Being a small island, Malta doesn’t need high speed trains or have multi-lane highways. The only forms of Public Transport are buses, taxis, and ferries. There was once a railway line with six stations running between Valletta and Mtarfa, but that ceased operations in 1931.
There are two regular ferry services in operation, one from Valletta to Sliema and the other between Gozo and Malta, berthing at Cirkewwa and a limited service to Sa Maison, near Valletta on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
There are several private taxi firms on the island, but private taxis have to be booked, they cannot pick up passengers hailing a ride at the side of the road. You should always get a quote for the fare at the time of booking. Public taxis are white and run on meters. These don’t have to be booked in advance, and there are plenty of these waiting at the airport, near the bus station in Valletta and at larger hotels. These white taxis can, however, be comparatively expensive. Some taxi drivers in Malta have a reputation for their risky, high speed driving and some passengers have reported a “white knuckle ride” to their destination.
The most popular form of public transport in Malta is the bus service. From the main bus terminus by the Tritons Fountain in Valletta, you can catch a bus to every locality in Malta. People also hire transport services, if they’re travelling in groups, or they’re moving items. There are two smaller bus terminals in Qawra/Bugibba and in Paceville. Buses are painted red and yellow (in Gozo, they are maroon and grey), and each route carries a different number. Fares are cheap, usually 47cents for a short trip, but the vehicles don’t have air-conditioning and the drivers can come across as surly and rude. There are also limited night bus services which tend to run on weekends in the summer months to and from the Paceville terminus.
For further details about the Malta public transport, bus routes, fares and timings, contact Transport Malta on:
Tel: +356 25608000
Fax: +356 21255740