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Getting to Tanger Med by Bus

There is a bus that runs from the Tangier Ville train station in the city of Tangier to the “Tanger Med” ferry port, contrary to popular belief. I found no information about it in Tangier; it was pure luck that I ran across info about it in a TripAdvisor forum post, so I’ve decided to post a little further information about it here. I hope someone finds it helpful. It does seem to run hourly throughout most of the day. [Last updated on May 22, 2018. Check the comments section for further updates.]

Ferries at the Tanger Med port

Ferries docked at the Tanger Med port, also called “The New Port”, which is about 40km east of Tangier, Morocco.

Price

The fare is 7 dirhams! Yes, a mere 70 cents or so. That’s hard to beat for a 40km ride. You pay as you get on the bus; no advance ticket necessary.

What Bus Is It?

The bus is a blue ALSA city bus, number I-3. That’s a capital “i”, not an L or 1. You’ll see it either written as I3 or I-3 on the bus itself, so don’t confuse it with bus 13. The I-3 bus info is finally posted on the ALSA website. You can find it here: http://www.alsa.ma/fr/tanger/peri-urbain

Where To Catch the Bus

You’ll catch this bus at the Tangier Ville train station, just outside the main entrance. According to Ash, who visited in November 2017, the bus stop is now to the west of the train station exit. Turn left as you exit the main doors of the station, and look for the bus stop here:

You may get a better idea of the location by checking out Ash’s photos of the bus stop, below. Thanks Ash!

When I made the trip a year ago, the bus stopped to the right when exiting the train station, and the bus stop seems to be moving because of construction around the station. It may be a good idea to check with the information desk inside the front doors of the station for the current location of the stop. I did so when I took the trip, and the woman at the desk was moderately helpful.

Tanger Med to Tangier Ville by Bus

For the reverse trip, from Tanger Med to Tangier Ville, Sara reports the following:

There’s a white bus stop on the national road 16. When you get out of the port, you have to go straight up the road where the taxis are waiting until you arrive to the main road, don’t cross the road, turn right and walk about 200m, and you’ll find a white bus stop, that’s where the I-3 will stop.

I haven’t made trip in this direction myself, so I can’t substantiate it, but it does sound consistent with what I remember from the Tanger Med port.

Time

The bus seems to run hourly during the day. I showed up at the bus station at 10:00 AM, and the bus arrived at 10:30. I occupied my time in between fending off taxi drivers who were sure that I’d find their taxies much more comfortable than the bus. The ride to Tanger Med took me about 55 minutes. If you take a taxi, they’ll manage it in about 40-45 minutes… though they’ll tell you that it will take them only 15 minutes or 20 minutes while you wait for the bus.

Women on the bus to Tanger Med

On the bus to Tanger Med

About the Bus Ride

The bus ride is just fine: it’s not a luxury coach, it’s just a regular city bus, but they’re new and clean. In my case, most of the other bus passengers were port and ferry workers (there’s a bus stop for employees), but some other ferry passengers, too. It was a fragrant trip, but not intolerable.

The outside of the bus claims that it is “climate controlled”. As far as I can tell, this means that they leave the vent in the top of the bus open… though it may have just been that it was mild weather and nothing else was needed.

A note about the Tanger Med waiting area: it’s called a WiFi Zone, and while I could connect to the network, there was no internet actually available… not even a pay-wall sign in. So make sure you have other data options, if you need it.

Other Options: Train and Taxi

There is supposed to be a train that runs from the Tangier Ville station to the new Tanger Med station twice a day. For me, they were not at convenient times, so I didn’t try it, but the cost was just a few dollars. Once you get to the Tanger Med station, there’s a shuttle that takes you the additional 3km in to the port.

Taxi, though, is by far the most popular way to get to Tanger Med. By USA standards, it’s still very cheap for a trip of that distance… or at least, it can be. You’ll need to use one of the Grand Taxis (beige), not the little blue ones.

