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Crossing countries by land is a cool thing to do, crossing continents? Even cooler! Here’s a quick look at escaping Europe and heading into Africa without taking a flight.

If your heart is set on arriving in Africa by boat (and let’s face it – traveling by boat is clearly the most awesome way to travel anywhere), your options are quite limited but fear not, it’s still very possible. The easiest, most accessible way to get from Europe to Africa by boat is from Portugal to Morocco, so let’s have a look how you go about it….

Boat from Spain to Morocco

1: Get your traveling ass to Spain. Jump on a train or bus from wherever you are and get yourself to Andalusia! There are endless flights to Malaga, Seville, Granada etc all of which are going to get you close to the Mediterranean coast in preparation for your boat trip.

2: Head to Spain’s most southern town, Algeciras. Algeciras is easily reachable by bus from pretty much anywhere in the country, or take the train through some very beautiful mountains. You’re getting close now!


3: Book yourself onto the ferry to Tangiers as a foot passenger. This process is amazingly simple, ferries leave every hour. They vary in speed (and price) but with no booking, no mad desire to get the luxury boat and no time constraints you should be able to hop onto a ferry within a couple of hours of arriving, take the 3 hour trip across the water, all for around $35. Bargain.


4: Get your passport stamped, you’re in Morocco baby! Welcome to Africa! Tangier is a nice enough city but one of it’s highlights is it’s very impressive rail network to the rest of Morocco. Casablanca, Marrakesh, Fez are all within a $20 sleeper train journey and your African adventure can well and truly get started.

Tangiers Morocco

Ok guys, I’m a massive fan of overland travel so hopefully this should help you out when you find yourself staring at the Mediterranean see and wondering how to get across. Happy travels!


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One thought on “Europe to Africa by Boat

  1. Hi I just ofund your site and am impressed! In less than 2 weeks I plan to leave Berlin for Morroco travelling by land. In 3-4 nights (and the days in between) I want to get from Berlin to Casablanca. I am NOTfinding any good night trains (with beds– wow, but even without at this point)

    What would your suggestions for an interesting, not exhaustive, and inexpensive route be?
    My idea was to take a train to France, then another to Spain, then to Gibraltar and onto the ferry… Buses are also an option, though most are slower. Another route with more water is alos possible, though I imgaine it would be more expensive, more time-consuming and more polluting (which is part of the whole reason I’m travelling by land, besides the fact that I see and experience way more, even in such a short time)

    Which trains are fastest and most direct?

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