hop on the gozo fast ferry

valletta to gozo in less than 45 minutes

Date Uploaded: 1st November 2021

The Gozo Fast Ferry is another option for getting to Gozo. Ferries are operated directly from Valletta Malta to Mgarr Harbour Gozo. Two different companies operate this journey, Gozo Fast Ferry and Virtu Ferries Gozo.

In addition to this ferry, there is also the Gozo Channel, which offers a similar service. This service can be taken from Cirkewwa in the north of the island. The Gozo Channel allows you to drive your car from Malta to Gozo.

What You Need to Know About the Malta Ferry to Gozo

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Facts about the Gozo Fast Ferry

  • The ferry is operational 365 days a year.
  • The trip between the islands is about 45 minutes each way.
  • It is not possible to board the ferry with a car, van, truck, motorbike or rented car.
  • For crossing from one island to another, you do not need a passport or visa.

Gozo Fast Ferry Service

Gozo Fast Ferry is one of two companies that provide services between Valletta and Gozo. There are two state-of-the-art high speed passenger craft that can accommodate 300 passengers and measure 39m in length. They also have a VIP section.

tickets to take the ferry

Ticket purchases can be made through the Gozo Fast ferry website, their mobile application, Tallinja card or from the terminal before boarding the ferry.

To download their mobile app click one of these links - Google Play Store (Android) | Apple App Store (IOS).

Click here to see full prices for the trip.

Standard fares

  • Adults: €9.99
  • Child (Age 4 to 10 both included): €5.99
  • Gozo Resident: €4.50
  • Kartanzjan / Maltese 60+ Identity Card holders and holders of a Disability Card: €3.99

last-minute fare at ferry

  • Adults: €12
  • Child (Age 4 to 10 both included): €6
  • Gozo Resident: €4.50
  • Kartanzjan / Maltese 60+ Identity Card holders and holders of a Disability Card: €3.99

tallinja card fares

  • Infants up to 4 years: Free
  • Tallinja Child Card (Yellow): €3.99
  • Tallinja Student Card (Red): €7.99
  • Tallinja Adult Card (Green): €7.99
  • Tallinja Concession Card (Blue): €3.99
  • Tallinja Gozo Residents Card (Purple): €4.50

gozo fast ferry schedule

You can check the schedule to see what time the ferries leaves the terminal. It is recommended that you check the Facebook page for live service announcements.

  • Click here to check the schedule of the Gozo fast ferry.
  • For constant updates and changes to the schedule click here to go to their Facebook page.

conditions by the company

onboard services

  • A selection of beverages and snacks are available.

check-in conditions

  • The carrier expects you to arrive at the check-in area and boarding area in advance of the time specified by the carrier to allow for any checking's.

pets on board the ferry

  • Pets such as dogs, cats, household birds, and other animals may be accepted for transportation, with our prior approval.
  • All animals must be under the complete and total responsibility of the Passenger for their carriage.
  • Injuries to, death of, or loss of such animals are not the company's responsibility.

bicycles and scooters

  • Bicycles and kick scooters are permitted on the ferries.
  • That includes electric bicycles, referred to as pedelectric bikes.
  • Nine bicycles can be taken on board at any one time, so for that reason, we suggest you purchase your tickets in advance and reserve a bike rack.
  • Taking your bicycle onboard is free of charge.
  • No motorbikes and other vehicles are permitted on board.

dangerous items

  • Any dangerous goods cannot be transported on the ferries. Among these are explosives and flammable substances, toxic and radioactive materials, pollutants, and fireworks.

If you would like to read further about the conditions mentioned above click here.

Virtu Ferries Gozo Service

Virtual Ferries Gozo also provides ferry service between Valletta and Gozo. Each trip takes 45 minutes. Learn more about this company below.

tickets to take the ferry

Virtu Ferries Gozo offers online ticket purchasing, the Tallinja card, and at the terminal before boarding.

View full rates on the Virtu Ferries Gozo website.

Standard fares

  • Adults: €12
  • Gozo Resident: €4.50
  • Child (Age 4 to 10 both included): €6
  • Children Gozo Resident: €3.50
  • Seniors and Disability Card Holders: €4
  • Infants: Free

tallinja card fares

  • Infants up to 3 years: Free
  • Tallinja Child Card (Yellow): €3.50
  • Tallinja Student Card (Red): €7.50
  • Tallinja Adult Card (Green): €7.50
  • Tallinja Concession Card (Blue): €3.50
  • Tallinja Gozo Residents Card (Purple): €4.50

virtu ferries gozo schedule

Find out what time the ferries departs from the terminal by checking the schedule.

