Marrakesh railway station
|Passengers (2007)||3 million|
The old station, built in 1923 during French protectorate time, was located along Hasan II Avenue and served as a terminus of the rail system. It was within walking distance of the new city-centre (French Quarter) district and Royal Theatre.
In 2008 a newly constructed station was opened adjacent to the old building and tracks were extended. The new station, located 100 meters closer to the city-centre district (and directly opposite the Royal Theatre), is larger and was built to serve the planned extension of the rail network towards Agadir and Laayone. It contains several shops and fast food restaurants, including a KFC.
An Ibis Hotel is located directly adjacent to the station.
Transfers to the main East-West link to Oujda (for Algeria) via Casablanca Voyageurs are possible, as well as the airport shuttle to Mohammed V International Airport. Besides the two direct trains, Tangier can also be reached with a transfer in Casablanca.
The new station was built to facilitate planned high-speed trains and the network will be expanded towards Agadir and Laayone. In the future, trains will reverse using a new triangular junction west of the station to continue south.
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