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Although public transport in Malta is efficient, renting a car is a much more convenient option. Whether you want to visit Valletta’s medieval monuments, dive into Comino’s Blue Lagoon or take a trip to medieval Mdina, a cheap Malta rental car will get you there in no time at all.

There are plenty of Malta car hire options, with most international brands and local companies easily booked online. Drivers under the age of 25 might have to pay a bit more, but daily rates usually range between €16 and €28.

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Driver requirements

What age do I need to be to hire a vehicle in Malta?

In general, you need to be at least 21 to hire a car in Malta. Most car hire companies require you to have held a full driving licence for at least 12 months, potentially longer. The most favourable terms for car hire tend to be for drivers aged 25 and over.

What do I need to hire a vehicle in Malta?

You’ll need a full driving licence, a current credit card in your name, and another form of ID, such as a passport. Check with your provider to see if any additional documents are required when you pick up your hire car.

Do I need car hire excess insurance in Malta?

Car hire excess insurance isn’t required in Malta, but it’s definitely worth getting. That’s because should you find yourself having to make a claim, you could end up paying out a huge chunk of money. With the extra insurance, the excess owed will be significantly reduced. You’ll find that you’ll get a better deal if you book in advance with a standalone provider, as opposed to with a car hire company on the day.

Can I rent a car with a debit card in Malta?

Generally, car hire companies in Malta only accept credit cards. As few firms seem to accept debit cards, the rule of thumb should be this: to hire a car in Malta, use your credit card.

Which rental companies are available at Malta International Airport?

The following car hire companies are based at Malta International Airport: Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, First Car Rental, Green Motion, Hertz, Sicily by Car, Sixt and Thrifty.

Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or off-site in Malta?

Generally, it’s cheaper to rent a car off-site in Malta. When you hire a car at the airport, the cost of the rental includes a location-based fee – and this can add up.

Can you rent a car in one city in Malta and drop it off in another?

Yes, you can. Expect a one-way rental fee for the convenience of picking up a hire car in Malta and dropping it off elsewhere on the island.

Can you rent a car the same day in Malta?

Yes, you can hire a car on the same day in Malta but keep in mind that it’ll likely cost you more and you’ll probably have fewer cars to choose from.

Can I hire a vehicle at 21 years of age in Malta?

Absolutely, 21 is the minimum age for car hire in Malta. As standard policies largely apply to those aged 25 and over, a ‘young driver surcharge’ will be added to your bill. You will need to have held your driving licence for at least a year, too.

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