The No 16 local bus is now an "airport shuttle" that costs "2Euro/20 DH" for a single trip. It is no longer clearly marked as bus 16 but it's a new Volvo bus with a printout on the right side (Fez - Airport). It runs approximately every 30 minutes. It will take you to the train station and the ride is about 25-30 minutes. The ticket can be purchased on the bus.
There is a fixed price for a taxi DH 120 from the airport to the medina. If you come in the night it's a good idea to book it in advance.
There is regular train service along the [[Marrakech]] to [[Oujda]] and [[Tangier]] to Oujda train lines.
Eight arrivals daily from [[Marrakech]]
The trip from [[Casablanca]] takes about 3 hours 20 to 4 hours 20 and costs 165/110 dirhams. (
There are five trains per day from [[Tangier]] arriving after 4.5 hours at a cost of 155/105 dirhams (1st/2nd class).
From [[Rabat]] takes about two and a half to three hours, and costs 75-105 dirhams.
Fez is about 4 hours' drive by car from Casablanca. The stretch of toll highway from Rabat to Fez is in superb condition.
Traveling by grand taxi (inter-city taxi), though more expensive than trains, is viable for tourists. Seats in a taxi are sold individually, in order to travel in relative comfort, you may need to purchase more than one seat. A ride from Fez to Casablanca costs approximately 60-80 dirhams per seat. Note that grand taxi fares are regulated and it is worth checking the official rates with the tourist board, as some drivers or hotels will quote inflated prices.
Within Fez, ride in the petits taxis (local taxis) rarely cost more that 15-20 dirhams. However, the medina of Fes el-Bali is only accessible from a few points by car. Bab Boujeloud and nearby Place Batha are popular dropoff points, as is Place R'cif; for parking there is spaces at Ain Zleten on the northeast edge of the medina. Another openair parking is situated near Hotel Batha (price 20 Dhs / day). If you stay longer than 1 day don't pay in advance.
The old bus terminal (
The CTM terminal (''gare
While the gare routière covers more routes more cheaply, many travelers prefer CTM for its reliability and cleanliness. Most CTM buses leaving Fes, anyway, start from the gare routière and make a stop in the gare CTM after 30min in the town traffic. CTM bus coming into Fes, at the contrary, will leave you at the gare CTM.
Ignore the travel guides that tell you that you'll get lost in the '''medina''' and that you must hire a guide. If you are particularly worried, be sure to arrange a licensed guide through your hotel or the tourism office - they will be able to give you an accurate history and will make fewer shopping stops. The faux-guides in particular will simply take you from shop to shop where you will be pressured to buy goods, which will cost you extra because the seller will be obliged to pay the guide a hidden commission.
There are some basic landmarks that you can use to get around, and there is a path network marked by signs perched on walls. These signs have a 8-point star shape which will guide you between the main places in the medina. If you are lost you only have to find one of these signs and follow it in any direction until you arrive to a map or a known place. You may also find it useful to carry a compass, as the narrow, built-up streets can block the view of landmarks and be disorienting. Alternatively, just keep heading downhill and you will eventually get to a gate. The main street is the Talaa Kbira, which runs from Bab
For more detailed tours and directions, look for the book ''Fez from Bab to Bab'' (Hammad Berrada). It has a complete map of the medina and several well-described walking tours. It can be found in most bookshops, both on the Talaa Sghira or at the large bookstore on the Avenue Hassan II in the ville nouvelle. However, be discreet taking out your map or you will have many offers from false guides!
[[Image:BABUJELOUD.jpg|thumb|300px|Bab Boujeloud, the upper and main entrance to the medina.]]
One of the most fascinating activities to do in Fez is a trip in the '''medina''' (Old City). The medina is so complex to navigate that sometimes it's easier to simply lose yourself in the hustle and bustle of the various markets, and find your way out once you have had enough of all the sights, sounds, and smells that will overwhelm your senses. You will eventually find your way out via lots of dried fruit, leather goods, ceramics, textiles and food stalls!
* The '''Berber pharmacy''' in the Medina has hundreds of jars of twisted root and twig neatly lined up along the walls. ''Don't eat the seed-pod like things the proprietor offers you.'' Although he's eating them also, they are ''very'' high in estrogen and can cause a man's nipples to be sore for several days afterwards.
* The '''
There are several well-marked trails through the city: follow the green (Andalusian palaces and gardens), orange (walls and fortifications), or blue signs and you won't get lost in all the narrow twisting streets.
*The '''Arabic Language Institute in Fez''', ''+212 35'' 62 48 50 (fax ''+212 35'' 93 16 08,
The markets near the 'main' gate of Bab Boujeloud (near to Hotel Cascades) are full of yummy food. It is worth just wandering through them, buying random bits of food. Street food is very cheap and is often safe. Restaurants, even cheap ones, will often be up to twice the cost of street food, and the quality can be the same. In the medina is difficult to find cheap food other than in the Bab Boujeloud area. There are only a very few tourist restaurants where you will get ripped off and some food stalls down in the food market near the R'cif place.
