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How do I get around Malta?

Malta is small in area, and in theory it shouldn’t take that long to get around the island; however, holding the title as the most densely populated country in Europe, you can expect the usual traffic congestion around Valletta during rush hour and along the coast roads on the weekend. There are basically two ways to get around the island:


Reaching all parts of the island, the majority of bus routes begin and end at the City Gate Bus Terminus just outside Valletta’s main gate. In most cases, this means to travel from one part of the island to another, you would have to return to Valletta and change.

Bus maps are available at the Public Transport Association office at the City Gate Bus Terminus and at tourist information offices. The Malta Public Transport website will help you get started. Fares are very inexpensive, but you may want to buy a bus pass with unlimited travel over a set number of days. These may be purchased at the ticket kiosks, on the bus for cash, or at the airport.

Rental Car

Obviously, the best way to get around the island and explore off the beaten path, a rental car is the way to go. All major rental companies are represented on Malta, and prices are reasonable. You will need a good map, as signposts can be hit or miss. Parking is often restricted. In Valletta and Mdina, for example, parking is only in lots outside the city walls. It’s always wise to ask your hotel upon booking if parking is available. Following British tradition, driving is on the left side of the road. Many car rental companies and hotels can arrange for chauffeur-driven vehicles.