Rabat Airport Guide
security asked me to leave, but I stayed. About noon the security was back and asked me to leave, ready to hand me over to the police. - Olvar
July 2014 - I just flew out of RBA yesterday and arrived before my flight. I had only hand lugguage and had pre checked in.
Getting to the airport: (from Agdal train station)
Paid a blue taxi driver 100Dh. he took his numbers off his taxi and we agreed if we got pulled over we'd say we were friends. The airport is actually in Salle (different territory) so its a different territory, and only the Gran Taxi (Mercedes Taxi's) can go to the Airport from Rabat.
Security will only let you up to the departure area if you have your boarding pass, so if you do not, you are stuck waiting until about 3 hours before your flight to check in. Initially you meet two security guards who make sure you fill in a departure form. The departure forms are on the pillars infront of the security entrance, but there are no pens to fill them in. Once you show your departure form, flight ticket, and passport, to security they let you through the doors and up the elevator to customs. When you reach customs they check your forms again stamp you and let you through to a two machine basic security check. which does a pat down and lets you into the terminal. After clearing the detectors I didnt see another security guard.
They also let me bring a 2L of water with me through security
Upstairs (past security):
Once upstairs you can walk to near Gates 1&2 and as you face the gate's (normally with a ryanair boarding sighn) directly behind you between the smoking room and the Duty Free, are three padded lounge chairs and three TV's. The TV's are functional but get no signal, so if you bring a small hdmi and laptop you can put on a show. They can also be moved so my assumption would be you could risk it and put them together and make a futon bed. At the back of the area against the wall is a power plug, and two connection sockets (can't remember if Ethernet or Telephone). Infront of the Duty Free is a centrally located area with small sofa's you can sit on (and presumably sleep). The problem with this area is that it is completely in the public eye, and does not have a power plug. No internet upstairs. (yes even if you walk all the way to directly above the rental car shoppes).
Downstairs (before check in):
If you opt to stay downstairs (and not pass through customs/check in) there are smaller circular benches (designed for one person) that surround the support pillars when you enter the terminal. You can put a few of those together and lie down or sit there. There are also plugs along the bottom of the pillars
When downstairs should you want to use the internet it is a bit tricky. I found that it was quite intermittant and would work for an hour and then stop working. I presume this was because more people in the terminal were using it. The only Internet connection I got was sitting at the pillar infront of the Bathrooms to the left as you enter the airport. The internet was called 'Sixt a votre service', and required no password. There was a stronger internet on 'FIRST RENT A CAR' which had a one-letter password, but I was not made aware of the password. A fellow traveler walked to the cafe's and asked if they had internet and they both said no.
While I was there, I was not bothered by security, however I arrived in the afternoon for a flight that (after delays) departed around 9. I stayed in the tv area and was not disturbed. The announcements are not too loud, so it makes sense to be close to a departure board.
London Travelers: RBA-STN arriving at midnight will be delayed on one end or another every time you fly, so plan accordingly (YellingFo.re)
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Rabat airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Convives de Marque Lounge - Location: Airside, near IDFS. Hours: opens 90 minutes before the first flight and closes after the last departure. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
WiFi is available at Rabat Airport in the lounges.
If sleeping in Rabat Airport does not appeal to you, there are no hotels at the airport to seek refuge. The nearest hotels are:
- Le Dawliz Hotel & Spa - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($).
- Riad A La Belle Etoile - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers available for 200 Dhs (for up to 4 people).
- Riad Marlinea - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($)
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Rabat Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATM / Cash Machine - Location: Landside
- Children's Play Areas - Information not available
- Currency Exchange - Information not available
- Food & Drinks -
- Information Desk - Information not available
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Information not available
- Medical Care - First aid is available 24 hours.
- Prayer Room - Location: outside the terminal
- Showers - Information not available
- Smoking Lounge - Yes
Information not available. Note: When hours are not available, I recommend that you read a few reviews before deciding to sleep in the airport overnight. And if you know the hours, please let me know and I will update the guide.
Airport Transportation: To/From The Airport
- Car Rentals - Yes, in the Arrivals Hall.
- Public Transportation - Unknown
- Taxi - Taxis are located outside the Arrivals Hall. Set rates are posted in the public hall. According to the airport's web site current rates are: Downtown Rabat (150DH) and Salt (100DH).
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Last Updated: 06 October 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.