*<eat name="L'Ambre" alt="2001" address="Riad Fes, 5Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana" directions="" phone="+212 35 74 12 06" url="www.restaurantfes.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">In the heart of a medieval city known for its diverse savory eateries, L'Ambre offers a dining experience that should not be missed when visiting Fez. A delightful selection of Moroccan cuisine with an original twist is served in any of our three dining rooms, in the garden or on the roof terrace.</eat>
*'''Le Kasbah''' (near Bab Boujloud). Friendly service, a solid selection of inexpensive Moroccan staples (excellent vegetarian tagine) and a couple of lovely high terraces overlooking the Gate on one side and the medina on the other. It is a comfortable atmospheric place to chat to other travellers and its a welcome haven from the bustle of the crowded streets of the medina. Street food is allowed to eat at the terraces. You pay only the service for the drink.
*'''Fez Lounge'''[http://www.fezlounge.com ], 95, Zkak Rouah- Tala Kbira, tel +212535633097. Down the Tala Kbira, on a tiny street on your right)or F Lounge; is the new addition to the medina scene. With walls in dark grey tadelakt and an ambiance of an ultra contemporary Arab dream, Fez Lounge is highly recommended for its Mediterranean inspired tapas such as Camembert bruschetta with walnuts and balsamic vinegar or for its reputed warm brownie with chocolate. Traditional Moroccan dishes like Pastilla and tajines are also available. Owned by an Italian, you can feel its style from the design of the tables to the dim lighting or the Hotel Costes Music.
*'''Restaurant International''', The Car Park at Av. Abdellah Chefchawni. This little place is easy to overlook, but the fact that the outer windows are mirrored should be the first indication it won't be at the top of any tourist routes. The crowd here is all local, and foreigners might expect a few stares and side looks. They serve the basic selection of beer, as well as some of the best spaghetti and pizza in town. Three stories, but avoid the middle one - the band is usually blasting bad synthesizer-Arabic music. Also avoid the basement, unless you're looking for prostitutes.
*'''The White Souk /
*<drink name="Mezzanine" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="www;restaurantfez.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Set over three floors, with an additional outside patio,Mezzanine offers both a cosy lounge bar for a quiet cocktail tapas as well as a confortable larger seating area for dinners and parties.
Fully wifi d, Mezzanine transforms from a day time lounge into one of Fez most cosmopolitan dinner, music and venues with it s resident dj.
Open from 12 until
Enjoy a coktail, beer or wine on the terrace. It s really unique</drink>
*<drink name="L'Alcazar Bar" alt="" address="Riad Fes, 5 Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana" directions="" phone="" url="www.restaurantfes.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">After a high-energy day in the Medina, L'Alcazar Bar is a comfortable oasis of relaxation and refreshment, the perfect backdrop for a memorable moment with friends and family.
A stylish lounge area where stunning design is combined with a warm atmosphere exuding an oriental yet contemporary feel.
The lounge bar and fumoir feature a vast choice of cocktails, malt, cognac, wines but also a selection of cigars. </drink>
*'''Camping Diamant Vert''',Rue Ain Chkef. Decent amount of shade, french toilets and (sometimes warm) showers. 25 Dh a person, 15 Dh per tent. Free access to the swimming pool.
*'''HI youth hostel''' (''Albergue Juvenil''), 18 Rue Abdeslam Serghini, tel 035.624085. Clean, bright, friendly and well placed in the ''ville nouvelle''. Unfortunately there is a debilitating
*'''Hotel Erraha''' (near Bab Boud Jeloud - main gate) in the Medina. Ugly and noisy, not absolutely clean but could serve for a night if you don't find another place, 100 Dhs. One of the employees, Mohammad, is a good man, and will gladly tell you about the history of Fes, and help you out if you need anything.
*'''Pension Batha''', (100-250 Dhs) 8 Sidi Lkhayat Batha, Fax: 05-574-1150, just across from Hotel Batha, around the corner from Bab Boud Ganoush. It has limited rooms, and fills up quickly, but they are clean and include private bathroom. It comes with breakfast on a nice (but small) terrace on the top floor. Double Room with bathroom 250 Dhs. Breakfast very simple but OK. Ask for Laila (English spoken).
*'''Hotel Rex''', 32 Machra bel Ksiri (near place Atlas), tel. 035.642133, 100 Dh for a double room in the Ville Nouvelle, near the Gare CTM.
* '''Hotel Volubilis''', 42 Abdellah Chefchaouni, tel 035.620463, 80 Dh for a double, 120 Dh for apartments for 3-4 people. Bed bathrooms (cold shower, just over the toilet).
*'''Dar Anebar''': Beautiful riad decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, but including a host of modern amenities. This place is really the best of both worlds: if you stay in the Dar Anebar Annex, you can enjoy the elegance of a riad, while still having access to the convenience of free wifi, hot showers, and french toilets. Also great location, just minutes from Bab Guissa. During the off-season, double rooms in the annex are only 65euros per night.
*'''Dar Bennis''': traditional 18th century house (riad) in the Medina for vacation or holiday rental for up to five people, starting at 80 euros for entire house. This website [http://www.houseinfez.com/] also has lots of information about Fez museums, architecture, restaurants, real estate & monuments.
