Given Malta’s geography, commuting times within Malta are often negligible compared to most similar urban-style areas in continental Europe (although rush hour traffic can still be heavy at times). The island has a network of some 1,500 kilometres of roads, and an intensive programme of repair and upgrading is underway. The public transport system offers connections to all localities in Malta and Gozo. The network consists of buses, taxis and ferries. Malta has no rail or underground subway networks.
Malta Public Transport is the company that operates the bus services in Malta and Gozo. Bus services on the Maltese islands generally operate daily between 5:30 and 23:00hrs.
Route Information: There are a total of 80 different routes that link the different localities in Malta to either major hubs such as Valletta, Mater Dei Hospital and the Airport or to other destinations. Meanwhile 15 different routes operate in Gozo primarily from the central hub of Victoria Bus Station to various localities on the island. Generally, bus numbers that contain one or two digit (e.g., 1, 2, 3, ... 12... 34... 94) denote mainline routes that operate to and from Valletta from various localities. Express routes are designated with an "X". These routes have limited stops and operate to and from the Airport from different localities. Buses with a three digit number link different localities together. In most cases these routes do not serve Valletta, but might serve other interchanges such as University and Mater Dei Hospital.
Accessibility: Buses are all air-conditioned and of the low floor type making them fully accessible to persons with mobility impairments. Each bus has specifically designated seating for persons with mobility impairments, pregnant women, the elderly and persons carrying young children.
Bus Stops: Every bus stop has a pole with a flag displaying the name of the stop) and the locality. It also displays the route numbers that serve that stop. Timetables of the routes that serve that stop are also displayed. At major bus stops one will also find Geographical Maps illustrating the position of the bus stop and close landmarks together with street names and the fares applicable.
Time Tables: For information about timetables contact Malta Public Transport.
Gozo: A regular ferry service carries passengers and cars between Malta and Gozo. The trip takes about 20 minutes. For information and time-tables contact: The Gozo Channel Company
Comino: Visit the smallest of the three main islands, with no traffic and one hotel. Regular trips to and from Malta and Gozo to Comino are available. Captain Morgan Cruises, United Comino Ferries and Ebsons Comino Ferries offer a variety of boat trips and excursions to suit everybody's needs.
Grand Harbour: A & S Water Taxis operates a shuttle service from Valletta to Vittoriosa and Senglea using traditional Maltese boats.
Sicily: Virtu Ferries operate services from Malta to both Pozzallo and Catania.
The officially licenced white taxi service can pick up passengers from anywhere, except bus-stops. They operate mainly from the airport and taxi ranks located in the major centres such as Valletta, Sliema and St Julians. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff. It is always better to enquire and agree on a fare before you enter a licenced taxi as they can be expensive. There are a number of private companies offering taxi and chauffeur services that often provide better value for money.