Ouarzazate is situated over the Atlas mountains and is about 4 hours drive south of Marrakech. The city is known as the gateway to the Desert and is also a hub for the Moroccan film industry. Featured in many Hollywood movies and UK and American television dramas, the city has become known as Ouallywood.
Ouarzazate is a calmer and smaller city compared to it’s bustling neighbour, Marrakech.
Marrakech to Ouarzazate journey duration
The journey time between Marrakech and Ouarzazate is usually 4 hours drive in total.
The drive between Marrakech and Ouarzazate takes you over the top of the high Atlas Mountains. The roads between Marrakech & Ouarzazate, travelling over the high Atlas Mountains are at times, narrow and winding. Some people may feel nervous about the roads. However, with the choice of either taking a large 48 seater bus with CTM or Supratours or taking a private transfer, most people find they are more comfortable in the smaller vehicle, being driven by a driver who you can engage and interact with.
Taking a private transfer between Marrakech & Ouarzazate also enables you to take a break and stop, for Photos or just to stretch your legs whenever you like.
Destinations around the Ouarzazate area
The published prices for most transfers from Marrakech to Ouarzazate will have a destination of Ouarzazate city. It’s important to remember that other destinations near to Ouarzazate, such as Fint or Skoura are further in distance from Ouarzazate. Ensure that you request a price specifically for these 2 destinations if this is where you will be heading.
Kasbah Ait ben haddou, meanwhile, when travelling from Marrakech, is located on the way to Ouarzazate. So, for this destination, the price should remain the same as if your destination was Ouarzazate city itself.
Note that whilst Kasbah Ait benhaddou is located on the way to Ouarzazate, it is actually equal driving distance as Ouarzazate because it is accessed via a smaller road which takes approx 20 minutes to drive down from the main road.