How to go to Gozo.
If you want to go to Gozo you have to cach the ferry from the port of Cirkewwa (it is in the north of Malta).
Ferry tickets can be purchased before boarding or on your return. It is not a joke!
It is possible to come back to Malta (...to Cirkewwa) late in the evening.
Gozo Channel Ferry
After arriving on the ferry from Malt to the island of Gozo the first thing you'll see is the village of Mgarr where you will embark.
Mgarr is said to be the gateway to thr rest of Gozo and a short bus trip to Victoria which is Gozo Capital city and the hub for all the buses in Gozo
Taxies are also on hand at the ferry harbour
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Cheap and Cheerful Car Hire
Cars from the Gozo Garage are cheap cheerful and reliable.
If you haven't got to where you're going in half an hour, you're either lost, in the sea or stuck at the only traffic lights. Who needs a Limo ;)
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Most people will arrive by ferry from Malta - a short sail of some 20 minutes from the port town of Cirkewwa. Its a pleasant trip passing the smaller isle of Comino and even smaller Cominotto on the way. The ferry takes cars as well as passengers and runs several times a day.
A helicopter service operated from the airport on Malta but p was under new ownership at the time of our visit (Jan 2005) and was not operating in the winter months. Apparently its relatively expensive anway.
On Gozo the buses are grey with a red stripe. They serve the main villages from Victoria but tend to run mainly in the morning as in the afternoons they are used for collecting the school children! If staying here for a few days or more I think car hire would be the best option or even bicycle hire to see more outlying areras and to give you more flexibility - the lovely countryside and villages are worth exploring.
Though there is a Heliport on the island and some tour operators will do a helicopter transfer from Malta to Gozo, most people arrive on the island by ferry from Malta. The ferries run every 45 minutes throughout the day, less regularly at night - but still they run - from Mgarr on Gozo to Cirkewwa on Malta. Cirkewwa is the closes point on mainland Malta to Gozo.
Fares are reasonable (for foot passengers - no idea about cars) and the crossing takes about 25 minutes.
There is a ferry directly from Valletta (well, Sa Mainson, near Valletta) too, but this only runs about once per day and you have to "ring for details".
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This is the best way to see the Island. For us coming from the UK it was great, as Malta drives on the left the same as we do, and unlike the Maltese mainland there are not so many cars on Gozo and very few built up areas. I found driving here quite nice, crusing along at gentle speeds with the windows down. Some of the roads are a bit bumpy and uncared for, but I never encountered anything dangerous. And the places we visited were pretty easy to get to. At the end of the day you can get from anywhere on the island to anywhere else on the island in about 15 minutes, so how lost can you get?
Go By Bus
Busses in Gozo are nowhere near as frequent as they are in Malta so getting around the Island by bus is not a very practical idea. It's OK if you're centred near Rabat and want to go out to one place each day, but even then I don't know how long you'd be able to stay at the chosen destination. For getting around on Gozo you really need a car.
This is one of the ferries that ply between Malta and Gozo.
cost is 2 ML, and takes approx. 25 minutes.
En route you pass the small island of Comino.
Hint - get up as high as you can, and watch the approach to Gozo and take in the beauty of the harbour - shown in the above picture.
Flying to Gozo
Gozo hasn't got an Airport, but a Heliport. To reach Gozo by air you fly to Malta Airport and change there to the Helicopter. This is probably the most scenic and most fun way to get to Gozo (if you like flying).
The transfer by Heli takes about 20 minutes and is great. But here from the start.
In Malta you collect your luggage and go through customs. Then you check in again for the Helicopter to Gozo. The Helis are operated by "Malta Air Charter - MAC" in cooperation with Air Malta. A bus then brings you to the Helicopter. The flight starts with the Heli rolling to the runway (yes the same one planes use) where it starts. Why it doesn't take of from where it stands i don't know. The Heli flyes about 200m above ground along the north coast of Malta, so look that you get a seat on the right, the flight is about 20 minutes. In Gozo you collect your lugage at the Heliport.
Flying home you can check the baggage straight to your destination (on most airlines) and you get the boarding pass for the connection flight out of Malta.
Going to Gozo is very easy. You just have to take the Gozo boat from Cirkewwa. You don;t pay as you go on the boat but you pay on your return back to Malta that is you can stay how long you want and then you pay coming back. If you are going with a car you have to pay for the car included. I am not very a sure on how much you pay but I think for a person its Lm1.75 and you have to pay extra for the car. The trip is about 30 mins and you can have a snack in the cafeterias that there are on the different boats.
The times of the boat always change however if you get the leaflet from the tourist information it will help as they vary from Winter to Summer.
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There are several Bus lines connecting all villages on Gozo. The busses are grey with a red line. The route Number is indicated on the front of the bus. Some of the vehicules are very old.... (but most of them seem to be a bit newer then the ones on Malta).
All lines start and end in Victoria bus station. For timetables ask a local or just wait at a stop for the next bus to come....
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Most people arrive in Gozo via the ferry that shuttles from Cirkewwa, Malta and arrives in Mgarr, Gozo. The hours for these ferries differ, running more frequently in the summer. The trip is about 20 to 30 minutes.You can easily find out the exact hours from a tourist office. The return fare is around 2 Lm . The ferry is very busy especially on weekends and especially around 9:30 am and around 4:30 pm when the people taking trips with tours arrive and return.
Getting to Gozo
The aproximate distance from Malta is one hour by ferry. Ferrys depart regurarly from Malta, in winter there were about 4 departs a day. You can take your car too, if you have hired already one in Malta. By this way, you will see everything you have to see in Gozo, in one day!
* I loved the evening colors, on the way back to Malta.
The efficient and cheap ferry service Gozo Channel link Malta (Cirkewwa) to Gozo (Mgarr Harbou) in 25 minutes.
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