Morocco's railway operator (ONCF) announced that travel time between Marrakech and Casablanca will be reduced to two hours and 15 minutes, owing to the duplication of the original train line.
Rabat- Following the complete doubling and renovation of the Casablanca-Marrakech railway tracks, the Marrakech-Casablanca line, inaugurated Thursday, November 22, will run between the two cities every two hours.
The passengers will reach their destination in two hours and 32 minutes instead of the usual three hours and 35 minutes.
During the inauguration of the line on Thursday, the National Railway Office (ONCF) offered inaugural trips for the national media press. ONCF is also offering free trips aboard al-Boraq from November 26-28.
There will be 16 trains running between Marrakech and Casablanca, 14 trains between Marrakech and Fez, 32 trains running between Casablanca and Fez.
ONCF president Rabie Khlie said on the occasion that the inauguration of the Marrakech station whose railworks lasted for almost five years. Khlie added that the Casablanca station, Casa-voyageurs, is but the beginning of a series of inaugurations of several other LGV projects in the coming days.
The railway projects are meant to substantially ease the flow of traffic, reduce travel time, and improve passengers services on board Moroccan trains.
The new Kenitra train station generated investments of approximately MAD 400 million. The project includes the redevelopment of 5 quays of 400 ml in length, as well as the construction of a 200-space car park.
The Casa-Voyageurs train station, for its part, mobilized MAD 450 million. Like the other new stations, it entails state-of-the-art s technological equipment that meets international standards in terms of safety, comfort, security and quality of services.
The Tangier-Ville Railway Station, which required MAD 360 million, consisted of renovation works at the old station building.
Ticket prices for the LGV economy class from Tangier to Casablanca cost MAD 149-224.
Second-class tickets cost MAD 93-139 for Tangier-Kenitra, MAD 115-172 for Tangier-Rabat, and MAD 149-224 for Tangier-Casablanca.
First-class tickets cost MAD 162-244 for Tangier-Kenitra.
King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the high-speed train on November 15.