Driving in Malta is dedicated to those persons coming for a holiday and intend on renting a car. It is important to learn some tips about driving. It is one of several ways of how to get around Malta.
As Malta is a small island, traffic is very heavy especially during rush hours which are usually early morning and late afternoon. One advantage Malta has that distances are short compared to other European countries. So driving in Malta should be enjoyed and will have ample time to do many activities.
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The quality of the road network has improved a lot during these last 25 years. In recent years EU funds have also been utilised to improve the main arterial road networks to a higher standard.
For the green and blue parking bays, you will recieve a fine if you park on them due to the fact that they are for limited people only. They are controlled by the Valletta Control Vehicular Access System (CVA).
The Control Vehicular Access system (CVA), used in Valletta, makes use of dedicated cameras that are installed at various points around Valletta to monitor the cars that are coming in and out. According to the time parked in Valletta the car driver pays a small fee depending on the number of hours parked.
Monday to Friday (08:00 to 18:00)
Driving can sometimes be very nerve racking due to the amount of traffic there is. Apart from that parking has now become more difficult than ever. But still, driving is what we do everyday and we go everywhere with our vehicle.
Being that Malta is very small, distances are short and you find lots of cars on the road, I would still recommend renting a car if your intentions are to visit many places that are difficult to reach by public transport or if you want to visit as much of Malta as possible in a short period of time.
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It is very easy to get lost here, even more if you do not know our island. If you get lost don't panic just find a safe spot where you can park and re-calibrate where you are. Do not cause chaos and stop in the middle of the road if you are driving and suddenly end up off course.
Make sure you carry with you a map, or download Google Maps on your mobile phone.
There are many road signs that are user-friendly and these will help you get around the island.
Most of the drivers in Malta are Maltese. This increases on a daily basis where the majority of the population (over 18 years) have a vehicle.
Unfortunately you find many Maltese who drive recklessly, so be on the lookout.
Indicators are something that many Maltese don't use, but they must be used so use them.
Malta has many roundabouts so be on the lookout as many drivers don't give way and also use indicators to advise drivers where you are going.
Even though we are small, you find lots of petrol stations (in fact too many). They are all available 24/7 where during the day you find attendants who will fill up your tank.
With the insane amount of cars increasing daily on the Maltese roads, traffic has come one of Malta's biggest challenges. Today rush hours do not really exist any more as traffic technically starts from around 06:00 till around 20:00. There will be gaps between those times where the traffic will die down.
With so many cars, parking has also become a challenge. But if you have patience you will definitely find.
Around the island you will find various speed cameras with different speed limits. Watch out for signs which will warn you about them.
Many people drive from Malta to Gozo on a daily basis. In this video, a local person drives from Valletta to Gozo. This video will give you a very good indication of the Maltese drivers and also of the type of roads on the island.
Video is by Marko Ignjatovic
If driving in Malta is not very essential for you, there are other ways how to travel around in island.
1. Public Transport: The only public transport system in Malta is the bus. The public transport is fairly easy to use.
2. Hop-On-Hop-Off: This service is very adequate if you want to go round the island and visit Malta's and Gozo's main sights.
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