Car hire is the best way to travel around in Gozo, you are free and no hassle
In the island is no traffic in compare to Malta. If you have rented a car in Malta, you can take your car with you on the ferry boat for 15.70 euro plus extra 4.65 euro for a passenger and you are set for everything
In Gozo Mgarr Harbour, where the ferry from Malta arrives, a number of recognized car rental companies
There are sights in the island that is not possible to reach by puclic buses and if you have a car you can easily get to the spot
The sightseeing bus is very convenient if traveling to Gozo without a car, if you want to discover the small island and want to see all the sights in a short time, this bus comes very handy, the bus route stop to major attractions and easy to hop-on- off anytime
When you get off the ferry in Mgarr harbour, just a few meters walk from the port you can hop-on to the tour bus and purchase your ticket in the bus itself
1 Day Unlimited Travel Ticket
Buses service in Gozo is slow, is not reliable if you use the public buses to get around the islands
It can take a while in some places to catch the bus, so better not to rely on them
A regular service runs to and from Mgarr ferry terminal
To reach the island of Gozo , you can use the ferries of the Gozo Channel Line, there frequent ferries between Malta and the small island of Gozo, the boats leave from Cirkewwa in Malta to Mgarr in Gozo, the crossing takes about 25 minutes
Winter Timetable from Monday 4th 2013 - Sunday 4th May 2014
First departure is 01.30 am then next
After 6 am there is a ferry every 45 min the last ferry leave at 23.45 to Gozo
Standard passenger fare 4.65 euro Standard passenger night fare 4.05 euro
Gozo resident fare 1.15 euro
Child fare 1.15 euro
Car and driver standard fare 15.70 euro
Car and driver standard night fare 12.80 euro
Gozo resident car & driver fare 12.80 euro
Gozo resident car & driver night fare 8.15 euro
Bicycle fare 1.15 euro
Towed trailer ( up to 5 mtrs) 13.95 euro
We usually hate this kind of tours, but in Gozo it was an good idea. The local buses didn´t run so often, and some of them didn´t drive at March at all. So this was easiest way to see the island, after we decided not to rent a car. Maybe at Gozo it would have been easy to drive, but at Malta main island the traffic was quite grazy and driving at left is allways little strange if you aren´t used to do it. So..we choosed not to do that. It was little strange, because we allways have rented a car in this kind of places.
In some places we had to much time. And in some others, we could have used more. At Blue window, the bus didn´t go near at all (maybe they will one day again, there was some road works going on) and it took a long time to walk there. Luckily one Swiss coupple offered us a drive back to bus, because we might have missed the last bus to harbour without them!
You will have headphones to listen what they say about the sights. There´s 8 languages to choose from. Not Finnish ;)
If you're arriving by plane and going straight to Gozo, a bus shuttle service is now available from Malta International Airport to Cirkewwa where you can board the ferry to Gozo.
As this is a new service, initially there will only be eight return trips and run during the summer months, until September.
Tickets costs Lm 2.15 (Eur 5) per person / per trip and can be purchased on board. Seats may also be pre-booked by using the Gozo Channel telephone number or email address found in the Contacts section below. A time-table is available on the Gozo Channel website.
The ideal way to travel to the sister Island of Gozo is from Cirkewwa Harbor in the north part of MALTA by Ferry and only a 15 min crossing time.
It will cost you only about 4 Euros each passenger and if you take the car its about 13 Euros including the driver.....not bad for another destination besides MALTA!
The best way to see Gozo is definitely by car and not by bus...at least, that's what I think! The traffic may be rather chaotic in the capital, Victoria, but it's nowhere near what it's like in Malta and once you get out into the open spaces it is pleasant driving. If you still want to use the bus service and see all the major attractions, then allow more than one day in Gozo.
Buses are infrequent and the last one is usually around 7pm or even earlier...so if you don't want to walk to Mgarr Harbour, or spend the night in Gozo, think early! You can pick up a time-table at the main bus terminus in Victoria. There doesn't seem to be one available online at the time of writing this tip. The Mgarr Harbour (Ferry) bus no. 25, leaves Victoria 30 minutes before each ferry departure and the last bus from Mgarr to Victoria is 7.15pm (Mon to Fri). The link below provides the bus number and route information.
