By bus, Valletta
Malta have introduced new buses from July 2011 run by Arriva. The old buses which were fun and had character have been replaced by bland modern buses run by Arriva.
The bus service from StJulians to valletta is now a nightmare typically taking up to an hour. It is quicker either to walk direct to Valletta or walk to Sliema ferries and take a ferry across to Valletta.
The problems with the new buses include;
- air conditioned - cold compared with the old buses with windows open and air
- bendy buses too big and therefore take more passengers and take ages at each bus stop (the old buses were smaller but much more frequent)
- record of 9 minutes at Spinola Bay bus stop loading passengers
Take my advice - walk - you will be fitter and get there in the same time!
Valleta is only 5 km from the popular tourist towns of Sliema and St. Julian's where most of the hotels are situated. So a pleasant 40 minute walk along the seafront takes you there. Abus ride takes 15 or 20 minutes and costs a few cents. From St. Paul's Bay where quite a number of hotels are situated a busride takes 35 minutes and costs less than 50cents.
Definitely on foot
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Take a bus... don't bother driving in, because you will never find parking and unless you have a special permit, you cannot drive into Valletta anyway... A bus ride is a little bumpy :) but nothing beats arriving at the Triton Fountain and starting your walkabout from City Gate. [The pic shows the fountain in the background... Bus no. 40 is the one which takes you to my village, Attard :-)]
Take a horse-drawn cab. It's a novel way to see the place but haggle with the cab driver... Don't let him charge you more than Lm5 to Lm10 depending on how long the tour is going to be.
It is extremely easy to get to Valletta,because all bus routes arrive and depart from there being this is where Malta's main bus terminal is. The only exceptions to this are the direct bus routes. A bus ticket is only 15 cents Maltese and there is much more information about Malta's buses on my Malta page. If you are in Sliema, a quick scenic alternative way to Valletta is by passenger ferry. The ferry departs from Marsamexett Harbour and takes only 5 minutes. They leave from around 7:30A.M. until around 6:00 PM,(every 30 minutes)but please check the schedule because sometimes the times may vary as to the season or the day. The cost is only 35 cents Maltese and offers some very pretty views. Once you depart off the ferry,it is about a 10 minute walk uphill to the city center.I don't have a picture of the ferry itself, but it is light blue and has Lowenbrau written on the side of it. If it is a very windy day the ferry may not be able to run.
Valletta is definately a walking city!
Public buses in Valletta are quite an attraction! All are yellow, most of them older than 35 years, produced in different aprts of the world, having no doors. Those buses are so unusuall, that you have an impression like you're in Cuba or some other undeveloped exotic country.
One way ticket is 25 cents, and you can also take a daily ticket or 2,3,5 and 7 days ticket. Buses are going regulary, every few minutes. Last daily bus leaves at 23:15.
We visited every site on Malta using the yellow public busses. As we stayed at the Phoenician the bus terminal was at our doorstep. Every bus goes to Valetta so if you want to see lot's of stuf on the island; Valetta is the easiest starting point to stay. People on the bus will help you for the stop you want, just ask them. Only negative is that traveling between different sites is in most cases only possible by returning to Valletta and hopping on another bus to your other destination. We took the hop on hop off to combine a few vistis and limit traveling back and forth to Valetta.
The best way going to LA VALETTA is to take the AIRPLANE . In Malta you should take the beautiful old bus !!!
All the buses in Malta leave their respective cities/villages and end their trip to Valletta and vice versa. Website below shows you all the information you need about the public transport.
ALL THE BUSES ARE VERY OLD AND STRUGGLE TO GET AROUND ON THE NARROW STREETS.
ALL HAVE SHRINES ON THEM.....AND BELIEVE ME......YOU WILL BE PRAYING !