Several new trains have been brought into service recently and the standard of Second Class travel has vastly improved. The key difference between First Class and Second Class train travel in Morocco remains that in First Class you get a designated seat whereas in Second Class you do not, and if the train is full (they often are), you may be left standing. In the newer trains, First Class may be in a regular air conditioned open carriage with rows of seats either side of the central aisle. The older trains offer six comfortable seats in an enclosed compartment with a sliding door leading from the compartment to the corridor. The carriages are clean and orderly.
In Second Class there is also air conditioning but no designated seating so if the train is busy there is a possibility you will be left standing in the corridor with your bags (think London Underground during rush hour). In the newer trains, Second Class may be in a regular open carriage with rows of seats either side of the central aisle. The older trains offer eight seats in separate compartments compared to the six seats in First Class, so the compartments are more cramped. The majority of Moroccans travel by Second Class – typically each train is made up of six Second Class carriages and two First Class carriages.
Usually it’s worth the extra money to travel in First Class in order to have the guaranteed seat.
The only possible advantage of travelling Second Class, apart from the slightly cheaper price, is that you can choose any seat, in any carriage, so there’s a good chance you can have a forward facing seat next to the window. You’ll also meet some interesting characters.
The view from the window in Second Class and First Class is the same!
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