If you’re at the train station, the taxi fare should be no more than 200 dirhams to Tanger Med, but like everything in Morocco, you may need to haggle. They may ask for 250 or more, at first. If they don’t come down to 200, just go to the next taxi, or tell them you’re taking the bus for 7 dirhams… that’s a good bargaining chip, and it will bring them down fast. ALWAYS agree on a fare before you get in the taxi. Some taxis may charge you less if you agree to let them pick up and drop off other passengers along the way, though you might as well just take the bus if you’re going to do that.

As I was walking to the bus station, some guy tried to lead me to a taxi instead (as usual). I said, “No, I’m taking the bus.” He responded “But it’s Monday! No bus on Monday! It’s a holiday… you must know this!” I ignored him, and of course, there was no problem. If you’ve been in Morocco for a while, you’ll get used to people lying to you all the time, trying to trick you into one thing or another, but if you’re new to the country, don’t fall for it. Just ignore anyone who isn’t official and who tries to get you to go anywhere.

Updates and Further Information

I made this trip to Tanger Med on the 7th of November, 2016. If you’ve made the trip more recently, please comment below and let us know that the information is still accurate. It has now been accurate for at least one year, so it should be the same for the near future, at least.

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Honza

Hi, I just used the bus I-3 in direction to Tangier Med. On July 28th 2018 the bus stop is moved to the following gps coordinates:

Latitude: 35.771821 | Longitude: -5.784657

It is on a side street, behind a building next to the train station.
There is no bus stop indication, just a bunch of people waiting.

I took a bus at 9:30 on Saturday and there were about 15 people standing inside the bus.
The trip took 60 mins. Once you reach the Tangier Med stop you have to knock on the door operator cover to let the driver know you are getting off.

Thiago
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Thiago

Hi Matthew, thanks for this post! I just took the I-3 bus this Sunday, and the bus stopped further down the road, after the roundabound. We took the 9:30am bus, but got to the bus stop at 8:20am, só more than an hour waiting. Also I would take a shared cab for 20 dirahns if doing this route again, as the bus was really packed with locals going to the beach on the weekend.

Yasmin
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Yasmin

Thank you so much.. I wonder, whether there is a bus the other way round from Tanger Med to Tangier? I think, it should be.

Joe Krasinski
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Joe Krasinski

Excellent detailed article. Thank you. Doing this journey in August with the family and this helps with the choices no end. Will feedback any changes

Mikmtl
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Mikmtl

Thanks a lot for the info!

Actually we can find the route here:
http://www.alsa.ma/fr/tanger/peri-urbain

operating from 05h00 to 23h25

Dennis
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Dennis

Hi Matthew,

your blog is perfect, i have a question how many time i Need to leave the port in Algeciras with procedures?

We want travel from Tanger med to Algeciras and with bus to Malaga.

thanks
Dennis

Kaoutar
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Kaoutar

Hello,
Thanks for the detailed information.
I took this bus on April 29th, 2018. The station moved a little but because of the renovation of the railway station and the street in front of it.
Now it is on your left once you leave the railway station just in front of the entry of the park

Min
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Min

Hi Matthew. Thanks so much. The Tanger Ville Port is closed because of the wind and they told me to go to Tangier Med Port. But I need to catch the flight in Malaga tonight so I’m hurry on my way to Spain. Thanks for your information so much, otherwise I will need a taxi there. I’m on the bus I3 now.

Nadine
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Hey Matthew,

Thanks for providing this info! Doing this trip in 10 days – will report back if anything has changed :)

KS
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KS

We travelled from the Ramada Encore to Tanger Med on Jan 29, 2018. All the information concerning the I-3 bus was bang on. No problems finding the bus stop. You have about a 5 minute walk from the bus stop across the road and under the building towards unit #6 where you go through security for the train station or ferry lines. There’s a couple of places to change your money for the 200-300 dirhams you saved using the bus. Thank you so much for the help. :)