*'''Hotel Batha''': (near Bab Boud Jeloud beside Post Office) Tourist Hotel in font of Pension Batha. Almost full. About 520 Dhm for double room with bathroom. The price is very high for the quality. The outside of the hotel is great but the room are very basic and old. Just around the corner towards the Bab Bajeloud is an internet café run by a couple of very nice guys who speak English and will be more than willing to give you some insights on the best places to visit and explore in the city. The price for the internet café is 10 DH/h
*'''ChezMaMounia - Bed And Breakfast''', (34-55 USD) [http://www.chezmamounia.com] Avenue Saint Louis, Tel: 06-99008110, Behind Hotel Jnan Fes Palace. For those who want to discover or rediscover the magic city of Fez with an authentic Moroccan family.
*'''Lounge House''':[http://www.rentinfez.com] A traditional Masriya (house for the elder son of the family, profusely decorated) with a contemporary twist. Its up for vacation or holiday rental for up to four people, starting at 90 euros night for the entire house. Interesting links in the website containing much needed info about what to do in Fez.
*'''Dar Bensouda''', (from €66) [http://www.riaddarbensouda.com] No.14 Zkak El Bghel, Quettanine, Tel: 05-35638949. Lovely riad transformed from a traditional palace with two courtyards and a swimming pool. Friendly and helpful English-speaking staff.
*''Riad Arabesque''' [http://www.arabesquehotelfez.com]. Traditional hotel.
*<sleep name="Riad Fes" alt="2001" address="5 Derb Ben Slimane Zerbtana" directions="" phone="+212 35 94 76 10" url="www.riadfes.com" checkin="2.00PM" checkout="12.00PM" price="" lat="" long="">Riad Fes is renowned for its luxury, impeccable service and fine restaurant.Its Andalous pavilion and lounge have brought an even more vibrant edge to Fez’s most stylish Riad. With spectacular views of the Medina and the Atlas Mountains, Riad Fez is ideal for those travelling for business or pleasure.</sleep>*<sleep name="Riad Numero 9" alt="" address="9 Derb Lamside" directions="in the heart of the medina" phone="+212 535 634045" url="http://www.riad9.com" price="€100-200">Intimate boutique hotel. Franco-Mediterranean cuisine. What sets this establishment apart is the interesting decoration which is a juxtaposition of French and English vintage and Asian contemporary. The panoramic view from the rooftop terrace is one of the best in the medina.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Riad Tizwa" alt="" address="15 Derb Gurebba , Batha" directions="" phone="+212 66190872 London +447973238444" url="www.riadtizwa.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="" lat="" long="">Riad Tizwa is Morocco's FIRST recognised environmental riad (by Clef Verte) a traditional Moroccan home in the heart of the medina. Five double bedrooms and English speaking staff makes for good service. Easy to find in the best area of the old town of Fes, the riad has wonderful freshly made breakfasts, a lovely roof terrace to relax on, and nice touches like handmade soap, rose petals, and a great selection of tasty Moroccan food.</sleep>
*<sleep name="Riad Verus" alt="" address="1 Derb Arset Bennis" directions="Batha" phone="0535741040" url="http://www.riadverus.com" checkin="12.30" checkout="11.30" price="80 €" lat="" long="">Riad Verus
*''Riad Yacout''' [http://www.riadyacout.com/en/index.htm]. Riad Yacout is a fassi house in the medina restored on the norms and of tradition by the artisans of Fez.
You should also beware of hustlers (aka con-artists); Fez has a far larger number of them than almost everywhere else and they use more sophisticated techniques. An example of a prominent scam occurs where you come into Fez by train and someone talks to you saying he is coming to visit his relatives, and is actually a respectable outsider (e.g. an owner of a hotel). He will then ask you to come eat with his relatives and when you get there they will spend most of the time trying to suggest accommodation, offering you tours where they gain commission from all the (especially Carpet) shops, and even organize expensive desert excursions that are actually just you driving in circles just outside the city for three days.
For a North American traveller, Fez requires a real change of outlook or it will be a very high-stress trip! Shopkeepers and guides are very assertive and you will have to get used to saying "no" a lot. On the other hand, they can be genuinely warm and friendly even while trying to sell you something, an idea that is pretty alien to North Americans where it is assumed that a business relationship is the opposite of sincerity!
Alternatively, '''[[Meknes]]''' itself is worth a visit, if only due to its calmer and less crowded medina, which has ample shopping opportunities.
From the ''Gare Routière'', you can leave '''
At the station, touts will try to sell you tickets for [[Chefchaouen]] if you look like a western tourist coming for smoke. Avoid them.
* CMT leave for the main destinations ([[Marrakesh]], [[Rabat]], [[Tangier]], [[Tetouan]], Oujda, Nador). Going from Fez to Rissani ([[Merzouga]] is another 30km taxi ride after Rissani) there is one CTM bus a day, leaving the Fez bus station at
* Other companies serve any town and village in nord and center Morocco; deaparting hours are shown over the counters, but may change from one day to another, so be sure to ask to the employee.
You can leave Fes