Getting Around Malta - Mediterranean Holiday Destinations

The Maltese islands - Malta, Gozo, Comino and the uninhabited Cominetto and Filfla - cover a tiny 316 square kilometres 60 miles south of Sicily. Malta, the biggest, boasts a comprehensive bus service but water based transportation is also a big feature of life on these islands. The size of the Maltese Islands makes them pretty easy to get around and it's easy to hire everything from scooters and bikes to canoes, boats and jet skis.

By boat

Malta's ferries are a cheap and extremely popular way to travel between the islands. A regular ferry service run by the Gozo Channel Company moves between Cirkewwa on Malta and Mgarro on Gozo and can accommodate people and cars. The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes each way. Less frequent ferries also run between Malta and Gozo and the island of Comino, where cars aren't allowed.

By bus

Buses on Malta and Gozo are a good way to get around the islands, leaving from the terminus in each town. Bus rides around Malta particularly are cheap and no trip is longer than the 50 minutes it takes to cross the island.

All Malta buses only leave from and arrive at Valletta, but there are express routes which take in all of the island's popular resort areas. Concession tickets are available for purchase on Malta as three day, five day and seven day bus passes. On Gozo the island's grey and red buses are tied in with the timetables for inter-island ferries.

By taxi

All official Maltese taxis should be outfitted with meters and should charge regulated fares. There is a fixed rate for the taxi ride from Malta International Airport to all towns on the island.

The size of the Maltese Islands makes them pretty easy to get around and it's easy to hire everything from scooters and bikes to canoes, boats and jet skis.

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