Zeenat Saleh
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Zeenat Saleh

Hi Matthew,

i’m so glad i cam across this post, i am planning on travelling to Morocco in March this year and want to do Spain as well. i’ve been going through 100’s of blog posts and Tripadvisor forums to find out how to get from Tangier Station to the port so i can cross over to Spain.
Just to ensure that i understand everything correctly (i’ll be travelling alone so i’m abit nervous) the train from Marrakech to Tangier goes to the Tangier Ville Station, correct?
From the station, i would take the Blue ALSA bus to the Tangier Med Port?
Does the ferry go to Tarifa or Algeciras, or this is your own choice, if so, which would you recommend?
Once i have arrived in Spain Port, is there a bus that i can take to the train station to get to Granada?

Thanks

Megan Van Alstine
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Hi Zeenat,

Just to clarify, as far as I know, the ferries running from Tanger Med only go to Algeciras, and the ones in Tanger Port go to Tarifa. Then, the last time I was there, they had a free shuttle from Tarifa to Algeciras (and I assume, back again).

And it really depends where you’re going, whether you want to be in Tarifa or Algeciras. I prefer Tarifa, but if I was going north/East, I would probably go to Algeciras to get the next bus. It’s also a cheaper route.

Sara ANTAR
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Sara ANTAR

Hi Zeenat,
I did the exact same trip last year from Morocco to Granada.
Once you arrive at the port of Algeciras, it’s a ten minutes walk to go to the Estacion de Autobuses and there you can catch a bus to Granada, but make sure you don’t arrive too late at Algeciras, because the last bus is at around 9pm.
Know that the trip by bus from Algeciras to Granada takes more than 4 hours. What I did on the way back is look for someone doing the same trip on a carpooling website, which is cheaper, faster, and friendlier.
Have a nice trip,
Sara

shindey
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shindey

Thanks so much for your info. I’m planning to do the same rute, Morocco – granda but it’s been impossible to find info about the buses from algeciras to granada, do you know if there is a website, I’d like to know in advance the buses schedules.

Amy
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Amy

What a fantastic public service you re providing here on your photography blog. As with many others it seems this post has really helped me. Coming into the city in the evening and needing to make my way, with my kids, to tangier med, your post provided accurate and simple knowledge that made my journey much less stressful than it would otherwise have been. We caught it at 7.50 pm, Saturday 13th Jan 2018 from street just to left of Gare opposite Hilton garden hotel and some commercial centre. Thanks to you and all the commenters X

Owen
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Owen

matthew, your suggestion is so useful, and I went to this spot today and it do have the bus stop here, but I was a little bit late at that time(8:45pm) there stops some other ALSA buses, and they told me I3 stopped running at 8:00pm, but there are some white taxis which have 6 seats each just on the bus stop to Tangier Med, and cost 20(don’t know it’s dollar or diharm, cos I’m still on the trip…)

V
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V

I’ve paid 20 dirham going from Tanger GARE to Tanger MED, via a nicely stuffed grand taxi (6 passengers per ride). On the days they think I’m Moroccan, it’s smooth sailing. On the days someone hears me speak Spanish or French, a half hour’s persuasive argument is required to secure the Moroccan price.
I don’t know if it’s usually the same coming back. I made the journey once, was overcharged a bit (40 dh), but was to tired to argue. Another time, debating with a taxi driver on the main road with several acquaintances on my side (1 Moroccan ) proofed fruitful. (At the port). 4 passengers, 25 dh each, and some pretty fun company in that ride. If I get to the port during daylight next time, I’ll have to try the bus back into the city!

Robin
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Robin

I saw an I-3 bus arriving at 17:15 today.

Ash
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Ash

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for providing this resource, it was very useful. I can advise as of November 2017 the location of the pick-up point for the “I3” bus has changed slightly. It has now moved to the western side of the roundabout to an area with a bus slip lane. ( 35.772346,-5.787453 ) . The waiting area for the I3 is on the pedestrian island (easily seen in google maps), and the bus will arrive on the main road side.

