Driving in Malta is seen as challenging at best by a lot of people, not least by the Maltese themselves.
My aim with this article is to give you some insight to what you can expect to find if you choose to hire a car for your holiday.
These are the biggest challenges you can encounter on Maltese roads:
Does that mean you should be discouraged from driving around in Malta?
My aim is to arm you with knowledge so that you’re prepared.
If you know what to expect and know how you can be smart about finding your way without any major hassles you’ll be happy you took the decision to hire a car.
One of the things that Malta inherited from British rule is driving on the left side of the road. Imported cars all of the steering wheel located on the right hand side.
You’ll also hear the Maltese saying “We drive on the shady side of the road”.
Whereas it might not be something you’re used to back home, with a little adjustment and cautious driving most people get the hang of it pretty quickly.
Let’s start with why you should seriously consider renting a car on your trip:
Rates can vary during the year, depending on the seasons. I always recommend using a rates comparison search, for two reasons:
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I’ve driven on motorways in Italy, inside city centres like Napoli and in different parts of Sicily. Those experiences made driving in Malta look like a breeze. It’s predictable as long as you expect other drivers to misbehave and anticipate them doing so.
Petrol stations are available in most places around the island and with short distances it’s not easy to run a dry tank. During the day (usually from 7am until 6pm) pump assistants will be present, so all you need to do is pull up next to a pump, specify the amount you wish to fill up for and the type of fuel, and open up your tank. They’ll fill it up for you, after which you pay.
Most pumps will also offer 24h service through automated pumps. This is how they work:
If, for whatever reason, fuel isn’t dispensed, you can return the following day to report this to the petrol station owner. It’s always good to have the receipt to indicate the exact time so they can check their systems to confirm fuel wasn’t dispensed. Usually they’d have been aware of an issue that may have occurred overnight and even though it’s rarely happened it never caused hassle other than having to return to the station.
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