The parts of Marrakech of most interest to tourists are generally easily and best explored on foot. The city consists of the Medina (old town) and the Ville Nouvelle (new city), approximately four kilometres apart. Beige-coloured petits taxis are cheap with metered fares and are a good form of transportation between the two destinations if it is too hot to walk, but many travellers opt to find accommodation in the old city and seldom leave this area. Taxis can be hailed on the streets. It is best to check that the meter is working and is turned on before departing, or to decide on a fare before setting off.
Public buses are a bit of a free-for-all and can get unbearably hot, but they are cheap, frequent and cover the entire city. Driving in the city of Marrakech is difficult unless you know your way around and is not recommended, considering the narrow alleyways of the central urban medina area and the heavy traffic of various vehicles, pedestrians and animals. If travellers choose to hire vehicles - and there are many rental companies available - they would do well to use them for excursions out of the city, and keep them safe in hotel parking lots while sightseeing in Marrakech on foot. The coach bus stations (CMS and Supratours) are situated in the new city and cover routes between cities and towns. Mercedes Benz sedans are called grands taxis and are another alternative for getting to neighbouring towns.
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