The most common way of getting to Gozo is using the Ferry from Cirkewwa (Malta) to Mgarr (Gozo). The boats operate on a regular scedule.
The ferrys transport passengers and cars between the two islands.
You only pay using the ferry from Gozo to Malta, you need to go back anyway.... (unless you use the Helicopter).
From the Harbour Mgarr there are regular busses to Victoria.
Buses on Gozo don't run as often as on Malta island. Buses are grey and wait just outside the ferry terminal (line no. 25). They wisk you to Victoria for Euro 0.47. Unfortunately, we didn't get to ride on the old bus on photo no. 1 but on a coach like bus. Not all the drivers give you change.
At Victoria bus station there is an information booth where they can give you a timetable for the island. We took a bus to Xlendi (pronounce Shlendy) which is no. 87.
When taking the bus back from Xlendi, we all had to get off before the bus terminus because the driver had his work finished and took his bus straight home.
Alternatives to buses are:
1. Take a hire car from Malta to Gozo
2. Use the hop on hop off bus for your tour of Gozo. This is good if you want to see it all in a short time ie if you don't get off, the tour takes 150 minutes and costs Euro 15.00.
3. Use your own feet (we did from Victoria to Xewkija)
4. Hire a bicycle (possible on Malta for sure, on Gozo I don't know)
There is plenty of space for foot passengers on the ferry either in the café or outside with a good view to take pictures.
On Malta you can buy your return ticket for Euro 4.65 (tourist price in Nov. 2010) but you can also wait and do it before your return trip from Gozo as tickets are only checked on the return trip.
On the Malta side you board the ferry through the big opening like the cars. Then you either go up the stairs or take the lift (only on the right side of the ferry) if you have walking problems. On Gozo you leave the ferry from the passenger deck upstairs onto a covered walkway, then down an escalator.
With just one day on the island and wanting to get a good overview of the sights we decided to book a jeep tour. Although a bit of a bone shaker it did allow us to travel on roads that the buses would not be able to - it was certainly rough surfaces by the salt pans in the north of Gozo. Cheaper bus tours are available but this was more fun plus as the only 2 in the jeep our guide (provided with the tour and very knowledgable of the area despite his South Wales accent!) allowed us to stop where ever we wanted for a pic and was flexible with time stops - longer here, shorter there the choice was ours. A great day out and with the blue skies and sunshine a highlight of our trip to the Maltese islands. Cost was about £50 for two people
There is a ferry every 45 minutes and the trip takes about 20 minutes.
* Malta Island: Cirkewwa (on the west).
- Tel.: (+356) 2158 0435/6 and 2157 5884
- Fax: (+356) 2158 0435
- E. mail: email@example.com
* Gozo Island: Mgarr (on the east)
- Tel.: (+356) 2155 6114 and 2156 1622
- Fax: (+356) 21556743
- E. mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
When you take the ferry from Malta island to Gozo, the fare charged is the return fare. There is no ticket office on Gozo - you just get on. So it is perfectly allowed to board in Gozo, not get off in Malta, then ride the ferry back on its return voyage. That's a good hour's ride on an air-conditioned boat, for free!
The ferry also goes to Valetta three times a week. That's an easy way of getting there, but not of getting back (since it returns almost straight away). or you can just stay on board then too, and have a 3½ hour cruise - for free!
Public local transport is the cheapest way of going around Gozo. Its limit though, is its restricted time-table which at times can be infrequent. Gozo buses are painted grey with red stripe on each side and can carry approximately 50 passengers. The cost per trip does not exceed € 0.47
Gozo route buses serve villages around Gozo from the central Victoria Bus Terminus in Main Gate Street. They are identified by the number they carry on the front. In Summer, buses operate trips to Dwejra and Ramla Bay, while they increase the trip frequency to Marsalforn and Xlendi Bays