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Sorting out your car rental online prior to the actual trip makes sense for a handful of reasons

- The full booking process is done in your own time rather than at the arrival airport where you could well be surrounded by a tired partner and a selection of unruly children
- It guarantees that you get the model of car that you require
- It saves time at at the car hire counter (although you won't believe that if you've stood in the huge queues at Alamo in Miami)
- The fully inclusive price is fixed

Start planning your holiday in Casablanca by booking car hire from two of Britain's leading car rental companies. We offer online bookings providing discounted car rental at Casablanca airport. Both of our car hire suppliers employ specialist support staff at the end of the telephone for any extra questions that might occur before or after renting a vehicle.

Clicking on the link below will allow you to obtain car hire quotes from our partners for cheap car rental at Casablanca airport. The airport is 30 km south of the city of Casablanca.

Think Casablanca and our thoughts go back to the days of the smoky back rows of the local Odeon and hunky big screen icon Humphrey Bogart uttering his most famous line. It is thanks to Casablanca, the dusky 1942 film location that we can�t help but feel romantically drawn to this Moroccan city. Unfortunately, there is no Rick's Bar or piano players named Sam but there is a lot more besides.

Casablanca the holiday destination is situated on the Atlantic coast in the West of exotic Morocco. The capital city of the Grand Casablanca district, it is the main port and Moroccan economy capital.

A leading producer of wool, today, tourism has taken off as a growth industry (am I on my own in wondering how much of this city�s popularity is due to the film?) .

The Berbers (the indigenous people of North West Africa) were the first to settle in what is today Casablanca during the seventh century.

Moving forward a century or two to the 19th, Casablanca expanded beyond belief in response to a popular wool trade which was produced to satisfy the insatiable demands of the textile industry in Great Britain. Additionally, trade traffic boomed and Morocco�s national drink, gunpowder tea extended its popularity to across the seas. Following this, it was not long before Casablanca eventually succumbed to the pressure of French rule but not without continual rioting.

During World War Two, the port of Casablanca became a strategic principle port and in 1956, to the relief of many, Morocco took back its independence from France.

Getting around the city is easily done at the wheel of a car. Occasionally, a taxi-ride is required and when it is, hail either the red or white cars for they represent the registered companies.

Coaches and intercity buses provide fairly efficient services to a variety of European cities and are generally caught from the Rue Leon l'Africain in Casablanca city centre or the Gare Routiere. For visiting other Northern African cities such as Marrakech, Oujda and Tangier, people tend to catch a flight from Casablanca Airport.

Casablanca is served by two rail stations run by the national rail service, the ONCF. The main long haul station is Casa-Voyageurs, from which trains run south to Marrakech or El Jadida and north to Rabat, and then on either to Tangier or Meknes, Fes and Oujda. A dedicated airport shuttle service to Mohammed V International Airport also has its primary in-city stop at this station, for connections on to further destinations.

Top of the attractions list and a sightseer's dream is the Hassan II Mosque. A stunning piece of architecture built to catch the eye, the building took the site of the older residential district of Casablanca. Costing many millions of pounds, the mosque never fails to drum up a spectacular amount opinion varying between adoration and scorn. Efforts to time the completion of the mosque to coincide with the sixtieth birthday in 1989 of the former Moroccan monarch, King Hassan II unfortunately failed miserably, missing the deadline by four years. The mosque enjoys an Atlantic Sea view and welcomes up to twenty five thousand worshippers between its walls. Its minaret is the tallest in the world at 210 metres tall.

Wandering around the New Town (locally known as Ville Nouvelle), you cannot help but be considerably impressed. The eye catching period architecture in the district varies from one to the next including the styles stunning Art Deco and Hispano Mauresque, it is no wonder that it is considered to be the most eye-catching town in all of Morocco. The Old Medina of Casablanca as a contrast draws a lesser crowd than the New Town. This is all set to change as restoration programmes in the Old Medina get going, before long it will give those at Fez and Marrakech a run for their money.

On the edge of the city is the public park, the Parc de la Ligue Arabe. When visiting the park, we can't guarantee that you won't be ever so slightly distracted by the effervescent (and neglected) Cathedrale du Sacred Coeur.


Rabat

The university city of Rabat is Morocco's very lively capital. A once imperial city with fortified walls and monuments it has a modern city centre. Political capital of Morocco, in terms of economic importance in the country, Rabat follows closely behind Casablanca. This is where to find all the embassies if needed.

In addition, tourism and the presence of all foreign embassies in Morocco serve to make Rabat the second most important city in the country after the larger and more economically significant Casablanca.

Attractions in Rabat include the Mausoleum of Mohammed V containing the tombs of the Moroccan monarch and his two sons. Found opposite to the Hassan Tower on the Yacoub al-Mansour walkway, you can�t miss its white silhouette and green roof. Then there is Hassan Tower, built in the twelfth century with the intention of being the tallest minaret in the world. No need to worry about climbing steps to the top, for the Muezzin would ride a horse up a series of ramps to deliver the day�s prayers.


Casablanca Airport


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Casablanca Mohammed V Airport is 30 kilometres to the south of Casablanca.

If travelling by car, take the Settat motorway from the centre of Casablanca.

From the centre of Casablanca, take the motorway towards Settat. The airport is signposted from the highway towards Marrakech.


A shuttle rail service runs between the city centre and the airport. The service leaves from Arrivals stopping at the port and the city centre. The journey lasts for 45 minutes.

In addition, there are taxis available from outside the Arrivals.




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