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From Malta Airport, it’s no more than a 30-minute drive to anywhere on the main island. No matter what time of day you arrive, you’ll find a fleet of white taxis waiting for you outside the terminal. All fares are subject to a fixed rate and tickets can be bought in advance from the booth inside Arrivals. Malta Transfer operates a shuttle service and is a quick way of getting to some of Malta’s main hotels.
You can book your ticket online or by visiting the booking desk inside the airport’s baggage reclaim area. Last but not least, you can choose from four different express buses: the X1 to Cirkewwa, the X2 to Sliema and St Julian’s, the X3 to Bugibba and the X4 to Birzebbuga.
Staying on the islands of Gozo or Comino? Lucky you – you get to take the ferry! Grab a timetable from the tourist information office inside the airport for information on all routes. To get from the airport to the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa, it’s a 45-minute journey by taxi or X1 bus.
From here, the Gozo Channel Company transports you to Mgarr in Gozo in around 20 minutes, with night services running in summer. If Comino is your final stop, chances are you’re staying at the Comino Hotel (it’s actually the only hotel on the island).
A ferry service runs between the hotel and Cirkewwa throughout most of the year – except between November and March when the hotel is closed.
Local buses run from around 5.30am to 11pm and are an inexpensive means of getting around Malta and Gozo. Striped orange, yellow and white, they’re easy to recognise and are fully air-conditioned.
Alternatively, taxis are easily available both day and night and can be picked up at ranks concentrated around Malta’s harbours, hotels and airport. Try flagging one down by hand if you like, although as this isn’t customary in Malta, the driver might not get the hint.
Once a modish form of transport among British servicemen, these days karozzin (traditional horse-drawn carts) are more of a tourist treat than a practical means of getting around Malta. Make sure you barter the price of your ride and then sit back and enjoy this quaint way of taking in the sights.