| Car Rentals in Malta|
177 Triq it-Torri, Sliema
tel. 69 10 07
113 Triq Gorg Borg Olivier Mellieha
tel. 52 36 76
24 Triq iz-Xatt, Mgar, Gozo|
tel. 56 49 86
Triq San Andrija,
tel. 37 04 52/2
10 Triq San Frangisk, Sliema|
tel. 34 69 21
Transport » Getting around Malta|
Travelling by Bus
Malta's Buses are a tourist attraction for it selves.
Many of them are classic Bedfords, Thames, Leylands and AECs dating from the 1950s, '60s and '70s, brightly painted in a livery of yellow, white and orange.
Although the old buses are undeniably picturesque, they can be also noisy and uncomfortable, with clattering diesel engines and creaky-squeky suspension that can rattle the fillings out of your teeth.
On Malta, almost all bus routes originate from the City Gate Bus Terminus in Valletta and radiate to all parts of the island, which makes certain cross-country journeys a little inconvenient,
as you have to travel via Valletta.
There are also a few direct services (eg, from Sliema and Bugibba to Cirkewwa and Mdina) that do not go through Valletta.
Fares range from 15c to 40c depending on route and distance. Late night buses (after 11 pm) cost 50c.
On Gozo, all the bus routes are circular, starting and finishing at the Victoria Bus Terminal. They are less frequent, and teh flat fare is 10c.
Car & Motorcycle
The Maltese love theis cars. On weekends they take to the road en masse, visiting friends and family or heading for the beach or a favourite picnic site.
This means that there is ofthen serious congestion on the roads around Valletta, Sliema and St Julians. Friday and Saturday night in Paceville is one big traffic jam.
The price of fuel is set by the goverment, and is currently 32c a litre for both leaded and unleaded petrol, and 12.5c a litre for diesel (called kerosene in Malta).
Petrol stations are generally open 7 am to 7 pm Monday to Saturday, though some close at 5.30 pm in winter. Most are closed on Sunday and public holidays.
Car rental rates in Malta are among the lowest in Europe, and hiring a car allows you to see a lot of the island if your time is limited. If you hire a car on Malta, you can
take it over to Gozo on the ferry without the problem. However, rental rates on Gozo are lower, and there is also the cost of a ferry ticket for the car to consider (Lm4 return).
High season rates for a Group A vehicle range from 70Lm a week, includin unlimeted mileage, personal accident insurance, collision damage waiver and theft protection insurance.
The age limit for rental drivers is generally 21 to 70.
note: like the British, the Maltese drive on the left. Speed limits are 65km/h on main roads, and 40km/h in residental areas.
The Gozo Chanel Co Ltd
Head office at Xatt It-Tbien, Sa Maison, Floriana
tel. 24 39 64
It runs the regular ro-ro car ferry service between Malta and Gozo.
The horse-drawn cab sector is not liberalised. Steps are being taken to organise this sector and to ensure the better safety of both cab drivers and passengers.
The karozzin used to be the most commonly used means of transport before the advent of motortised vehicles.
It has now become an integrated aspect of Malta's culture heritage and is very commonly used by tourists for leisurely rides along Malta's towns and villages.