Are you looking for the best ways to get around Malta? The good news is that travelling around the island is pretty easy and straightforward. Its small size, together with the ample transport solutions, means that getting around should be the least of your concerns during your stay—allowing you plenty of time to focus on discovering Malta’s must-see spots and hidden gems.
In this guide, we’ve collated all you need to know about getting around Malta—including information about the island’s primary means of transport, such as public transport, taxis, ferries, and more.
Malta public transport
Malta’s public transport system is made up of bus routes that can take you anywhere you want to go in Malta between 5:30 am and 11 pm. Operated by Malta Public Transport, these routes can take you to most tourist sights and more. There’s also a night service on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays, connecting travellers with the main nightlife spots on the island.
Malta’s public transport is also the most cost-effective means of transport, offering different ticket solutions. One single ticket costs €1.50 in off-peak season, €2 during the summer months, and €3 for the night service, and can be used to travel on any bus within two hours, including interchanging. Depending on your travelling need, you can also opt for one of the many travel card solutions available, through which you can benefit from reduced fares and added value. You can find more information on these solutions on the Malta Public Transport website, where you can explore all the bus routes available in Malta and Gozo and plan your journey too.
Renting a car
Renting a car in Malta is another effective way to travel around the island. Whether you’re planning to take a road trip or explore Malta’s fascinating spots off the beaten track, driving around the island can be a good option. It’s important to note that while all road signs in Malta and Gozo are in English, contrary to most of Europe, driving in Malta is on the left. International and national driving licences are acceptable, and you can easily rent a car for a daily rate ranging between €16 – €28. You can opt for an internationally-based car leasing service or even a local garage to find your ideal rental.
When parking your car, ensure you know the parking spot conventions on the island. White parking spots are usually available for the public to park in at all times, and green parking bays are reserved for just residents. In contrast, blue parking spots are available only between 8:00 – 18:00. Beware of any yellow lines, especially double yellow lines, as these mean that you are strictly prohibited from parking there. You can typically find these spots, marked with yellow paint, in front of garages, narrow streets, as well as the ends of streets.
Several private taxi services are operating in Malta, alongside the official Malta taxi service, running the white taxi service around the islands. With various taxi stands dotted around the island, including the Malta International Airport, Valletta, Sliema, and St. Julians, as well as popular tourist spots and hotels, you’ll be able to grab a cab in no time. Other than these designated pick-up points, white taxis in Malta can pick up passengers from anywhere except bus stops. Make sure you specify the number of passengers that will need a ride and the exact departure point and destination so that you can agree on a tariff with your driver.
Being an island, Malta also boasts various ferry rides that can take you from one spot to another in no time. The Malta to Gozo ferry is the most popular, travelling between both islands all year round. Operated by the Gozo Channel, it takes just 25 minutes to go from Cirkewwa, Malta, to Mgarr in Gozo. You can check out the schedule and fares on the company’s website.
Several harbour ferries also connect the capital city Valletta to popular spots such as Sliema and the stunning Three Cities. Not only will you be able to witness some breathtaking views on your commute, but you’re also likely to avoid all rush hour traffic by opting for one of these solutions. You can find more information on the Valletta Ferry Services website and browse through all the services available.
Stay in a central location to make the best out of your stay in Malta
There are many ways to get around the island—including the ones mentioned above, but others too. You’ll also find ride-hailing services such as Bolt, Cool, and eCabs. For a more cost-effective, healthy and green solution, rent a bike, scooter, or just walk!
Regardless of your preferred means of transport, choosing a central location to stay in means you can make the best out of your stay in Malta. 1926 Hotel & SPA is located in the bustling city of Sliema and offers its guests a luxurious, modern, and sustainable solution. Its ideal position means it’s also well-connected to the main attractions and the island’s secret spots through all the transport systems mentioned above—including a bus stop just metres away from the hotel—and much more.
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