Here we will explain the various options Malta offersas transport. Remember that although the islands are small, the distances are greater than they seem as we told you in our BASIC TIPS.
-Public transport is managed by ALSA (Leonesa company). The average wait between buses is 20-30 minutes and, although in the most touristic areas they usually pass more often, they may come full and you have to wait for the next one. They also have a lot of stops and turns, so if you’ve thought about moving by public transport, keep in mind that fluency isn’t going to be the general rule, so take it in a good mood and remember that if it’s annoying for you, imagine the people taking it daily.
If you are not a patient person or someone who enjoys the trip and what you want is to get to the sites as soon as possible or if your thing is improvising, below we give you recommendations for you; rent a car, take taxis (the easiest thing is to order them through the mobile with apps like Taxigo, Bolt, ecabs or cool), order the services of tourism professionals like us, which will make your trip easier, making you pay a small extra more.
For those of you who remain convinced that public transport is your thing, suggest that you get a voucher suitable for your needs (sold at the airport) and that you plan your trips well with https://www.publictransport.com.mt/ where you will find all the information about prices, line routes, weekly bonuses/cards, monthly, etc., etc.
As you can see the buses finish their routes early and there are only night busses on weekends (and they are not very reliable), so if you come on a free tour with fixed time, and afterwads you decide to go out for dinner or walk around you should get the phone number or app of a taxi company in case there are delays or complications.
On Sundays and public holidays the frequency of buses decreases.
Bus tickets last two hours, so in that time you can change routes. Daytime tickets are not valid for nightly services (even if it is within two hours of use).
-A very good option is to hire excursions, which will move you around the island comfortably and also provide you with an official guide. It is the perfect choice if you want to get to know the island in a few days and really understand its history and artistic richness, in addition to seeing things that go unnoticed and that we find “rare”.
We recommend you to visit our Packs and Excursions and that you compare prices realistically, since sometimes an excursion seems expensive, but if we account for how much the total will be (tickets, food, transport…) it turns out that we are paying just little more to take away a lot of worries and enjoy what we see.
– For those who are thinking of renting a car it is not enough to know that in Malta you drive on the left, you also have to know that driving in Malta is something else (with the lack of indicator use and the little knowlegde on sharing the road with bikes). That’s why we do NOT recommend renting a motorbike, but a car instead. In addition, roads are not always ideal. On the other hand, if you have a lot of experience, motorbikes will save you traffic. But we insist: beware, especially with the other drivers.
Speeds in Malta are low (no roads more than 80km/h), and eye to signals with a camera, which indicate the presence of radars.
To rent cars or motorbikes in Malta there are no secrets: internet search engines, local companies… The important thing is that you rent insurance at all risk or franchise and confirm that it covers all or almost everything (windows and wheels are not usually included) and seek full-filled deposit policy.
There are also several options of motorcycle and electric car apps that, in addition to greener, provide interesting options, such as being able to rent vehicles per minute/hour and be able to park it easily once you arrive at the destination in reserved places.
-Taxis in Malta are totally white and do not work as we are used to. Normally you don’t see free taxis on the streets and if they are they don’t usually pick up customers. To take it you have to look for a taxi stop and note that taxis do not have a meter: the price is negotiated before leaving. There are points (airport, Valletta entrance, Paceville) where you will see a shed where you can hire the service with fixed prices. You pay for it there and they call the cab.
The other option is the private taxis of various companies, which can not pick you up on the street if you have not previously contracted the service in their app. As we said before, you hire them from the app and usually give them a fairly accurate estimated price once you tell them where you’re going and where.
With taxis it is important to know how they work, as there are many options. Some, for example, are “shared” taxis, so in addition to going with strangers, you might deviate from the route to pick up or drop off other customers…
-Finally, this being an island, there are several ferries and maritime taxis. The most popular are those of Gozo and Comino (we talk about it other tabs), but there are also from Valletta to Sliema and the 3 Cities. If you visit their pages they give you schedules and prices, and they usually have much more reliable schedules than buses, in addition to making the journey more pleasant. But you can already see that these are counted cases so you will have to combine them with the options given above.