Parking in and around Valletta can be hard to find.

Where can I find parking in and around Valletta?

Where can I find parking in and around Valletta?
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Valletta is pretty small for a capital city, measuring less than one square kilometre. Being one of the larger centres for commerce and tourism in Malta, it’s no surprise that parking inside the city’s walls is hard to come by.

What you need to know about parking in Valletta

  • You’re usually better off parking just outside Valletta. Distances are short so it’ll be a 5-minute walk to get into the city if you park in the neighbouring town of Floriana.
  • Navigating the narrow streets and the one-way system can be tricky enough and parking spaces are limited.

  • Being the most popular option, parking outside of Valletta isn’t necessarily easy. Malta knows one of the highest concentration of cars on its roads. In fact, traffic congestion is one of the biggest challenges the country currently faces. These are a few options to try:
    • Paid parking is available from the MCP (underground) car park which sits right outside Valletta (and which offers direct access to the Valletta Waterfront from its bottom most level, through a tunnel). Update July-2018: MCP car park is undergoing works to expand capacity and it’s a big mess. Avoid if you can!
    • Public parking can be found is available in two areas on the road leading down to Great Siege Road (Northern side of the city). One area is right at the top of the road, next to a large football pitch, the second is at the top of the road that runs alongside the Grand Excelsior hotel. Public car park attendants are usually present here and will ask for a gratuity. It’s customary to offer €1 though legally you’re not obliged to tip them.

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Where can I find parking in and around Valletta?
5 (100%) 5 votes

Valletta is pretty small for a capital city, measuring less than one square kilometre. Being one of the larger centres for commerce and tourism in Malta, it’s no surprise that parking inside the city’s walls is hard to come by.

Parking in and around Valletta can be hard to find.

What you need to know about parking in Valletta

  • You’re usually better off parking just outside Valletta. Distances are short so it’ll be a 5-minute walk to get into the city if you park in the neighbouring town of Floriana.
  • Navigating the narrow streets and the one-way system can be tricky enough and parking spaces are limited.

Thinking of renting a car for your trip to Malta?

Get the best car hire rates and tips on renting a car in Malta here.

  • Being the most popular option, parking outside of Valletta isn’t necessarily easy. Malta knows one of the highest concentration of cars on its roads. In fact, traffic congestion is one of the biggest challenges the country currently faces. These are a few options to try:
    • Paid parking is available from the MCP (underground) car park which sits right outside Valletta (and which offers direct access to the Valletta Waterfront from its bottom most level, through a tunnel). Update July-2018: MCP car park is undergoing works to expand capacity and it’s a big mess. Avoid if you can!
    • Public parking can be found is available in two areas on the road leading down to Great Siege Road (Northern side of the city). One area is right at the top of the road, next to a large football pitch, the second is at the top of the road that runs alongside the Grand Excelsior hotel. Public car park attendants are usually present here and will ask for a gratuity. It’s customary to offer €1 though legally you’re not obliged to tip them.

Parking within Valletta

If you decide to give it a go anyway, be aware that:

  • The local CVA (Control Vehicular Access) system means parking is paid during certain hours. Between 8am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays this system records car license plates entering and exiting the city. Entrances after 2pm on weekdays are free of charge but otherwise the fee is €0.82 per hour (max. €6.52 per day)
  • Parking spots are marked off with different colour road markings
    • White: Public parking spot
    • Yellow: Do not park (usually because a garage entry or unloading point for deliveries)
    • Green: Parking for residents only (24h)
    • Blue: Parking for residents between 6pm and 8am
  • There are a bunch of one-way streets and few entry points to Valletta. Unless you’re familiar with the streets it can be a bit of a maze to get through. Not impossible or dangerous, just a little disorientating.
  • There’s rarely any traffic inside the capital city and you won’t find many drivers stupid enough to drive fast.
  • Your best bet to find parking inside Valletta (to my knowledge):
    • The western side of Valletta, following the outside road of the city called Marsamxett Road, driving further to Triq San Bastjan.
    • Near Hastings Garden, to the west of City Gate there are a few small public parking areas where you might get lucky. Be prepared to find your way in through the maze of streets. You’ll find signs pointing towards Hastings Gardens to help you if you choose to enter Valletta from Marsamxett Road.

Map with parking options in and around Valletta

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Parking within Valletta

If you decide to give it a go anyway, be aware that:

  • The local CVA (Control Vehicular Access) system means parking is paid during certain hours. Between 8am and 6pm on weekdays and between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays this system records car license plates entering and exiting the city. Entrances after 2pm on weekdays are free of charge but otherwise the fee is €0.82 per hour (max. €6.52 per day)
  • Parking spots are marked off with different colour road markings
    • White: Public parking spot
    • Yellow: Do not park (usually because a garage entry or unloading point for deliveries)
    • Green: Parking for residents only (24h)
    • Blue: Parking for residents between 6pm and 8am
  • There are a bunch of one-way streets and few entry points to Valletta. Unless you’re familiar with the streets it can be a bit of a maze to get through. Not impossible or dangerous, just a little disorientating.
  • There’s rarely any traffic inside the capital city and you won’t find many drivers stupid enough to drive fast.
  • Your best bet to find parking inside Valletta (to my knowledge):
    • The western side of Valletta, following the outside road of the city called Marsamxett Road, driving further to Triq San Bastjan.
    • Near Hastings Garden, to the west of City Gate there are a few small public parking areas where you might get lucky. Be prepared to find your way in through the maze of streets. You’ll find signs pointing towards Hastings Gardens to help you if you choose to enter Valletta from Marsamxett Road.

Map with parking options in and around Valletta

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