Our trip started from our apartment near the Imam Ali Mosque in Fes, Morocco. We woke up early and walked the few blocks to the new Fes Train Station in the ville nouvelle.
The morning was bright and sunny and since the weather was already hot we knew it was going to be a scorching day in Fes. The vegetable souk next to Imam Ali Mosque was in full swing as we went by and we thought about buying fresh fruit for the trip but since we had already loaded up with the spoilables from our refrigerator, we passed by the many hawkers calling out ‘Banana ashirah dirhams’ or ‘Hoot Al Hoceima’ and got to the gare in plenty of time.
The new train station in Fes is beautiful. It’s so different from the dark and dingy little place I arrived at the first night I was in Morocco what seems like twenty years ago. Hard to believe it hasn’t even been two years yet. time goes slowly in the 12th century. Inside the station, we had some time so we went upstairs to a fancy coffee place and talked about what we hoped our trip to Turkey would be like.
Boarding the train we found ourselves in a very nice shared cabin with plush seats, cold air conditioning, and a very nice Moroccan family sharing the space with us. Since I had my internet connection with me, I wrote a couple of articles and actually managed to pay for the train trip while we were on the train. It took us just over six hours. Paying for first class in Morocco is always worth the extra money since the 2nd class cars often have AC that doesn’t work and you most often find yourself crammed into a compartment with 8-10 other people as opposed to the 1st Class which comfortably holds a maximum of six. The difference in price between first and second class for this trip was only about $15 U.S. for both of us.
Our tickets were 165 dirhams each for first class to Casablanca Voyageurs Train Station. From there we had to book two more tickets to Mohammad V Airport for 40 dirhams each. Maybe someday they’ll sell direct trains to the airport from Fes, but the transfer is unavoidable at the present time. For the short trip to Mohammad V from Casa Voyageurs, second class is just fine.