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CURRENCY EXCHANGE

If you exchange your home currency for Moroccan Dirham (MAD), there are a few things you should know. A dirham, also abbreviated to Dh, is divided into 100 centimes and comes in bills for 20, 50, 100 and 200 dirhams and coins for 1, 5 and 10 dirhams in addition to 5, 10 and 20 centimes. At time of posting, 1 euro is roughly equal to 10.8 dirhams and 1 British pound to 14.6 dirhams.

 

WHERE TO EXCHANGE

The Moroccan Dirham isn’t available outside of Morocco, so you’ll have to wait to exchange your currency until you arrive. You can do so at the airport or at a currency-exchange office, hotel or international bank. However, you’ll usually find the best exchange rate at an ATM, which are readily available in major cities. Just keep in mind ATMs sometimes run dry over the weekends.

 

TIPPING

Always tip when in doubt, it’s a fairly common practice across Morocco. Waiters in proper restaurants expect 10% of the bill, but many restaurants will add this percentage to the bill automatically, so check first. Less formal cafés will expect 1 Dh or 2 Dh per person. In taxis, round up to the nearest 5 Dh if they have a working meter or make sure you know the price before you start your trip. At hotels, you should tip your maid at the end of your stay, tip bellboys 5 Dh or 10 Dh, and tip 1 Dh or 2 Dh for other employees such as restroom and parking attendants.