The most spoken language in Fez is Darija (the Moroccan Arabic dialect), but many people speak French more or less fluently. English is developping, especially among the younger generations. In the countryside outside Fez many people speak Berber dialects.
Petit taxis :
The "petit taxis" (small cabs) are very convenient and unexpensive to move in Fez. They are not allowed to drive out
of the city (airport, excursions...) and to carry more than 3 persons. They are supposed to use a taximeter and drive safely, which is
not always the case. Do not hesitate to complain if they do not! The fare from the train station (or nearby) in the new city to the
medina with a meter should be around 15 dhs but you may have to negociate because nowdays most drivers charge a fee of 30 dhs minimum from the train station.
Grand taxis :
"Grand taxis", usually old Mercedes, offer transportation between cities at reasonable prices but not always in safe conditions.
They also propose airport transfers at 120 dhs.
Private companies offering touristic transportation can be booked through most hotels and riads for excursions and transfers. The price for a day excursion to Meknes, Volubilis or to Ifrane and the Middle-Atlas is between 600 and 1200 dhs/car depending on the car and thr number of persons.
Morocco offers good quality train services including the first high speed train in Africa between Tangiers and Casablanca.
It is easy to reach Fez by train from Marrakech, Casablanca, Rabat, Tangiers, Oujda...
Trains are comfortable and very affordable. Be careful of false guides who propose services (hotels, visits, excursions...) in the trains, they try to chase for clients and get commissions.
Trains schedule : www.oncf-voyages.ma (in French)
There are many coach companies operating from Fez to other cities in Morocco at very reasonable rates but they are not all reliable.
The two well equipped most riable companies are CTM and Supratours.
Climate in Fez :
"Morocco is a cold country where the sun is warm" !! It is very true in Fez. On sunny days -which is very often- temperatures are usually
pleasant most of the year appart from mid June to mid September when it can be very hot, but on the rare rainy days or after sun set,
from November to April, it can be really chilly or even cold !
In summer the temperature can climb above 40 degrees Celcius but the air is dry and high temperatures are rather easy to bear.
Check Fez weather forecast on : Accuweather.
Exchange rates : 1 euro = 10,50 dirhams (Check precise rates on : www.oanda.com)