The Malta public transport is a very well organised system for both the islands of Malta and Gozo that runs on fixed routes.
There are bus departures and arrivals to all the villages and towns. Most buses converge to a central Valletta terminus bring the main hub from where you can change to any bus going to other locations.
All main historical locations and beaches have their connections too, making it easy for everyone to reach them.
The Malta public transport is relatively efficient but it is not unusual that buses delay from arriving at bus stops due to traffic. There are times when they do not come at all.
We have used the public transport a lot where we had our good and bad times. But overall it was quite good.
Bus tickets are not that much expensive much cheaper than those in other European countries.
- The bus Tallinja cards are convenient and economical to use which you can buy for a fixed time frame purposely thought for tourists and locals. A weekly card gets you everywhere you want to go. See further details.
We have created an easy guide to help you get to your hotel easy from Malta International Airport.
If you will be staying in populated areas where there are many tourist accommodations like Valletta, Floriana, St Julian's, Paceville, St. George's Bay, Sliema, Gzira, Swieqi, Qawra, Bugibba, St. Paul's Bay and Mellieha, there are so many buses passing from these locations that you might be happy enough to use the public transport.
You can go to your accommodation from and to Malta International Airport with a public transport bus. There are special routes that pass in front or very close to hotels. You can view them here.
There are various bus terminus around the islands:
The only two times that the buses do not work is on Christmas Day and New Year's Day between 12:00 to 15:00. This has been done in order to give the workers in this sector to meet with their families for lunch.
For special occasions such as Joseph Calleja Concert, Isle of MTV, Tomorrowland, Notte Biance for which there are additional routes to accommodate people in late hours.
The day bus schedules start from as early as 05:30 till between 21:30 and 23:00 depending on the locality.
There is a night service which operates from 23:00 to 05:30 on limited routes. To see all night routes click here
There are peak times both in the morning and afternoon that due to lots of people going to work and school, buses will be full and roads will be congested and cause delays in the public transport.
Most bus routes end at 23:00 although there are a few night routes but with these you have to plan a lot and you will be limited where to go, although you can always use a taxi.
There are certain places and accommodation that is hard to reach by public transport.
If your are staying at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Golden Bay or Ramla Bay resort, where it is inhabited then you will require to rent a car if you want to be free or arrive at your accommodation late at night since the last bus is at 21:00.
It is best if you come over for your holiday and for a day or two you get the feel of the situation around you.
You can also catch the hop-on hop-off and get the feel of the islands, road, habited areas, rural and historical locations. We suggest you stay on the bus for the complete trip which takes around 3 hours depending on the time of the day due to traffic from Monday to Friday. During the weekends it is less busy but Saturday mornings, traffic is more dense in a central areas.
This will give you a good feel if you wish to rent a car. You must always think that by public transport trips are much longer and substantial time is lost, depending on how many things you wish to see and do during your holiday. Though the sightseeing buses takes you to all major important attractions to see.
If you are visiting Mdina you will not need to use a car since driving inside the city is only limited to residents and parking is difficult around the area therefore we recommend you use public transport.
If you are visiting Valletta you can drive through part of the roads in the city as there are several roads which are pedestrian, but parking is practically impossible since there is a lot of residential parking slots, many government departments, offices and shops which absorb the few parking spaces left in early morning. Outside Valletta bastions you find the terminus were all towns and village buses converge.
Regarding driving in Malta there are various opinions from
different people depending on everyone's character. Some say that the Maltese
are crazy on the roads, others say that they drive regularly and have never had
any problems although they admit that some of the driving is a bit strange but
speeds are quite low and if you take care there shouldn't be anything to worry.