Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Tours

explore and discover the south of malta route

Malta bus tours is one of the best opportunities to see Malta southern area.

The Maltasightseeing hop on hop off offers a practical tour service linking all the popular spots.

The South/Red Tour starts from Sliema Ferries and these are the places you will be visiting.

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Boats parked on a ramp at Wied iz-Zurrieq Malta.

Information About The Tour

  • You can either have a ticket valid for 1 day or 2 days.
  • You can stop at any location, discover, then embark the bus again.
  • Audio commentary in 16 languages.
  • It operates seven days a week, every 30 minutes with 15 stopsClick here for the full timetable.
  • The tour operates from 09:00 to 15:00 leaving from Sliema.
  • There is a transport service from and to the northern areas (all major hotels in Marfa and Mellieha) in the morning and afternoon.
  • Included with the tour is a detailed map together with the route, stops and lines, as well as timetable and shuttle service.
  • The purchased ticket can be used for both the north and south tour. The Gozo and night tour is a separate ticket.

Which Languages are available?

During the tour, the audio guide is provided in 16 languages.

The languages are English, Maltese, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazilian) and Russian.

Facilities And Amenities You Should Know

  • There are buses that are wheelchair accessible.

What To Bring On Your Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Upon entering the bus, a map will be given to you which shows you the route, stops and locations you visit.

There are some things you might consider on getting with you:

  • Sunscreen: If you come to Malta in summer, the sun will be very strong. We recommend bring sunblock with you to protect you whilst on the bus and outside walking around.
  • Water: Bring water with you to stay hydrated.
  • Umbrella: Even though we have 300 days of sunshine, it can still rain. Also having an umbrella when it is sunny is good as it protects you from the sun.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: We highly recommend that you wear walking shoes as you will be walking around as you get down from the hop on hop off.

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How To Book The Sightseeing Tour

  • Firstly, select the date you will to book.
  • Enter 'maltainfoguide' in the coupon box to get a 5% discount.
  • Secondly, select the number of adults (€20), teens (€12), children (Free).
  • The sightseeing tour can be done on 2 days. Under Additional Services you can select the 2-day ticket which is an additional €17 per person for an adult and €10 for a child.
  • After you have selected the information, click confirm selection.
  • The next step is to fill up the form with your accommodation and personal details.
  • Choose your payment method.
  • Then click Book & Pay.

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People walking at Fort St. Elmo Malta.

Localities The Tour Visit

Departure from Sliema Ferries (Malta Bus Tours Terminus), located close to the bus stop of the Malta Public Transport buses and the boat tours departure area. A map of the itinerary will be distributed.


It is the heart of the business area and with a variety of shops with renowned international brands. Cafes and restaurants are open till late evening where people love to come here to meet up not least but also for walking and meet friends.

Most of the tourist cruises level from here to visit Gozo and the Blue Lagoon. The Valletta Ferry Service pier is here, and the public transport buses all stop at this point. of the Sliema Ferries.

Manoel Island (passing)

Manoel Island is named after the Portuguese Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena for the beautiful fortification he built to protect this part of the harbour in 1720s. If you have some time, it is nice to walk along the shoreline where it is partly accessible to observe the beauty of the location.

Msida Yacht Marina and Ta' Xbiex (passing)

Msida is a harbour town close to the capital city of Valletta. Originally it was a fishing village. By now it has been almost transformed, with hotels, businesses, shops and restaurants.

Msida Yacht Marina is a first class berthing facility within the creek of this town facing Manoel Island.

Valletta Bus Terminus

The Public Transport terminus lies outside the Valletta fortifications, where all the buses converge from all parts of Malta. The capital is a must see as it has many unique features. The Knights of St. John built this city in the baroque style, which was the architecture of the time.

Tarxien temples Malta.

Auberge de Castille & Upper Barrakka Gardens - Valletta

Today Auberge de Castille is the Office of the Prime Minister. It was built by the Knights of St. John of Castille. It is one of the finest auberges built in Valletta.

Situated close to this auberge are the Upper Barrakka Gardens St. James Cavalier and the Stock Exchange. At the gardens you can stroll around and see the breathtaking view of the harbour.

Valletta Grand Harbour

A drive around the Valletta bastions on the right side gives you the perspective of this natural Grand Harbour. It extends further down to Marsa and on the other side facing Valletta are the important towns of Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua. This natural harbour with so many creeks has played an important part during the last 2000 years of history from commerce, defense, battles till today becoming the maritime gateway and a continuous port-of-call for ships and cruises around the Mediterranean.

Fort St. Elmo - Valletta

This fort is at the tip of the Valletta peninsula. Due to the strategic location it was fortified since the punic era (c. 200 B.C). Today The National Wae Museum is located within this fort.

The National War Museum–Valletta

During World War II, Malta suffered hardships. During that time Malta were under the British rule. This museum is the memorial impersonating those hard years.

Mnajdra temples.

