Public Transport in Malta
Many of us will fondly remember the unique experience of travelling on the iconic Maltese bus, a symbol of Malta which has made it into souvenir shops and many a tourist's travel blog. Indeed, many mixed feelings have been aired over the replacement of the bubbly yellow buses by a modern bus service. The dilemma in recent years has been between travelling on a piece of history (some of the buses dated back to the 1950s) or travelling in increased comfort. While most visitors to our islands found taking a bus in Malta quite an experience (even if not always delightful) in itself, most locals welcome the improved service, although naturally feel nostalgic for what seemed an integral part of Maltese culture.
The introduction of the modern public transport bus service signifies a brand new bus network with new route numbers and timetables. The improved new network covers many more route kilometres and reduces journey times considerably by the introduction of many new direct routes which by-pass the necessity to enter Valletta to change buses.
The Malta Public Transport
website provides thorough information to help you plan your journey. The handy drop-down box named 'Plan Your Journey' on the website's homepage is very convenient for a user-friendly public transportation experience. The easy-to-navigate website also allows you to easily access information about various routes and timetables, and offers the option to download a full network map or individual route maps and timetables.
Fares vary on various factors but remain some of the most economical public transport rates you will find in Europe. There are several ticket types from hourly to daily to monthly, and also convenient top-up options. Prices vary between travelling in Malta or Gozo, by the age of the passenger, and even by whether you hold a Maltese or Gozitan Identity Card or none.
for a complete list of routes, timetables and bus fare options