RE: RE: travel time to tangier from fez
Trains from Fes to Tanger take about 5:30 hours and leave at 01:50, 07:00, 09:00, 13:20, and 17:00. Schedules at oncf.ma/scripts/horaires1.as.... You'll want to leave at 9:00 if you want an afternoon ferry, which requires a connection in Sidi Kacem, but conductors are very helpful, and a lot of people will be making the connection with you. First class is well worth the small premium.
Overall, Fes is nicer than Tanger and you get more for your money. More to the point, why bother to find your way around in Tanger if you will only be here long enough to sleep? I would say: extend your Fes time so you are actually able to enjoy your day there.
If getting to Malaga at a reasonable hour is a value, you could consider taking the bus to Malaga. It only takes 1:45 hr (ctsa-portillo.com/ima/pdf/al..., and the bus station is right across from the train station (both a 10 min walk from the port).
You will usually get to Algeciras faster if you take the cheaper FRS boat to Tarifa (35 minutes plus 15 minutes to disembark and clear customs) and then the free green shuttle (keep your boat ticket!) to Algeciras. The FRS boats leave every 2 hours and never run into traffic jams at the dock since they are the only company in Tarifa.
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