Ferries from Spain to Morocco
Africa is closer to home than you might think. Not only are large quantities of our genetic code hypothesised to come from here, but if you’re on holiday here in Tarifa, southern Spain, you can actually see it on a good day. And as you watch the hills roll into sea, the continent seems just a sea breath away: so close you could reach out and touch it. Fortunately, the ferry from Tarifa, Spain, to Morocco allows you to do just that.
Getting the boat from Tarifa to Tangier
The ferry from Tarifa to Tangier, on the northern coast of Morocco, is very quick, taking around 35 minutes. There’s several ferry companies operating routes from Spain to Morocco, and ticket prices are not too steep, either – around €40 for a standard adult return fare, if you book in advance (which is recommendable, as places do fill up).
Ferry companies operating between Spain and Morocco
- – FRS Iberia runs a line between Tarifa and Tangier for prices beginning from €37. As well as this, the company offers a wide range of package tours of Morocco, which include a pick-and-mix variety of extras like accommodation, guided tours and even hammam entry. This is the obvious choice when travelling from Tarifa to Morocco, and if you’re staying in Algeciras, the company also runs lines from here.
- – Balearia, who primarily run ferries between the Balearic islands and the mainland, also maintain ferry lines from nearby (22 km away) Algeciras to Tangier and Ceuta, a Spanish enclave right on the tip of Morocco. These cost from €43 for a round trip, which takes 30 minutes or longer on less direct ferries.
- – Acciona Trasmediterranea also runs ferries from Algeciras to Tangier/Ceuta for upwards of €42. Ferries take just short of an hour. This company also offers ferries from Malaga and Almeria to Spanish enclave Melilla, which take around six to seven hours.
- – If you’re planning on being truly adventurous, Italian company GNV runs a ferry from Genova to Tangier, which stops in Barcelona along the way. The ferry will cost just short of €200 for a standard return, and the journey will take just over a day, so make sure you’ve brought plenty of reading material.
You can travel with a vehicle on all ferries. Ferries normally only run several times each day, depending on the company, so do check timetables on official websites to avoid disappointment.
The whitewashed city of Tangier is a beautiful place in its own right, but don’t forget you can also get the overnight train to places like Marrakesh from here – see details on the national rail website of Morocco. Enjoy your trip, and be warned that the waters around Tarifa can be very windy – try not to get too seasick on your ferry trip from Spain to Morocco!
Penelope – Marketing Team