Travelling around Malta

transport in Malta
Updated 2020-05-07 10:09

When moving to Malta, travelling will undoubtedly be an essential part of your everyday life. Indeed, whether you are working, or you have retired in the country, you will want to access other parts of the island for work or leisure. There are several means of transport to choose from, namely by bus, ferry, taxi, and airplane. In fact, local authorities have set up an elaborate transport system to ease travelling among the population, including expatriates.

Travelling by bus in Malta

The Maltese bus network consists of no less than 80 lines which can take you anywhere you want, especially on the main island of Malta and in Gozo. Most of the villages and cities have multiple bus line options to connect to other popular areas.

Keep in mind, however, that while Malta might be a small island, it can take quite a while to traverse. It takes even longer by bus given the frequency of stops. There are Malta Public Transport offices in Valletta, Bugibba, Sliema, St. Julians, Victoria (Gozo), as well as at the Mater Dei Hospital and at the airport.

Traveling by bus can certainly be an option depending upon the location of your home and the type of commute you can do from there if you're working.


You will perhaps prefer to travel by taxi when you are in a hurry, at night, or if you wish to travel more freely with your family.

In the last few years, the number of taxis has increased. The white taxis are in the majority, but their services are slightly more expensive than the other taxis. The black taxis, also called “eCabs”, are cheaper than the white taxis. Also “Bolt” and “Cool” Taxis are a good alternative to the white and black taxis.

Advance booking is possible when hiring eCabs or Bolt taxis. The price for the desired route can be easily compared in the respective taxi app. In case you do not want to download the app, you can go to the eCabs counter at the airport and find out more. In this case, the fare is fixed and there are multiple transfer options from there.

Traveling to Malta by airplane

Like all European countries, Malta has a developed air network. The country has an international airport that is served by 27 airline companies. Gozo has its own heliport, although most tourists and residents will, of course, utilise the international airport on Malta and then travel to Gozo by ferry.

Good to know:

The airport is in Luqa, which is in the southern central part of Malta.

Travelling in Malta by boat

A large vehicle ferry connects Malta and Gozo, with the brief 25-minute crossing being made throughout the day to facilitate the many passengers ' including commuters. There is also a ferry from the Sliema Waterfront to Valletta, which carries passengers between the two very popular areas by the most direct route. Finally, there is a ferry service between the Valletta Waterfront and Birgu/Vittoriosa, which is one of the famous Three Cities.

There are ample boat tours you could take, as well as hiring your own boat for a day or longer. This is especially popular in the summer months among tourists. If you move to Malta, you will inevitably have friends and family come to visit, so it's a good idea to save these types of trips to do with them.

Useful links:

Transport Malta
Malta Public Transport
Gozo Channel
Valletta Ferry Services
Malta International Airport
Bolt Taxi

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