As Morocco’s main international gateway, Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca is the busiest airport in the country and the fourth busiest in Africa. Recent renovations to Terminal 1 have increased the airport's capacity to 20 million passengers per year. It has two runways and two terminals: Terminal 1 for international and domestic flights, and Terminal 2 for international flights only (mostly operated by national carrier Royal Air Maroc).
Although considered a safe airport, many travelers report that the layout can be confusing, especially since signage is French and Arabic. Nevertheless, most airport staff speak adequate English and are generally helpful. Be prepared for long lines, and although reports are mixed when it comes to cleanliness, the toilets are notoriously poorly maintained. Our guide is designed to help make your experience as positive as possible.
Casablanca Airport Code, Location and Flight Information
- Airport code: CMN
- Location: 19 miles southeast of Casablanca, in the suburb of Nouasseur
- Flight information
- Phone number: (+212) 5 22 43 58 58/ (+212) 80 1000 224
Know Before You Go
In addition to Royal Air Maroc, Mohammed V International Airport hosts 24 airlines and connects Morocco to 96 international destinations. Terminals 1 and 2 are located in the same building. To get from one to the other, walk along the connecting corridor. Baggage trolleys and porters are readily available to help you transport your luggage, while both terminals offer a wide range of services, including bars, coffee shops, restaurants, prayer rooms, and currency conversion. If you want to have your bags plastic-wrapped, you will find kiosks offering the service in both terminals, while each has its own small selection of shops. Toilets are free, and wheelchairs are available for those that need them (although they must be booked in advance through your airline’s reservation desk).
If you have a long layover and need to sleep at the airport, there is a transit hotel inside Terminal 2. However, reviews suggest that it isn’t the cleanest place to rest your head, and you may be better off choosing one of a handful of hotels located a short shuttle ride away. These include ONOMO Hotel Casablanca Airport and Atlas Sky Airport - Casablanca.
Mohammed V International Airport Parking
There are two parking lots at Mohammed V International Airport; one in front of Terminal 1 and the other in Terminal 2. Both have two levels and can accommodate 2,075 and 2,000 vehicles, respectively. Parking costs depend on whether you opt for an open-air or covered parking space and range from 6 dirhams to 9 dirhams for one hour to 35 dirhams to 50 dirhams for a period of between 12 and 24 hours. Both parking lots are open to passengers 24 hours a day.
If you plan on hiring a car, there are six rental companies based at the airport, including internationally recognized brands like Avis, Hertz, and Europcar. Driving to Casablanca city center from the airport and vice versa is straightforward and takes around 40 minutes, depending on traffic. From the city center, drive south on the N11 highway towards Marrakesh and take the exit signposted for the airport.
Public Transportation and Taxis
If you prefer to use public transport, the easiest way to get from the airport to central Casablanca is to catch the train from the station located in the Arrivals area of Terminal 1. It stops at the city’s Ain Sebaa, Casa Port, Casa Voyageurs, and Oasis train stations. Trains run between the airport and Casablanca proper from 3:55 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. every day and are operated by the national rail network, ONCF. It takes roughly half an hour to reach Casa Voyageurs (the most central train station). Second-class tickets to Casa Voyageurs cost 55 dirhams.
Taxis also operate to and from the airport and can be hailed from the Arrivals esplanade's taxi station. They operate around the clock and are a useful alternative if your flight arrives or departs at a time when the trains are not running. Expect to pay around 250 dirhams for the journey between Casablanca and the airport.
Where to Eat and Drink
Although Casablanca Airport is not a prime dining destination, it does have several coffee shops and restaurants offering sustenance for hungry travelers. There are seven outlets to choose from in Terminal 1 and 15 to choose from in Terminal 2, some landside and some airside. You will find both fast food and sit-down fare with European, Asian, and North African cuisines represented. Options include a pizza restaurant and international café brands like Starbucks and Illy for sandwiches, snacks, and coffee. Expect to pay considerably higher prices at the airport than you would at similar restaurants in Casablanca.
How to Spend Your Layover
If you have an extended layover at the airport, consider hopping on the train to the city for a day out in Casablanca. If you haven’t yet stocked up on souvenirs, head to Quartier Habous. Also known as the New Medina, it was built by the French in the 1930s and showcases beautiful architecture inspired by the Moorish and Art Deco styles. Here, you’ll find many upmarket shops selling high-quality Moroccan crafts. Alternatively, head to the beachfront for a stroll along the scenic promenade known as La Corniche or take photos of the Hassan II Mosque. Ranked as one of the largest mosques globally, it’s one of the few in Morocco that allows non-Muslim visitors.
Mohammed V International Airport has several lounges. Some, like Convives de Marque and ONDA’s Business Aviation lounges, are only open to members and VIPs. Royal Air Maroc has lounges for first and business class travelers at both terminals. Passengers of all airlines and travel classes can pay at the door to enter one of three Pearl Lounges. These are located airside at Terminal 1 and airside at Terminal 2 (where there are separate lounges for departing and arriving passengers). Entry costs around $35 and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Benefits include complimentary snacks and beverages and showers.
Wi-Fi and Charging Stations
Wi-Fi is available throughout the airport and is free for the first 30 minutes. However, some travelers report that the connection can be unreliable. Charge points can be found but are usually inconveniently placed. Be sure to pack your travel adaptor in your hand luggage if you plan on charging your devices because all plug sockets are of the European style found across Morocco with holes for two round pins.
Mohammed V International Airport Facts
- Casablanca’s airport is named after the late King Mohammed V of Morocco.
- It was originally built in 1943 by the United States as an auxiliary airport for military aircraft during World War II. When the war ended, it was handed over to the civil government but served as a U.S. military base again during the Cold War. America maintained a partial military presence in Morocco until 1963.
- The airport has a third terminal, although it is currently not in use.