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Getting Around in Malta

Until July 2011, Malta was famous for the oldest bus park in Europe.  Things have changed in July 2011 when old buses were swept away and replaced by a new network of services operated by modern air-conditioned vehicles.

What is good with Malta public transportation, is that you can visit absolutely all tourist attractions by bus with no need to buy expensive excursions from travel agencies!

There are four types of bus services in Malta:

  • AIRPORT EXPRESS routes (numbered X1-X4) run from the airport and connect with Valletta, Rabat, Sliema, St,Julians, Buggibba, Qawra, St.Pauls Bay, Mellieha and Cirkewwa (for the Gozo Ferry);
  • MAIN LINE routes (numbered 1-99) run to/from Valletta;
  • LOCAL routes numbered 101-299 are all other routes, not serving Valletta. These routes provide links from the main tourist places to visitor attractions such as Mdina, Golden Bay and the Blue Grotto.
  • NIGHT BUSES run on Friday and Saturday nights.


  • Single tickets (can be obtained from the driver): €2.00 (reduced to €1.50 in winter)
  • Single tickets during the night (can be obtained from the driver): €3.00
  • 12-journey card (can be obtained from kiosks): €15.00
  • 7-day unlimited travel (can be obtained from kiosks): €21.00

Note: There are no discounts for children (except that children aged under 4 years travel free).

Local residents can obtain  “Tallinja” smart card, which has its own website Cardholders benefit lower ticket prices: a single journey  for 75c, or €2.50 for a night journey. A monthly pass costs €26.  Non-residents also can apply for a card by providing a foreign address (or a hotel address). Take into account that the card is delivered within 2 weeks after application, so if you are staying just for one week in Malta, it’s actually not worth in applying for this card. Another option is to apply for “Tallinja” card before your travel. The company also delivers cards to the foreign addresses, but they charge extra

More information about Malta public transport including timetables available on the Malta Public Transport website .

Last updated: 31/12/2015

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