Planning your trip to Morocco, traveling to Marrakech and wondering what is the best way to stay connected? This is your complete guide for buying a sim card for Morocco at Marrakech Airport. Find out where to buy a prepaid sim card, up to date prices as per May 2023, my recommendation, the best e-sim cards for Morocco, information about international sim cards and more.
A local prepaid sim card is the cheapest way to connect to the internet on your phone when traveling to Morocco. High roaming costs can ruin your trip and overseas data plans slow down your internet speed, therefore I opt for buying a prepaid sim card on arrival at the airport in Marrakech or get yourself an e-sim card for Morocco and arrive prepared.
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Traveltomtom recommends buying a Maroc Telecom or INWI sim card for Morocco at Marrakech Airport. For €20 you get 20 GB data for 30 days and you don’t need to deal with slow public WiFi in your hotel on your trip to Morocco.
If you are traveling to several countries on your trip then it is worth looking into a world travel sim card. Some of them also cover Morocco and there are some great deals. Check out my comparison of the best travel sim cards with data in 2023.
Best e-sim cards for Morocco
However, when looking for the easiest way to stay connected when traveling to Morocco then get yourself an e-sim card. You order an e-sim card for Morocco online, no more visiting a phone shop. You receive a QR code in your email to activate your data package and you are all set.
- 1 GB data for 7 days = $9.5 USD
Click here to directly order an e-sim card for Morocco or find more info in the link.
You order these Choukran e-sim card deals through a 3th party and they operate on the network of Maroc Telecom in Morocco. You can not order an e-sim card directly through one of the main internet operators in Morocco.
Arrival at Marrakech Airport
Arriving at Marrakech Airport is well organized and the airport is very spacious with high ceilings and pretty modern. First you will be guided to immigration. There is a huge hall and it goes pretty fast normally. Although often long lines within approximately 15 minutes you will have your passport stamped.
Then you will be guided into the Baggage Claim hall and you will see an ATM and a money exchange office next to the luggage belts alongside sim card shops. After you collected your luggage you will have to pass through a customs bag check and all your bags have to go through a scanner before you arrive in a huge but quiet Arrival Hall. Taxi’s, vendors, car rentals, etc. are all outside. Arriving at Marrakech Airport is very pleasant and chill. A taxi to the city should never cost more than $10 USD and that already is a tourist price!
Where to buy a sim card at Marrakech Airport
First of all it is impossible to miss the sim card stores at Marrakech Airport. After you get your passport stamped at customs you walk into the Baggage Claim hall and right in front of you there are 3 sim card stores: Maroc Telecom, INWI and Orange.
These are also the 3 main mobile internet operators in Morocco and they sell prepaid sim cards for tourists at Marrakech Airport.
Be aware that you will have to buy your sim card for Morocco at the luggage belts at one of the above mentioned stores. After you pick up your luggage and you go through the customs baggage check you can NOT walk back into the Baggage Claim area.
The sim card shops at Marrakech Airport are open from the first flight arriving until the last one and they all accept international credit cards.
Prices sim cards Marrakech Airport
Keep in mind that prices and packages constantly change. Traveltomtom tries to keep everything as up to date as possible. Please let me know in the comments below if things have changed.
Everyone will lure you with a free sim card at Marrakech Airport, but all operators do the same. Registering a sim card for Morocco is free and there is no extra charge, just buy a data package deal.
At Orange they offer two data packages for tourists for 30 days:
- 10 GB data and 300 minutes = €15
- 20 GB data and 600 minutes = €30
At INWI they are more flexible and you basically pay per GB data: 1 GB data = €1 and you can put your own package together. The packages are valid for 30 days.
Or you can buy a package with unlimited data for 30 days for €50.
A prepaid sim card of Maroc Telecom is also free when you buy one of the following data-only packages:
- 20 GB data for 30 days = €20
- 30 GB data for 30 days = €30
- 40 GB data for 30 days = €40
Best prepaid sim card at Marrakech Airport
This comes down to what kind of user you are. If you don’t want to rely on WiFi when traveling in Morocco then it is recommended to buy a big data package. In that case Traveltomtom recommends a Maroc Telecom prepaid sim card with 30 GB data for €30.
INWI basically offers the same prepaid sim card deal as Maroc Telecom.
If you also want to make phone calls in Morocco then the prepaid sim card deal of Orange is a better option as they have calling minutes included in their data packages plus it also is the cheapest prepaid sim card deal at Marrakech with €15. But Orange has the smallest 4G network in Morocco.
However, let’s also keep in consideration the 4G/5G network strength especially for those who are going to travel around Morocco. Maroc Telecom and INWI have the best 4G/5G network in Morocco in 2023, prices for data packages are the same and therefore according to Traveltomtom an INWI or a Maroc Telecom sim card is thee best for traveling in Morocco.
Buying a sim card in Marrakesh city center
Phone shops Marrakech
If for some reason you weren’t able to buy a prepaid sim card at Marrakech Airport there is always the option to walk into any phone store. They sell also prepaid sim cards for Morocco and they will charge a small service fee for activating. English is not everywhere spoken very well and communicating could be an issue. Another reason to get your sim card for Morocco at the airport.
Sim card prices and packages at phone stores are more or less the same as on the airport.
Then lastly you can also buy prepaid sim cards on the streets from sim card vendors. Personally this would be the last thing I would do, but if there really is no other option…
These guys sell sim cards from INWI, Orange and Maroc Telecom. Pick your favorite! In my case they offered me a sim card for €20 with 400 minutes calling included and 40 GB data from Orange. When I said no, they started offering me a lower price.
Prices are negotiable apparently, no passport needed, but who knows what package they activate on your phone as the activation messages will be in Arabic. You might end up with no data after 2 days… Traveltomtom simply doesn’t recommend it!
Order a sim card for Morocco online
Last but not least you can also order an international sim card for Morocco online and get it shipped to your home address before your trip. That way you arrive prepared for your Morocco holiday and you don’t have the hassle of buying a prepaid sim card on arrival.
Check out the following pre-activated international sim cards that cover Morocco:
- 10 GB data for 14 days - calls/text not included = $49.90 USD
Click here to order this Morocco sim card deal directly online or get more info in the link.
Also a last reminder that you can arrange everything online within just a couple clicks by ordering an e-sim card for Morocco.
I hope all the above tips for buying a sim card in Marrakech were helpful for your upcoming trip to Morocco. Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions and I am more than happy to help you out.
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Enjoy your trip to Marrakech!