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    Malta's Bus system

    by Flying.Scotsman Updated Feb 21, 2015

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    One of the big issues in Malta seems to be the bus system! In the summer of 2011 the bus system changed from old buses run by owner-operators to a modern service run by Arriva. The old system had old (in some cases ancient) buses. These buses were often decorated internally in a religious and/or popular theme such as Elvis or Manchester United. They generally ran on time, on routes that made sense for locals and tourists. The new system has modern, characterless buses that seem to be perpetually late, on routes that didn't go where people wanted them to. They have returned mainly to the old routes and seem to be efficient once again. A one week ticket costs €6.40 so is well worth it unless you are not intending use the bus more than a very few times.

    There are still a few of these old buses running
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    by Robertvp Written Jan 27, 2015

    In 2011 Arriva (uk) supplied King Long Buses (made in China) along with other SLIGHTLY USED MODELS under contract to the Maltese Transportation system. Some of Boris's bendy buses were also sent to Malta at 'bargain prices' however these were not suitable for Malta's pot holed roads and some caught fire.
    Eventually Arriva pulled out of Malta having lost millions of euros. On January 8th 2015 Autobuses de Leon Spain undertook to supply services to Malta. At present they will operate with the present buses and then in 2016 they will supply over 140 brand new Euro 6 buses. These new buses will have more eco friendly motors and 30 extra seats, they are of course longer and time will tell whether or not they can negotiate Valletta's narrow streets and roundabouts !
    At time of print prices will remain the same 1.50 euros each way or 6.50 euros for seven days travel which is a bargain. While the 'hop on' 'hop off' open double deckers charge 15 euros. A weekly ticket will do the same thing. Tickets can be purchased on the bus from the driver.
    Female drivers have also joined the ranks and are much more friendly than the more senior male operatives who can be a bit grumpy at times, but considering the traffic in the heat of the summer along with the extra visitors one must sympathise

    New euro 6 bus operating in Spain
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    Fun Train Bugibba Tour

    by shavy Updated Oct 30, 2014

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    This yellow train is one of excellent transport around the city, if you wish to explore without stopping anytime, to those who doesn't want to walk, is an easy options.

    The carriage goes very slowly, you can easily taking photos to every sight you pass through, the ride takes 45 minutes along to the major attractions in the city. A ride with this train is easy for family with small children

    Ticket Price
    Adults €5
    Children (4 – 11 yrs) €3
    Children under 4 yrs Free

    Hop on to the yellow train
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    Buses Arriva

    by shavy Updated Jul 10, 2014

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    Public transport covers much of the island and is cheap it can get crowded in busy times though, with locals and holiday makers, depending on the route
    In front of the main gate of Valletta is the main bus station for the entire island

    A 2 hour standard fare ticket costs €2.20, whilst a day ticket costs €2.60. 7-day tickets are also available at €12.00 however, standard fare tickets bought in Malta are not valid in Gozo and vice versa Recently, ticket checks on buses have increased, especially on popular routes such as the airport shuttle routes
    If found on the bus using an invalid ticket, you will receive a €10 fine and will be forced to exit the bus at the following stop

    Runs the whole Island and cheap

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    Bus from the airport to Valetta

    by lotharscheer Updated Jun 11, 2014

    There are four airport express services (unfortunately the nice old buses are gone), € 1,30 single ticket, € 6,50 for 7 days:
    X1: Cirkewwa - Marfa - Mellieha - Xemxija - San Pawl il-Bahar - Qawra - Bahar ic-Caghaq - Pembroke - Mater Dei - Msida - Marsa - Luqa - Airport
    X2: San Giljan - Sliema - Gzira - Mater Dei - Msida - Paola - Luqa - Airport
    X3: Bugibba - Qawra - Mosta - Mtarfa - Rabat - Ta' Qali - Attard - Balzan - Birkirkara - Marsa - Paola - Luqa - Airport
    X4: Valletta - Floriana - Hamrun - Marsa - Luqa - Airport - Hal Far - Birzebbuga)

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    By bus.

    by Maurizioago Updated Apr 13, 2014

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    You can go almost everywhere in Malta by bus.

    Many of these buses are still 1950' s Leyland brightly painted in yellow and orange. It is said that from july 2011 lots of them will be replaced with new ones.

    The fares are cheap. You can also buy a bus pass for one day or more. The average length of a trip is 20 to 30 minutes. The longest trip takes around 50 minutes.

    Tickets are sold by the driver.

    WARNING; Keep your ticket for the whole travel. Sometimes a man hops on the bus to control it.

    Update; the bus service in Malta has taken over by Arriva bus company. Thus I' m not sure if there are still some old yellow and orange bus.