Here is a hastily taken photo looking northwards ( http://i66.tinypic.com/dmfho4.jpg ) . Note the shopping centre on the opposite side of the road for those needing an additional reference point. Another (http://i68.tinypic.com/f44r5d.jpg), note pedestrian island bottom left of pic.

The bus arrived exactly at 9.30am and it was standing room only. For travellers lucky enough to have a choice of seats, make sure you sit on the left hand side for amazing coastal views.

For fans of coordinates, here is the exact dropoff location of the bus at Tangier Med 35.882547,-5.500831 .

Salah
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Salah

Im still confused with that bus :/ , i will arrive early in the morning to the train station and im planning to catch the first ferry from tanger med to algésiras (8 AM) , do you know what time is the first departure of the bus ? It would be of great help if someone could share with us the Coordinates of the position. peace :D

Aleks
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Aleks

Thank you all very much for sharing your travel experience.

Following your blog post, we made a trip from Algeciras to Tangier MED by ferry, Tangier MED to the city of Tangier by the I-3 bus and followed the same way back to Algeciras. Everything is still up to date. We traveled on the 21st of July 2017 (Friday) from Algeciras and on the 23rd of July 2017 (Sunday) from Tangier.

On Friday our ferry was delayed with about two hours. After we got to Tangier MED and went out the terminal we went straight to the bus stop. Very easy to find. The taxi drivers were following us half way to the bus stop telling us that there was nothing there and we didn’t know where we were going. We ignored them.

We waited for the bus at the empty white bus stop for about 15 minutes. The bus was almost empty. We paid 7 dirhams each (we were a group of four traveling light) and sat down to enjoy the scenery road. We hopped off the bus at the Tangier Ville train station as this looked to be the last bus stop – everyone got off the bus.

On Sunday we went to the bus stop and asked an employee of the transportation company that runs these lines how frequent the I-3 bus runs on Sundays. He said it ran every 30 minutes. I’m not sure if this is valid throughout the entire day or just for the next several hours.

We had a bit of time so we wandered around for a couple of hours and got back to the bus stop. When we got there, there were already a lot of people queueing in front of the I-3 bus’s door. We were afraid that we might not be able to get in. The people weren’t lining up in a normal queue as you’d expect. You might need to push and make sure nobody pushes you out so that you finally get in. If you go to the bus stop a bit earlier than the bus you shouldn’t have big issues securing your seat.

Our bus trip to Tangier MED took longer than expected because there were a lot of cars on the road. Probably a lot of people go to the beaches on Sundays. If you travel on a Sunday you need to take this into account.

Thanks again for sharing this information. We had a great time in Tangier.

Regards,
Aleks

P.S. I have some pictures that could be useful to the rest of the travellers

Justin
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Justin

Thanks for all the information. My wife and I caught the bus at 8:30 am yesterday. To get to the train station we caught a small green cab and asked him to use the meter which looks like a stereo console down by the stick shift, under the actual stereo console. It was 10 Durhams from the Marchan area to the train station.

We caught the blue I-3 bus where all the other blue buses were stopping (like the 20 and the I-5). If you look up Tanger Ville Railway Station on Google maps and zoom it I’ll explain where we caught it. If you view the round-about from above and think of it as a clock, the train station is at 6 o’clock and the original poster said to wait at 4 o’clock. We ran over and caught it at the 8 o’clock position. Tell the driver you want off at the ferry. You’ll know you are there after 45 minutes into the journey and after passing a huge port under construction, you come to a huge long building on the sea side of the street with huge numbers across as stated by an earlier poster. Just walk under the 7 and take a left inside. There is an entrance sign in blue letters about 100 yards down and to the right.

There’s an overpriced snack shop there, but a great place to use up left over Durham. We told ourselves we were going to convert it to euros, but then got lazy. Now we’re wishing we had bought more yogurt, pineapple juice and goodies. When you get to Algeciras, they forbid dairy, meat, fruit and veggies coming in. So we had to eat our fruit before that check point. Hope some of this helps.

