Malta: Local Travel Info
A Microcosm of the Mediterranean
Internal Flights and major international airports in Malta
Malta is served by one airport - Malta International airport
Getting to and from the airport in Malta
If you have booked a package holiday, you will be transported by coach. If you are travelling to Malta independently you will be able to book or pre-book a taxi or mini-bus service. Malta International Airport is located 3 miles southwest of the capital Valletta.
Travel Costs in Malta
Bus fares are very cheap and even the longest ride across the island costs less than €1.30; the only catch is that almost all buses radiate out from Valletta, so you may have to detour back to the capital to reach your next destination. Taxis are more expensive - around €12 for short trips and a trip across the island should not be much more than €30.
Renting cars in Malta
Renting a car in Malta is a great way to see the island, since it is cheap and driving conditions have improved greatly in the last few years. Renting your own car in Malta allows you to make a lot more of your trip and discover its many hidden charms. It is always best to pre-book your car rental for Malta online as this works out cheaper than booking when you arrive. Malta has fairly low rates for car rental. Any driver and additional drivers must take with them their driving licenses in order to be covered for by the insurances provided by the local car rental supplier.
Rules for renting cars in Malta
To rent a car in Malta you must be at least 21 years old and have held your license for at least 2 years. Drivers under the age of 25 may incur a young driver surcharge. The maximum rental age for rentals is 70 years. Child seats are not mandatory on Malta. Speed limits in Malta are: City 25mph/40kph; Open Roads 40mph/64kph. Traffic travels on the left and passing is only allowed on the right. There are no toll highways on Malta. Parking meters line the major streets of Malta and are valid for 1 to 2 hours of parking.
Buses in Malta
Travelling by bus in Malta is a unique experience, with its wonderfully antiquated public bus system consisting of 1950s-era exports from Britain. Fares are very cheap but the only negative point is that almost all buses radiate out from Valletta, so you may have to detour back to the capital to reach your next destination. The smouldering heat may make travelling on Malta buses uncomfortable but most journeys should only take around 20 minutes. A typical bus fare is €0.47 so it is best to be ready with reasonable change when getting on a bus in Malta.
Cycling in Malta
Renting a bicycle in Malta during the hot summer months is not advisable unless you are physically prepared to cycle in very hot climes. Spring time (March, April, May) and Autumn (Mid September till mid December) are the best times. Malta is full of hills, so cycling can be tough and challenging. The only reason you may have to rent a bicycle is to travel around the country side. Bicycles in Valletta are a rarity and in most cities in Malta it is too hectic to cycle so there are no bicycle lanes. But exploring the North and the West of Malta by bike is a great experience - you will find many kilometres of rarely used country side roads; some of these are flat, some go down and some go up! It is advised that when cycling in Malta you avoid the main roads and stick to the quiet ones. And don't forget that in Malta you drive on the left.