The Palais Namaskar, which is a luxury 5* hotel in Marrakech, prices a single bedroom for two adults at 5950 MAD (631 USD) per night. The Movenpick Hotel Casablanca, also a 5* hotel, costs only 829 MAD (88 USD) for the same type of room. This illustrates the huge variety on offer in Morocco. The super-rich are well-catered for in Morocco with ultra-expensive options on offer in most cities. However it is also possible to stay in relative luxury without spending so much money. It should be noted that a 5* hotel in Morocco is not necessarily to the same standard as a 5 hotel in Europe, but the prices are also lower.
The services that a great hotel can provide shouldn’t be underestimated, but paying a ridiculous amount for a hotel may mean abstaining from a tour of the Sahara Desert because you no longer have the money in your budget to spend. Staying at a good hotel is amazing, but if staying at a cheaper but still reputable hotel will allow you to participate in more of Morocco’s activities, it may be worth considering before you finalize your plans.