Wondering how to travel around Malta if you don't yet have a car? Here is an overview of the country's transport network.
When moving to Malta, traveling will, with no doubt, be an essential part of your everyday life. Indeed, whether you are working or you have retired in the country, you will be moving around alone or with your family. You can thus choose from different means of transport, namely the bus, ferry, taxi and the airplane. In fact, local authorities have set up an elaborate transport system so as to ease traveling among the population, including expatriates.
The bus network consist of not less than 80 lines which can take you anywhere you want, especially on the main island of Malta and in Gozo. Indeed, the bus is the most efficient and the cheapest means of transport in Malta. Moreover, buses are regular and punctual.
You will perhaps prefer to travel by taxi when you are in a hurry or if you wish to travel more freely with your family. There are two types of taxis in Malta: black taxis which are cheaper and white taxis which are more numerous. Advance booking is possible when hiring black taxis. In both cases, make sure to negotiate the fare with the driver before starting, unless you are traveling from their airport. In this case, the fare is fixed.
But beware! Traveling regularly by taxi can be quite expensive on the long run.
Like all European countries, Malta also has a developed air network. The country even has an international airport which is served by not less than 27 airline companies. Moreover, Gozo has its own heliport.
You can make a 20 minutes trip from Malta to Gozo by ferry. For sightseeing, you might as well opt for the dghajsa which is a traditional boat that can take you to Comino and Gozo.
Expat.com – Transports in Malta Forum
Transport Malta www.transport.gov.mt
Malta Public Transport www.publictransport.com.mt
Gozo Channel www.gozochannel.com
Valletta Ferry Services www.vallettaferryservices.com
Malta International Airport www.maltairport.com