Marrakech is 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. Taxis can be hailed on the streets. It is best to check that the meter is working and is turned on, or 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. 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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