Marc Milliand
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Marc Milliand

Thank you, everything is still up to date, I took it yesterday at 11am, the bus stopped in the turn around where the crowd was. The bus driver made me get off a little bit before the terminus, where u can see a huge building with big blue numbers written on it from 1 to 9, u just walk under the number 7 and u arrive at the boats departure. We left with at least 50 dolphins following us, and I was the only one on the deck to watch them, hahaha.
220 MAD for the boat + 20 MAD (taxes) + 7 MAD for the bus.
At 4.30pm (europen time) I was in Algesiras, pretty easy trip, thanks to you :)

Barron
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I wanted to say thank you for posting this information. We didn’t take the bus, but opted for a taxi to take us from our hotel to take us to Tanger Med. We were 4 people (two adults and two teens) with luggage, so we paid extra for the convenience of being picked up at the hotel door and dropped off at the port. It cost us 250 dirham. I did notice a few bus I-3’s heading back towards Tangier while on our way to Tanger Med.

Anyways, it’s posts like yours that are super helpful for travelers. It is much appreciated!

Ned
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Ned

Hi Matthew,

Thanks for the thorough description! Although the bus stopped a little bit differently for me. I took this trip on June 23, 2017 and during that time the Tangier ville station was under construction. The bus didn’t stop at the corner of the street but rather on the round about itself. So for others if you stand exactly where Matthew says and face the Hilton hotel (curved bldg), turn left and head straight until the station building that is under construction is behind you. Basically on the roundabout and the bus will stop there. If you stand where in the other spot you can see the bus but the bus will simply go by you without stopping. I luckily spotted the bus and was able to run and catch it but I didn’t have time to take any pictures of the spot. Thanks again Matthew!

Sara
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Sara

Hi Matthew,
Thank you so much for this very detailed article. It was so helpful during my trip from Morocco to Spain as I was dreading the part Tanger Station -> Tanger Med. Know that this information is still up to date as of today. I asked the driver to warn me when I have to get off the bus to make sure I don’t miss the right spot.
For those wondering where the bus stops for the opposite journey (from Tanger Med to Tanger Station), there’s a white bus stop on the national road 16. When you get out of the port, you have to go straight up the road where the taxis are waiting until you arrive to the main road, don’t cross the road, turn right and walk about 200m, and you’ll find a white bus stop, that’s where the I-3 will stop.

Michael
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Michael

Hi Sara & Matthew,
I know there is a white bus stop on the national road 16. But I found the Tanger Med port is huge on the Google Maps when checking the satellite view.
Does anyone can point out the coordinates of the bus station on Google maps?
Many thanks, Michael

Steve Lindeman
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Steve Lindeman

Your suggestions were SO helpful today, April 24, 2017. It worked perfectly. I have three photos of the actual bus stop, if you’d like to include them.

Thank you so much for this incredible help to weary, anxious travelers.

Stuart
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Stuart

After a day of mass delays and cancelled ferries on our way from Spain to Morocco, we were keen to find anything that could help us for our return trip to Tangier Med. I stumbled across this post, and gained a lot of confidence from reading it.

I’d like to thank Matthew for sharing this info.

We travelled back to Spain yesterday (9th April 2017) and all the info is still completely up-to-date.

We arrived at the station at 9am on a Sunday – a little concerned that the bus may not be running, or running less frequently at the weekend. The I-3 was sitting there when we arrived, we got on and it left about 5 minutes later.

At the port, we didn’t encounter many people who could speak English, but they were all very friendly and able to guide us with pointing and simple French.

Markku Prunt
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Markku Prunt

Thank you for this post. I took the bus in March, 2017 and it was exactly as you described.

The bus continues a little further from the main entrance to the passenger terminal. I got off at the right spot as I had been talking with a local who new where to hop off. From there it was a hundred meter walk into the terminal and check-in area.

I didn’t have any taxi drivers pestering me while waiting the bus. It took it at 18:00 and the bus was full. No vacant seats left after a few stops within Tangier.