Probably one of the first questions you ask while travelling and choosing a place is “Is there free Wi-Fi here?”. As a digital nomad, I found it a huge hassle to depend on free Wi-Fi at cafés and hotels to get online. I am happy to share my practical tips that help you stay connected while travelling in Morocco.
Sim cards in Morocco: where to buy
In Morocco, there are 3 mobile network operators: “Maroc Telecom”, “Orange” and “Inwi”. All operators offer similar deals and prices, so get the one that has office closest to your hotel or on the way. Also, you can buy the SIM cards from roving vendors wearing branded T-shirts of the mobile network. At least in Marrakech, I often see these vendors in Gueliz, next to the “Zara” store. The price of the SIM card is 30 DH. Or, save your time and buy the local SIM card in one of the Moroccan airports.
To buy the Moroccan SIM card, you will have to show your passport. I don’t like this rule, because the SIM card seller also copies or take a picture of your passport. After buying the prepaid SIM card, ask the seller to activate it and top up with some credit.
SIM cards in Morocco: plans
Almost all local operators offer similar plans. For 10 DH (around 1 eur) you can get 1 GB of data, for 50 DH – 5 GB etc. If you only need to use the Internet, ask the seller to recharge only for the Internet. If you top up without a unique code, in the end, you will only be able to call. And opposite, if you recharge for the Internet, you can’t call.
All mobile network operators have special packages for both the Internet and calls. Ask them to explain what kind of top-up is the best for your travel plans. Staying in Morocco for a longer? Maybe it’s a good option to have a contract? I got a good contract deal from “Orange” company, and for only 99 DH/month (10 euros) I get 18 GB of the Internet and 2 hours of local calls. You can pay/top-up your SIM directly through “Orange” mobile application; foreigner cards are as well accepted.
Where to buy credit?
You can buy the SIM card credit at any small shop, supermarket. You will receive the top-up card with a code. Scratch the card to top up your credit, or, like I mentioned above, ask the seller to top up for you. In smaller shops, often the seller asks for your phone number and sends the top-up instantly to your phone. Wait till you get the confirmation code in your phone and it’s done!
WI-FI IN MOROCCO
In general, the Internet connection in Morocco is good. However, even though free Wi-Fi exists in many cities and places, the connection is not always reliable, especially in Medina located hotels, mountain villages. For work, I usually turn my phone into Wi-Fi hotspot and can work anywhere I want.
digital nomad in marrakech?
What are the best places with good wi-fi to work remotely in Marrakech? In general, in Morocco, it is not very common to bring your laptop to popular cafés. Only some of the cafes are adapted to digital nomads needs (sockets, bigger tables etc).
Surprisingly, the only “Starbucks” in Marrakech has a terrible Wi-Fi connection. If I go to work there, I always use my phone’s Internet. Marrakech “Starbucks” is also not convenient, because the only WC is at the next door “Carre Eden” shopping mall.
My favourite places to work in Marrakech is Cafe du Livre (can also get alcohol) or the second floor of the organic AYASO concept store (perfect if you love vegetarian food and almond milk in your coffee).
Co-working space The Spot
If you prefer co-working spaces, then head to “The Spot” located in the heart of Gueliz. “The Spot” is a coworking designed space for start-up businesses, freelancers, entrepreneurs, art lovers and everyone else in Marrakech. “The Spot” offers plenty of seats and desks, a place for work meetings or trainings, good internet and air conditioning, big open terraces. You can buy a day/weekly/monthly passes.
- To call to Morocco from overseas dial the international access code + 212.
- In Morocco, almost everyone is using “WhatsApp”. It’s a convenient app to communicate with your riad or tour operator.
- Before coming to Morocco, download the offline Google maps. I found it very convenient when the Internet connection is weak, and you still need directions 😉
- Many hotels and riads don’t have a good Internet connection, especially in the rooms. Don’t rely on their Internet for work, get the local SIM card and 4G deal.
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