Mediterranean Conference Centre - Valletta

The Malta Bus Tours visits prominent buildings built by the Knights of Malta. This building was the Sacra Infermeria namely The Holy Infirmary. Built in 1574 it was the forefront in medical treatment at the time for all Europe. Today the place is a centre for conferences. It is here that The Malta Experience, the audio-visual show is screened.

Fort St. Angelo - Vittoriosa

Fort St. Angelo is a large fortified fort on a peninsula centrally located in the Grand Harbour and just in front of Valletta. A very strategic located already existed in the medieval period as a castle called Castrum Maris meaning a castle by the sea.

After the Order of St. John landed in Malta in 1530, knowing that the Ottoman Empire will attach them they immediately strengthened its fortifications which later on withstood the siege in 1565.

Valletta Waterfront

The historical 250-year-old warehouses within the Grand Harbour built by Grand Master Pinto were refurbished to accommodate the Valletta Waterfront. Large cruise ships enter port every week, becoming one of the most successful Mediterranean ports.

The waterfront also offers a mix of restaurants lined along the shoreline offering a mixture of foods attracting many patrons throughout the week, especially during the weekend.

Hal Saflieni Hypogeum - Paola

The underground Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum is a prehistoric burial site. It is a complex of three different levels, all cut from the natural rock forming different chambers. From remains hat were found on site it dates back around 4000 B.C. and was used up to 2500 B.C.

Visitors must book tickets from months before, as there is a limit of how many people can go inside. So if you intend visiting this site during your sightseeing tour, it is surely not possible. Read all about it here.

St. Lucian tower at Marsaxlokk village Malta.

Senglea Point

Senglea (in Maltese called L-Isla) a fortified city forming part of The Three cities with Cospicua and Vittoriosa. It played an important role during the great Siege of 1565 where it resisted the attacks by the Ottoman Empire and the Order of St. John named her Citta' Invicta (Unconquered City). The Grand Master Claude de la Sengle built this city and gave it part of his name.

Vittoriosa Waterfront

A complete revival of this area now hosting a string of restaurants, the Malta Maritime Museum and a yacht marina including a super-yacht quay, not to mention the old city scapes with old architecture and churches when once the Knights of Malta lived before the building of Valletta.

Vittoriosa in Maltese is Birgu.

Notre Dame Gate  - Vittoriosa (passing)

A splendid gate built in the baroque style at the boundary of the Cottonera fortification lines by the Knights of Malta in 1675. It is located at the highest point of the Cottonera area with an important purpose to relay signals from its roof top between Valletta and the coastal eastern defences of the island.

People in the Ghar Dalam cave Malta.

Zejtun Parish Church

Zejtun is one of the main villages in the south of Malta with a very rich architectural heritage. It is an experience to go round the village observing the daily life and old architecture.

Zejtun became a parish in 1436 where the present parish church was constructed between 1692 and 1728. Before this church St. Grergory's served as the parish church but since the population was growing the locals felt that a new church was required.

St. Gregory's Church Zejtun

It is the old parish church of Zejtun commonly known as St. Gregory. The original church built in 1436 but very little remains of the original building. Built in 1492 and served as a parish for the south of Malta. The present edifice built around the sixteenth century. For around three centuries it served all the south of Malta as a parish church.

The south-east transept is aligned in the direction of Marsaxlokk bay, St. Thomas bay and Marsaskala bay since many landings and attacks used to be launched from this direction towards Zejtun. So this church served also as a watch tower.

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village

A fishing village in the south of Malta sought after for the picturesque fishing boats and the general village area. A daily market, including fresh fish. Malta bus tour passing beside the waterfront, an opportunity to stop and enjoy your time.

Fort San Lucian–Marsaxlokk (passing)

Between Marsaxlokk and Birzebbugia a formidable fort stands on the edge of the short peninsula built by the Knights of Malta to protect the south natural harbour of Marsaxlokk and Birzebbugia. 

Today this building is used by the Malta Aquaculture Research Centre.

Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum - Birzebbugia

Located on the outskirts of Birzebbugia, the oldest caves on the island dating back 500,000 years holding extinct skeletons of animals and the oldest remains of how humans survived on these island a long time ago. Remains of dwarf elephants, hippopotamus, deer and bear bones were found.

The first evidence of human settlements where found dating 7400 years old.

Blue Grotto limits of Zurrieq

Natural caves visited every day by many tourists by a short boat trip to see the natural wonders of the underwater colour reflections.

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Hagar Qim & Mnajdra limits of Qrendi

Located close to each other, these monuments show the incredible strength and dedication to build these monuments.

Malta Falconry Centre limits of Siggiewi

It is the first falconry on the island in the natural landscape of Siggiewi. Trained birds of prey can be seen in their free environment.

The Limestone Heritage Park & Gardens - Siggiewi

Located in the village of Siggiewi, an innovative attraction within a very old limestone quarry showcasing the traditions of quarrying. How the Maltese have used their precious natural resort to construct Megalithic Temples, monuments, fortifications, palaces and houses. A worthy experience.

Malta bus tours returns to Sliema Ferries at the end of each tour.

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