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Moroccan Currency

Travel Tips for your Holiday in Morocco – Tipping and Money

Whether our guests have travelled extensively in Morocco previously or have rarely travelled overseas, our travel consultants are here to help to answer any questions you have about your holiday to make sure that you are happy; however, we cover some Frequently Asked Questions on our website and we explore more common concerns in this articles on “Tipping and Money”.

More information can be found in our Moroccan Currency and Banking section.

Money in Morocco – putting the Moroccan Dirham (MHD) into context

The average wage in Morocco is around 3,000-4,000 MHD per month (£2.5k - £3.5k pa) which very roughly equates to around £1 - £1.5 per hour; however, unskilled workers may be on around only 50 MHD per day (around £3.5 a day) whilst skilled worker may get around 300 MHD a day (around £22 a day).

Unemployment rate of 9% or around 18% for the youth (15-24 year olds).

Tipping in Morocco – what’s normal

Tipping in most countries is normal and Morocco is no exception, whether it is in a restaurant, for a person carrying your bags or at the end of your stay for the chambermaid. Whilst you don’t want to appear rude or mean spirited, you don’t want to over tip - tipping can add up and can lead to price escalation locally over time.

The usual rule of thumb in most countries is around 10% of a bill, which broadly holds true in Morocco if you are happy with the service provided, but most components of your holiday with Naturally Morocco will be paid for as part of your total package (accommodation, transfers, guides etc) so you will not know the individual cost of each element, hence you will need to use a little common sense as you go.

Taking into account the relative scale of income (noted above), tips or gifts may vary from a few centimes or 1 MHD for a beggar, 10-20 MHD for a bag carrier if they have taken you bags a reasonable distance on their cart or mule, up to 100 MHD or so for a chambermaid after an extended stay in a single smart property or up to a couple of hundred MHD for a driver on an extended driving tour.

The need for Small Change

Moroccan Dirham is issued in banknotes (20, 50, 100 and 200 Dirham) and coins (1, 5, and 10 Dirham, and 5, 10, 20 and 50 centimes). When buying MHD at a foreign exchange desk most MHD will be handed over in large notes – as that is simplest for the desk.

But try to get small notes. Paying for a cup of mint tea at a local café with a 200 MHD note is cumbersome and verges on the embarrassing – build up a selection of coins and small notes, asking for a number of small notes at the foreign exchange desk when you make your exchange, and break down large denomination notes into small currency when in smarter restaurants or larger shops.

50 centime pieces, and 1, 5, and 10 MHD notes are very handy as you explore the country.