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Getting around in Malta
Public transport in Malta is made up of a fleet of buses run by the the Malta Public Transport. The buses are air-conditioned and operate on all the mainline routes.
For further information on public transport in Malta please click
There is a white taxi service in Malta where you can be picked up from anywhere except a bus stop.
A special taxi service also operates from the airport on a 24-hour basis. You can find more information by clicking
A word of advice, it is always advisable to settle the rate before you start your trip.
Car and coach rentals
If you wish to do a lot of travelling to the farther reaches of the island, it is a good idea to rent a car. Road signs are mostly in English and people drive on the left in Malta. You can find major international brands and local car hires in both Malta and Gozo. You will be able to use an international and/or national driving licence.
If you wish to be driven around then there are also a number of companies that offer chauffeur-driven cars, minivans and coaches.
You can find a list of car rental companies
Malta’s changing landscape offers unique opportunities to the cyclist. The landscape changes from sandy sea views, to rocky beaches, mild hills, Mediterranean rubble walls and country views. You’ll also be able to find a good number of shops that sell cycling and sports gear dotted around the island.
Cycling for pleasure and fitness in the Maltese islands is gaining ground and lately a few cycle lanes have been also introduced.
For help with cycling in Malta, including ideas on routes to take, maps, directions places of interest and useful general information, click
You can find a list of bicycle rental companies
Ferries and water taxis
There is a regular ferry service that leaves from Cirkewwa in Malta and Mgarr in Gozo. The trip lasts about 20 minutes and you can travel with your car should you wish to. There is a café and a little shop on the ferry so you can have a snack and drink and buy some basics you may have forgotten such as sun block, shavers and perhaps shampoo and conditioner. During peak season – like Easter, certain public holidays and Carnival – the ferry runs on a shuttle service to avoid long queues and waiting time.
You can find more information and timetables by visiting the
Gozo Channel Company Website
There are regular trips between Malta, Gozo and Comino. The trip takes some 25 minutes to Comino.
You can also take a
round trip ferry service from Mġarr Harbour Gozo and from Ċirkewwa Malta (near the ferry) or Marfa to Comino Island / Blue Lagoon. Boats leave every hour (on the hour) on a daily basis, depending on the demand. The trip takes around 15 minutes.
Travel to the magnificent Grand Harbour in Valletta in style on a water taxi. There is a shuttle service from Valletta to Vittoriosa and Senglea or from Valletta to Sliema. Please click
for further information
Upper Barrakka Lift
This new lift was opened in December 2012 and links the Grand Harbour to the picturesque Upper Barrakka Gardens and Valletta city centre. It can be found on the original site where its predecessor, which was dismantled in 1983, operated between 1905 and 1973.
The lift is 58 metres high and can carry 21 people at a go. The journey takes around 25 seconds, making it the quickest way into the city from the Valletta Waterfront.
At nighttime the lift is beautifully lit so do try to give this a go during the evening too.