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Guide to Driving in Malta

The Maltese Islands

The Maltese Islands are surely one of the most welcoming and charming southern destinations Europe has to offer. Sunshine, natural beauty, history and art can all be found within these beautiful islands. There are lots of things to see and do in Malta, its landscape is characterised by low hills, fields and indented coastline with harbours, bays, creeks, sandy beaches, and rocky coves. Worlds apart from the main resorts and the capital Valletta, are the islands’ villages which are the soul of the island’s past. Car rental is favoured by many who visit Malta as it gives visitors the opportunity to escape from the beaten tourist track to delve into the island’s history and culture, adding a bit of individuality to their holiday.

We advise our car rental customers to familiarise themselves with the driving legislation in the country that they are visiting, so we have included all the information that you will need below.

 

Driving Around

Driving around Malta and Gozo should not be a problem, although unlike most European countries driving is on the left hand side. There is a speed limit of 80kmph – 50mph on rural areas and 50kmph - 30mph in urban areas. We also advise you to not use a mobile phone when driving as this is prohibited and you need to always make sure that you are wearing a seatbelt as these are compulsory, for both front and rear seated passengers

 

Fuel

Service stations are open daily from 0700 hrs to 1800 hrs. Afterwards, pumps operate automatically to provide a 24hrs service. The fuel available from all service stations is standard leaded, unleaded green or diesel. Credit Cards are not accepted.

 

Parking

Do not park where there are double yellow lines. When visiting certain localities in Malta and Gozo watch out for “Time Parking Zones”. These are zones where parking is limited to a one hour maximum. If any motoring or parking offence is committed for which a fine is payable then this will be required to be settled before departure.

 

From Malta To Gozo

Travelling between the two main islands of Malta and Gozo is very easy since ferries are generally available every 45mins. The trip takes approximately 30mins and can be taken from Malta’s northernmost tip, Cirkewwa. During the trip one can admire  the small island of Comino with its glorious Blue Lagoon, just visible through a narrow entrance in the rocky coastline. There is a regular boat service to Comino from Malta and Gozo operated between mid-March and mid-November.

 

Essential Information

· Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road

· School buses & public transport have right of way when they are leaving a public stop

· Motor vehicles are required to stop to let passengers on and off buses

· Use of the horn is permitted only in cases of immediate and extreme danger

· Speed limits are strict and radar traps are often used

· Headlights must be used at all times, by law

· It is illegal to use both a hand held or a hands free mobile phone device

· Seat belts are compulsory for all people travelling in the car

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