  • Click here to check the schedule of the Virtu Ferries Gozo.
  • Check out their Facebook for any updates.

Conditions By The Company

services onboard

  • A variety of cold and hot drinks are served as well as some small snacks.

check-in conditions

  • Ferries leave on time (sharp) at the scheduled departure time.
  • It is recommended that you check in 15-20 minutes prior to the departure time.

baggage

  • You can only carry one piece of personal baggage with you at a time.
  • The crew will direct you where to store this on the vessel.
  • You may also bring one additional hand luggage piece on board.
  • Click here for luggage size information.

pets on board the ferry

  • Up to two pets may travel on the ferry, and pet owners can stay in the pet-specific area (aft lounge).
  • When booking, passengers must indicate whether any pets will be traveling.
  • The company is not liable for the health, safety or wellbeing of pets during transportation.

bicycles and scooters

  • You can carry your bicycles and electric scooters on board for free. If you intend to travel with a bicycle or electric scooter, you must inform the company when you make your reservation.

dangerous items

  • It is strictly forbidden to carry any type of weapon, dangerous and / or illegal article, material or substance on board. 
  • The Company has the right to search passengers and their luggage for security purposes. In the event that a prohibited item is found in the Company's possession, we will fully cooperate with the appropriate authorities.

You can read more about the conditions mentioned above by clicking here.

The Fast Ferry Terminals

where in valletta do the ferries berth?

You can take the fast ferry between Malta and Gozo from Lascaris Wharf Terminal in the Grand Harbour outside the fortifications of Valletta. In just 3 minutes walk from this terminal is the Upper Barrakka lift, which leads to the Upper Barrakka Gardens within Valletta's perimeter, from which you can walk to any spot in the capital.  

where in gozo do the ferries berth?

In Mgarr harbour, next to the Gozo Channel terminal, you will find the fast ferry terminal. The ferry docks parallel to the large boats of the Gozo Channel. Next to the ferry berthing is a small room used as a terminal. The big terminal to the right of it is only used by passengers embarking on the Gozo ferry boat.

accessibility For both services

  • Both ferry companies operate the following accessibility services.
  • Passengers with mobility impairments, including wheelchair users, have full access to Lascaris Wharf Terminal Valletta and Mgarr Harbour Terminal.
  • Furthermore, all ferries have ramps so that wheelchair users and passengers with disabilities can board and arrive safely.
  • Getting to and from the terminals is also easily accessible for people with mobility impairments and also wheelchair users. These include all the buses, ferries and Barrakka lift.

How To Get To The Terminals

to the ferry terminal in valletta by bus

Closest bus stop to the terminal is called 'Lascaris'.

  • Route 133 - A circular bus that departs from Valletta bus terminus.
  • Route X133 - This route is for students that leaves from the Valletta bus terminus and goes directly to the ferry.
  • Route 150 - This is a direct route for MCAST students in Rahal Gdid that goes directly to the ferry in Valletta.
  • Route 300 - This route goes from the ferry terminal in Valletta to Mater Dei. In between there are several stops.

If you are coming from any other part of the island, we advise taking the bus from your village to Valletta, then taking the 133 directly to the terminal.

to the ferry terminal in mgarr Gozo by bus

  • Victoria/Rabat to Mgarr Harbour: 301, 303, 323
  • All routes that go to Mgarr: 301, 303, 322, 323, N301, TD30, TD31

Taking A Taxi

  • It is always possible to take a taxi to the terminals. The cost depends on where you are taking the taxi.

What Can I Do On The Island of Gozo

Gozo is a marvelous island to visit as there are plenty of things to do. it is much quieter than Malta and there is more greenery.

a few things to do in gozo

  • Beaches are one of the main highlights of the island especially Ramla L-Hamra.
  • Visit the villages of Xewkija, Nadur, Xlendi and Victoria also known as Rabat.
  • Tour the citadel which was once a inhabited city.
  • Go round the beautiful island with the sightseeing tour to see all the highlights of the island.
  • The village of Dwejra boats some spectacular views of the sea. Dwejra is home to the former Azure window that collapsed on 8th March 2017. After its collapse, the location still remained very recognised. Apart from the window, there are other things to see such as the Dwejra TowerFungus Rock and the Blue Hole that is very popular to divers.

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