2. Don’t Get Fleeced by a Taxi Driver
There are fleets of petit taxis around Marrakesh, and many drivers routinely overcharge unsuspecting tourists with outrageous off-the-meter fees. Once you arrive at the destination, they hope you’re not quite up on the dirham conversion or know what a reasonable rate should be, so they’ve got you. You don’t want to make a scene, so you pay up just to get out of the tense situation. Taxis around the Main Square or other tourist attractions are prone to pull something like this. Insist upfront that the meter be used before getting in the car. If they refuse, find another cab. You may have better luck a few blocks away. You need to appear confident and savvy when you get in a taxi, which may be hard to pull off with language and cultural barriers. You don’t want to seem rude or imply that you assume they’re distrustful, but if you’re too soft, this “taxi mafia” will fleece you.