Marrakech Scams: The Taxi Scam and How to Avoid it
By Brenda Garcia Jaramillo
I love living in Marrakech but if I were to name one thing as the bane of my existence here it would be dealing with taxi drivers. If you’re not familiar with how taxi’s in Morocco work, there are two types of taxis: petite taxis and grand taxis. Petite taxis can only seat 3 people and they are obligated to charge you based on a metered price. Grand taxis can hold 6 or 8 people depending on the car model and you pay a specific rate for your seat and your taxi leaves only when it’s filled or people pay for the remaining seats. Grand taxis usually go out of the main cities to neighboring villages or specific routes within the city but they won’t take you from the Medina to Gueliz for example. A petite taxi can take you to specific locations within city limits.