Ferry to Malta Gozo and Comino - Public transport and MLA.
Ferry to Malta.

If you want to explore Gozo and Comino on your own, the only option is to take daily ferries from Cirkewwa port in Malta. Find all the information you need below.

Although it is enough to use the bus to get around Malta, it is still necessary to use the ferry to get to Gozo and Malta.

The departure port of Malta is Cirkewwa, located in the north-west of the island. Ferries leave there in the direction of the two neighboring islands. It is a fairly large ferry, with capacity for hundreds of passengers. It also has a space reserved for cars, designed specifically to facilitate travel between the islands of Malta.

Gozo's port of arrival is Mgarr. The trip between Malta and the two islands takes just under thirty minutes and the boat has a passenger bridge, toilets, wifi, and a cafeteria.

Gozo and Comino

Malta Public Transport.

If you prefer, you can also use this map of the Malta bus network:

Map and bus lines of Malta.
Times and frequency
City buses in Malta operate daily from 5.30 am to 11 pm, with the exception of the night bus lines. The frequency is between 10 minutes and half an hour between two buses.


There are different rates depending on when you are going to Malta. A one-way ticket costs 1.5 € (the US $ 1.6) in summer (mid-June to mid-October) and 2 € (the US $ 2.2) in winter, and the ticket is valid for two hours. The price of the night bus ticket is 3 € (the US $ 3.2). You can buy them directly from the bus driver.

In Valletta station, you can also acquire a 12-trip card for € 15 (the US $ 16.2) or the Explorer card, offering unlimited trips for seven days for € 21 (the US $ 22.6).

Taxis in Malta.

If you have to get to the island quickly, the cheapest option is to take a taxi. Although it is not a very economical service, it can save you from a difficult situation. Ask about their phone numbers and rates.
Unlike other tourist destinations, in Malta, it is not so common to see taxis on the street. However, in the main tourist areas and at the airport, it is easier to find a row of taxis, which can save you from a difficult situation if you are in a hurry or lost.

Maltese taxis are white with a sign on the roof saying "taxi". All taxis are equipped with a meter and most have a terminal for card payment.


Minimum rate: 1.5 € (the US $ 1.6)
Price per kilometer traveled: 2 € (the US $ 2.2)
Waiting time: 20 € (the US $ 21.6)


For journeys from the airport, there is a fixed rate that varies depending on the city of Malta where you are staying. There is no additional charge for luggage. The most common fares are € 17 (the US $ 18.4) from the airport in Valletta, € 15 (the US $ 16.2) to Marsaxlokk or € 20 (the US $ 21.6) for Saint Julian's.


Bus in Malta.

Malta public buses are the most economical option for getting around the island and getting to the towns and villages of Malta. However, in summer they can sometimes be late and more crowded, due to the influx of tourists and students.

The options for public transportation in Malta are reduced to the island's green and white buses. In winter, they usually arrive on time and are a pretty convenient alternative, but during the high season months, the buses fill up and are repeatedly late.

Nevertheless, the main cities of Malta and its tourist sites are connected by the bus network, that's why we let you find out below.


Malta's bus network covers almost the entire island and extends to Gozo. In total, there are almost 100 lines operating in Malta, 18 in Gozo, 6 which connect the airport to different areas of the island and 8-night lines.

You can consult the bus lines and exact timetables on the official website of the transport company.

Bus Stops.

In Valletta, taxis congregate at the entrance to the city and around the Palace of the Grand Masters. In the rest of the cities, taxis are usually found near bus stations and around the most important hotels.

In a tourist site like Mdina, taxis wait outside the walls, near the city’s front door. In Saint Julian's, it is quite common to find taxis near places to party.

Bus Stops

Malta International Airport (MLA).

The main airline at Malta airport is Air Malta, which offers flights to the main capitals of Europe.

Malta International Airport (MLA) is located between the cities of Gudja and Luqa, about 10 kilometers from the capital. It is the only one in the country and it is also known as Luqa Airport or Valletta Airport.

More than thirty airlines serve this airport, which handles some six million passengers a year. Among the main airlines connecting Malta with other European cities are Iberia, EasyJet, Air Malta, and Lufthansa.


How to get from Malta Airport to Valletta?

There are several ways to get to the capital of Malta from the airport:

Car rental: The easiest way to get around Malta is to rent a car. Several companies choose to collect their rental car from the airport, which then allows them to arrive by car in Valletta or another city in Malta where you are staying.
Transfers: If you don't want to rent a car but want to get to the hotel quickly and conveniently, the best option is to book a direct transfer service from the airport. The price varies depending on the passenger number and the place of arrival. The major asset? This is a door-to-door service, which means you won't have to worry about schedules or connections.

Bus: there are four direct bus lines that are connected to Malta Airport: X1, X2, X3, and X4. Each of them connects the airport to part of the island of Malta. We advise you to look at the routes of each line. It is the most economical option.

Taxi: Another very comfortable option is to take a taxi from the airport. The price of the trip will depend on your destination: Valletta (15 €), Saint Julian (20 €) or Mdina (18 €).