Car Hire From Malta International Airport: All you need to know
Car hire agencies at Malta International Airport
Which agencies offer car hire at the airport?
The following companies offer car hire from Malta’s airport, with the bolded agencies having a physical desk on location (whereas the other, mostly smaller local agencies offer to deliver your car to the airport and allow you to drop it off in the car rental parking area on your return).
- Green Motion
- First Car Hire
- JS Car Hire
- Merlin Car Hire
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Which car hire agencies in Malta are best?
From personal experience some of the bigger international car hire agencies present in Malta, like Europcar and Hertz, provide a good level of service while Goldcar and Thrifty generally don’t get great reviews and are the exceptions in my opinion. The local option at the airport (First Car Hire) is “decent” at best if you find a good offer but service provided is bare basics I’ve not had a good experience dealing with a few of their representatives. Reviews from others suggests that, although sometimes a little more expensive some of the smaller local agencies provide the best service, although I can’t personally vouch for that.
Generally speaking, agencies operating in Malta have a good reputation and it’s not common to hear of customers being cheated one way or another. Having said that, as with all car hire companies worldwide, you need to pay attention to the small print on fuel policy, CDW and insurance excess charges as well as carefully checking the condition of the vehicle provided before you sign off with the representative you’re dealing with. You can get more tips on renting a car in Malta here.
Where can I find car rental agencies at the airport?
Car rental agency desks can be found in the arrivals hall of Malta International Airport. As you exit the customs area after you’ve left the baggage hall, you can find them to your left at a stone’s throw away. (Malta’s airport is pretty small and the Arrivals part is literally one large hall so it’s almost impossible to get lost.)
Where do I pick up and return my rental car?
The rental car park is located right opposite the large parking area outside the airport. It’s a short 5-minute walk away and it’s a relatively small area so your car should be pretty easy to find.
You can return your car at the same location and drop off the key at the agents’ booth on location (where you’ll find a single booth for all agencies).
Getting to the parking area is pretty straightforward. You can set your GPS to take you to Malta International Airport and just follow these steps:
- Coming from Valletta, once you get to the large roundabout right outside the airport, take the exit heading to Hal Far (2nd exit) and keep left straight after you exit the roundabout.
- You’ll end up on a two-lane road descending down to a small tunnel. Stick to the left lane.
- After you pass through the tunnel just keep left and once you pass the first bend the car rental parking area entrance is to your left.
- Missed the turn? Not a problem. The main road at the airport runs all the way around the main parking area so just keep following the turns all the way around (ignore any exit signs) and you’ll come right back around. Always remember to stick to the left lane.
Where can I find the nearest petrol station?
If your car rental agreement is based on a Full-to-full fuel policy, you’ll be cheaper off filling up your tank right before you return your car (thereby avoiding a fuel top up charge and exorbitant fuel prices charged by agencies).
The nearest petrol station is located just outside of the airport’s parking area next to the local McDonald’s and Sky Parks office block. If you drive from the direction of Valletta to the airport, you’ll get to the large roundabout nearby. Take the 3rd exit in the direction of Zurrieq and Kirkop and it’ll be on your left.
Once you’ve topped up your tank, you can get to the ring road just outside the airport and drop off your car at the car rental parking quite easily.