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Getting Here and Around Malta

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About Getting Around on These Islands

Getting here and around Malta is a useful page full of hints on every type of transport available.

It is a popular tourist destination and is one of the safest countries to travel to and live in.

Maltese and English are both vastly spoken across the island making it easy to communicate and get around. With its warm climate, numerous recreational areas, and architectural and historical monuments, there is definitely a lot to see and do across Malta and Gozo.

Arriving Here By Plane

As we are in the centre of the Mediterranean it is the best to travel by plane to Luqa airport in Malta.

Sicily is the closest island to Malta and from Catania the flight takes around 30 minutes.

Many offers on airlines are available. Link to our page to see the various airlines that operated from Europe and from other continents to Malta International Airport.

From Sicily to Malta By Boat

From Sicily there is a ferry service connecting Pozzallo with Malta and vice-versa which takes 1 hour 45 minutes. It is operated by Virtu Ferries a local Maltese company with a very fast catamaran.

It is mostly used by Maltese and tourists to cross overland through Italy, Sicily and Malta and back up again to central Europe.

There is no catamaran service between Pozzallo and Catania but the company organizes a coach transfer for both ways on each Friday, Saturday and Sunday taking two hours.

From Malta to Gozo by Ferry

There are three ferry boats for passengers and vehicle that offer a service from Malta to Gozo which operates daily all year round 24 hours a day.

Crossings to Comino

There is a daily schedule during the main summer months. During winter there is no schedule first of all as there will be no demand for travel, Comino hotel is closed and there are only four inhabitants on the island.

If the weather is fine and there are tourists who wish to visit the island this can be arranged. Have a look at the services provider.

Ongoing transport connections to Comino during peak summer:

Ferry - Sliema, Valletta & Birgu/Bormla/Isla

The service is operated on a daily regular basis and is affordable to take you around saving you time from traffic congestion. The service operates between Sliema and Valletta and Valletta to the three cities namely Birgu (Vittoriosa), Bormla (Cospicua) and Isla (Senglea).

Malta Car Hire

If you intends renting a car you can pre-book it through the various internet sites. On arrival at the Malta International Airport, you can get keys and information from the vehicle rental desks in the arrivals lounge.

On the other hand, if you haven’t made any arrangements but want to rent a car in Malta, you can still book it at the arrival lounge.

When it comes to departing from Malta, simply leave the keys in a deposit box located in the Departure lounge next to the car-rental booths.

Here we drive on the left like the British, the Irish, and Cyprus. Getting around in Malta is very easy.

Malta Taxi

Taxis are not cheap but most of the companies have now established fixed rates for the most important locations. Wherever you are you can call for a taxi which takes you where you wish.

Malta Public Transport

When visiting Malta you can also take the Malta Public transport. This operates around between 5.30 and 23.00. There are 80 different routes you can take. The major hubs to catch the buses are from:

Terminus:

- Valletta (Main Bus Terminus)
- Bugibba
- Rabat
- Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal
- Mater Dei Hospital (Main Hospital)
- Malta International Airport

Park and Rides:

- Qormi P+R
- Pembroke P+R
- Marsa P+R


Univeristy of Malta
Sliema Ferries
St. Julians
Victoria Gozo

In Gozo there are 15 main routes which all converge to the centre of the island Victoria bus terminus.

If you see the “X” sign these operate from certain stops and function to and from the airport only.

All Transport in Gozo

Same like the Malta public transport buses are used to get around in Gozo and so it is easy to get around to see the main attractions, and get to the beaches. Link to Gozo bus schedule LINL

Taxis are also available from near the Gozo ferry although you would have come to Gozo either by rented car, an organized tour or with the public transport buses which are very efficient and provide a good service.

The hop-on hop-off is another very good alternative for a small island like Gozo.

NextBike

If you are interested to rent a bike whilst in Malta, there is the international company NextBike.

The localities you find this are Swieqi, St. Julians, Sliema, San Gwann, Mater Dei Hospital, University of Malta and Pembroke.  The following link will help you:

Prices:

- Pay as you go: 

First 30 min - €1.50
Every Additional 30 min - €1
24 Hours - €16

- Membership Options:

First 30 min - FREE
Every Additional 30 min - €0.50
24 Hours - €8

Annual - €80
Quarterly - €30
Monthly - €20
Weekly - €12

Malta shore excursions

Various companies offer bus tours.These might be already be included with your holiday package. You will find available booklets advertising tours which will enhance your holiday. They include local Maltese feasts, cultural tours, d Malta by day and also one day tours to Gozo, and their historical location

Malta Hop-On, Hop-Off Buses

If you do not wish to rent a car you can easily use the Hop-On Hop-Of to visit the island. It is an excellent service that offers different routes which includes the main important aspects of all Maltese culture.

Booking is through the hotel reception desk or the Hop-On Hop-Off company representatives. It is very easy to come across representatives in the main areas of the island where you will find them selling tickets.  Main pick up areas can be St. Julian’s, Sliema and Gzira. There is no need for pre-booking.

Horse Drawn Carriage

Today the horse driven cab is only to take tourists on tours around Valletta and Mdina and another few choice localities. It is one of the oldest traditions. A pretty sight when you visit Mdina and see tourists being horse driven through the beautiful streets of Mdina. A truly picturesque sight. Take a photo and it will remain as a wonderful memory of Malta.

You find the karozzin.  The popular areas such as Valletta, Sliema, St. Julians, Rabat, Bugibba and Qawra.  Always ask the prices before you embark and make sure they don’t take any advantage as you being a tourist.

Water taxi

The water taxi running between Sliema and Valletta is very popular with the locals and the foreigners as it is quick and cheap. Also provides between Valletta and the historic towns of Senglea, Vittoriosa and Birgu.

Renting of Bikes & Bicycles

The vast natural landscape on the island offers you the opportunity to experience time to cycle and bike around. You will be amazed what a variety of beautiful landscapes Malta can offer you.

We advice you to be careful while riding a bicycle as most of the roads does not have a bicycle lane.

Renting of bikes from:

- Malta Bookers
181, Conception Street, Msida | +356 9985 9706
www.maltabookers.com

- Medsun Ltd Car & Scooter Hire St. Julian's
Dr. George Olivier Street, Spinola Bay, St. Julians | +356 2137 8711
www.maltamedsun.com

- EcoBikes Malta
8, Triq L-Imsell Bugibba | +356 2750 0022 & +356 9947 1627
www.ecobikesmalta.com

- Gozo Adventures
7, Triq Sant Indrija, Victoria | +356 9999 4689 & +356 9999 4592
www.gozoadventures.com

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