A Malta Public Transport bus driving towards Valletta bus terminus.

How to get to Valletta and getting around within Malta’s capital

How to get to Valletta and getting around within Malta’s capital
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Considering that in Malta all roads lead to Valletta you’ll have little trouble getting to the capital city. In this article I’ll guide you on how you can get to Valletta and how to get around within its centre.

Taking the bus to get to Valletta

The only mode of public transport in Malta is in the form of buses. By far most bus routes operate to and from Valletta, being the main hub and terminus of public transport in Malta. Bus routes normally operate in both directions, with stops on opposite sides of streets.

Bus fares are between €1.50 and €2 for a single trip (winter/summer rates) and multi-day tickets are available if you’re also looking to do some exploring outside of Valletta.

For more information on bus routes, fares and timetables visit www.publictransport.com.mt.

Airport

Unlike most other capital cities, Valletta does not have its own airport. In fact, Malta as a whole only has one airport (Malta International Airport), which is located just 8km away (20-minute drive) from Valletta.

The cheapest transfer to Valletta is by bus, with route X1 being in service from early morning until late evening, and tickets cost a few Euro. Alternatively, you can get a taxi (1-4 pax) for around €20 and a shared shuttle bus for around €14 for 2 adults (both one-way fares).

More info on Malta airport transfers and shuttle buses here.

How to get to Valletta and getting around within Malta’s capital
5 (100%) 5 votes

Considering that in Malta all roads lead to Valletta you’ll have little trouble getting to the capital city. In this article I’ll guide you on how you can get to Valletta and how to get around within its centre.

A Malta Public Transport bus driving towards Valletta bus terminus.

Taking the bus to get to Valletta

The only mode of public transport in Malta is in the form of buses. By far most bus routes operate to and from Valletta, being the main hub and terminus of public transport in Malta. Bus routes normally operate in both directions, with stops on opposite sides of streets.

Bus fares are between €1.50 and €2 for a single trip (winter/summer rates) and multi-day tickets are available if you’re also looking to do some exploring outside of Valletta.

For more information on bus routes, fares and timetables visit www.publictransport.com.mt.

Airport

Unlike most other capital cities, Valletta does not have its own airport. In fact, Malta as a whole only has one airport (Malta International Airport), which is located just 8km away (20-minute drive) from Valletta.

The cheapest transfer to Valletta is by bus, with route X1 being in service from early morning until late evening, and tickets cost a few Euro. Alternatively, you can get a taxi (1-4 pax) for around €20 and a shared shuttle bus for around €14 for 2 adults (both one-way fares).

More info on Malta airport transfers and shuttle buses here.

Driving to Valletta by car

The most important things to know if you visit Valletta by car are:

  1. Parking in/near Valletta can be challenging
  2. Entry points to the city are monitored by a so-called CVA (Controlled Vehicle Access), which is a fancy name for charging you for parking during peak hours (8am-6pm, no charge for entries after 2pm) by recording your license plate.
  3. You’re often better off parking outside the city. Driving within Valletta is a bit like finding your way through a maze if you’re not familiar with its streets.
  4. The two major entry points to the city are:
    1. On the southern side of the city at Castille Place
    2. On the northern side, from Great Siege Road.

Ferries

You can also enter Valletta by boat, with a small ferry service that leaves at the seafront of Sliema (across Marsamxett Harbour) as well as from Senglea/Bormla (part of The Three Cities, across Grand Harbour) to take you across the harbour for a small fee.

Another option is to travel to Birgu (also known as Vittoriosa, one of The Three Cities), and taking a short trip on a Maltese type of gondola (or Dgħajsa in Maltese).

A & S Water Taxis run a shuttle service which takes you across Grand Harbour and drops you off at Victoria Gate, through which you can enter Valletta. (Although if you take this option consider taking a Harbour tour with them while you’re at it – well worth it!)

Getting around in Valletta

Valletta is one of the few European capital cities where transport and getting around isn’t a big concern. Being relatively small, everything is located within walking distance so it’s perfectly doable to get around in Valletta on foot.

It’s also pretty difficult to get lost in Valletta. Most streets are part of a very straightforward grid-based plan and most of the city is surrounded by the sea, plus it takes just 10 minutes to walk across the city from one side to the other.

Although cars do pass through most parts of the city there’s no real traffic and the core of the city is pedestrianised. The streets are also pretty narrow so drivers pass through at slow to moderate speed.

If you’re not particularly keen or capable of walking for long stretches, these are a few things to know:

  • City Electric Cabs offer a quick trip service using small electrically-driven vehicles that can take you all across the city. Trips can be booked by phone (with min. 15 minutes’ notice) on +356 77 414 177 or hailed from the street. The service operates from 7am to 7pm from Mon-Sat and 9am to 4pm on Sundays. Trips are priced as follows:
    • €1 for trips in the centre for first passenger and €0.50 for additional passengers
    • €2 for trips to/from parts outside the city centre for the first passenger
  • There’s a bus route that passes through some of the main streets inside and just outside Valletta. A single journey ticket is valid for two hours and costs €2 or €1.50 (winter/summer season).
  • Public Transport Malta have now also made available e-bikes which can be used to get around inside the city, called Tallinja Bike. There are a few docking stations around in Valletta and the fees are:
    • Standard fee: €3 (for up to 30 minutes), then €2 for every 30 mins after
    • Discounted rate of €1.50 + €2 every 30 mins after for Explore card holders
    • Free for the first 30 mins for Valletta card holders (+ €2 every 30 mins after)

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