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    Air Malta

    by shavy Written Dec 14, 2013

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    Brussels to Malta is a three hour fly, annoying it only flies in the evening from Brussels, we will landed in Malta pretty late at night too. Air Malta flies from Brussels to Malta daily

    The air hostess is generally helpful and friendly. Meals are generally perceived as less good
    I did not expected they serve meal which is included in the ticket price, other airlines take extra charge for meals on board
    Flying back to Brussels it takes a lot longer, we almost 5 hours on the way, the aircraft has a stopover in Amsterdam

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    Rent a car

    by shavy Written Dec 11, 2013

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    Self-driving in Malta is not a problem, we heard a lot about the aggressiveness of the drivers over there and the traffic, but it all goes fine except driving on the left side
    What you need to consider is that many roundabouts, which are not always recognized and the traffics are mostly happen on the place and most of the driver do not give a priority

    What we have notice the signs are not always clear or present because of the hectic traffic in some places and you can easily miss your turn, using a navigation system is a better thing to do to find your way easily around the island

    Small Chevy

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    Horse Carriage

    by shavy Written Nov 16, 2013

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    All along the outer ring of Valletta you see the horse-drawn carriages are the way with a guide to see Valletta
    Speak for the ride clearly about the price and what you get for it to avoid disappointments at the end of the ride
    This is a very nice way to explore Valletta
    These kind of tour vehicles are still used by Maltese even today especially in and around Valletta and Mdina are street rides karozzin offered to tourists
    Making such a ride is fun and beautiful way of sightseeing around the city of Valletta

    Unique transport for sightseeing around Valletta
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    Hop on- Hop off bus

    by shavy Updated Nov 16, 2013

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    This is simply one of the ways to see everything that Malta has to offer
    Seeing Malta from an open topper bus is a great way to appreciate this magnificent island
    The open top bus tour of Malta starts from the Sliema Ferries and from Valletta
    One can 'Hop on and Hop off' at his or her leisure at conveniently located stops along the route in Malta, there are a number of hop-on hop-off providers which offer a practical tour service linking all the most popular places of interest on the island and more
    Each tour includes an multi-lingual commentary, a free harbour cruise is given with each ticket

    Price tickets; Adults 1day ticket €15 Children €9
    2day ticket €28 Children €16

    The easiest way to see around the city

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    The Malta Yellow Buses

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Aug 3, 2013

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    The Malta buses are a cheap means of transport on the island. Although new buses are coming into service, some well preserved old ones are still on the streets.

    At the website you find the services available.

    2011 Update: The Malta bus service has been taken over by the Arriva bus company.

    Malta bus
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    Malta to Gozo Ferry

    by mickeyboy07 Written Apr 7, 2013

    Provided by the Gozo Channel Company Ltd,this regular ferry service provides a vital lifeline between the Maltese islands.Its modern fleet includes three state of the art ferries.Passenger and vechile service is provided all the year round between Mgarr Harbour in Gozo and Cirkewwa in Malta including Saturdays,sundays and public holidays.There are summertime schedules,wintertime schedules and Mid season timetables available.All ferries carry the latest and modern facilities like shops,cafe's,internet access and all safety features to make your journey a pleasant one.It takes just twenty minutes to make the crossing between the two islands with great views of the small island of 'Comino' on your way across.Check website for exact times.
    Prices:Foot passengers-€4.65,Child up to 12 yrs-€1.15,Car-€15.70,Motorbike-€8.15.

    Ferry terminal at Cirkewwa Blue water's,blue skies Leaving Malta Passing Comino Gozo ferry
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    Malta International Airport

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Apr 1, 2013

    Officially called 'Luqa' Airport,it is the only Airport serving the whole of the 'Maltese Archipelago'.
    It occupies the location of the former 'RAF Luqa' and was completely re-furbished in 1992.It is 5km south east of the capital Valletta.The Airport serves as the main hub for 'Air Malta' as well as many other Airlines including 'Ryanair and Easyjet'.The Malta Airshow is also held here on an annual basis with military and civil aircraft from all over Europe.Terminal operations include an extensive range of retail services,restaurants,Duty Free and even a Hard Rock Bar.Arriva Malta buses serve the Airport with a mixture of both local and express services available.The Airport has won several awards for excellence over the past few years.

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    Malta's Sightseeing Buses

    by Maria81 Written Dec 3, 2011

    Typically, a sightseeing bus would cover a city - in Malta, two 'hop-on hop-off' sightseeing bus tours allow you to visit the entire island.

    The South Route: passes through Sliema, Msida Yacht Marina, Valletta (various stops), Senglea Point, Vittoriosa Waterfront, Bieb is-Sultan, Marsaxlokk, San Lucjan Tower, Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum, Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra, Malta Falconry Centre, and Limestone heritage.

    The North Route: passes through Sliema, Msida Yacht Marina, Valletta, Mosta, Mdina and Rabat, Bingemma, Mgarr, Golden Bay, Bugibba, and St. Julian.

    The busses run every half an hour from 0900 to 1500 on weekdays and from 0900 to 1300 on Sundays and Public Holidays and will cost you EUR 15/day.

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    Malta Buses

    by kathymof Updated Aug 6, 2011

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    The Malta buses are an institution in and of themselves. They are old and delightful. One Sunday we rode the bus from Sliema to Valetta and had to stand. We were convinced that it was going to turn over as it went around a curve at what seems a very high speed. The three of us let out a collective shriek which brought gales of laughter from all the locals on the bus. All the little old ladies, dressed in their traditional black outfits and on their way to church, started patting our hands and trying to let us know that we would survive. The most important thing about the buses is that they are a lot safer than trying to drive in Malta where chaos seems to be the best descriptor of the way people drive. Buses go just about everywhere from Valetta.

    A delightful Malta Bus

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