Road trafficThe Maltese road network is made up of about 1400 km of generally narrow and tortuous streets. Driving is on the left, like in Great Britain. Bus a Malta The majority of crossroads is organised in roundabouts, where the driver must give way to whom is rotating. Malta has the unpleasant record of country with more incidents, therefore utmost prudence and care are necessary when driving.
Bus lineThe often unpolite and peevish character of Malta bus drivers doesn’t spoil the pleasant and joyful atmosphere which you can find on board of these old buses. Buses in Malta, in fact, are an integral part of the landscape and the local folklore. They are all provided with one single entry, next to the driver, which remains open even when the bus is in motion. Tickets can be purchased on board by the driver.
To get off, you must draw a little rope which activates a bell. All buses terminate in Valletta, near the Triton Fountain. Buses in Malta are yellow with an orange stripe in the middle, while in Gozo they are grey with a red stripe. Bus service operates until 21 pm, some lines until 23.00 pm. In summer there are also night buses operating all night long in the main tourist locations. Basically every corner of the island can be reached by bus. For info on timetables, costs and itineraries, visit the tourist office inValletta, behind the main station, where some brochures are available.
TaxiTaxis are very expensive in Malta. All taxis must respect the parameters established by the government, however, you’d better ask the price before getting on. In the main tourist locations there are always free taxis available, at any time. The official taxis are white, provided with taximeter, but there are also private taxis managed by local companies.
Costs may vary according to time of use. For any info you can turn to the Public Transport Authority, tel. 21438475.
FerryA ferry service is available for transfers between Malta and Gozo, both for passengers and vehicles. This service is run by the Gozo Channel Company (www.gozochannel.com). Ferry boats leave from alletta and Cirkewwa. There are 3 different tariffs available: one for Gozo population, one for Maltese people, and one for tourists. They are all quite cheap. From Valletta, Sliema and Bugibba also leave some hydrofoils to explore the islands, while ferry boats connect Silema with Valletta. Numerous tours are organised by the company Captain Morgan Cruises (www.captainmorgan.com.mt), which owns a fleet of hydrofoils, boats, planes and jeeps.
Comino can be reached from the port of Cirkewwa with private companies.
KarrozzinThis is the typical wooden carriage led by horses, which is used for excursions.
Distances between the main cities:
- Valletta – St. Paul’s Bay – 17 Km
- valletta Victoria- 38km
- Valletta – Mosta – 9 Km
- Valletta – Mellieha – 23 Km
- The longest distance to cross the island takes about 45 minutes.