Driving in Malta is certainly an experience worth trying. The main car rental companies are all represented at the Malta International Airport. In addition, the local hire firms still offer a good service at reasonable rates.
Whilst Malta is one of the cheapest places in Europe for car rental, renting a car in Malta allows you to benefit from visiting a lot of places of interest especially due to the close proximity between sites.
Below you will find some important information about driving in Malta:
1. Driving is on the left hand side of the road.
2. You must be at least 18 years of age to drive in Malta and hold a valid driving license. It is also advisable to carry the passport with you.
3. Seatbelts are compulsory for all people travelling in the car.
4. Malta has strict laws regarding drinking and driving. The alcohol limit for driving is 35mg alcohol in the bloodstream.
5. Speed limits in Malta are as follows: 30mph/50kph for built up areas and 66mph/110kph when travelling on open roads. There are other specific speed limits in certain roads especially those were road works would be in progress.
6. Petrol stations are open from 0700 hours to 1800 hours and are closed on Sundays. However, most petrol stations operate on a self-service basis when they are closed.
7. Crash helmets must be used when driving a motorcycle.
8. Mobile phones should not be used when driving.
9. 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.
10. If any motoring or parking offence is committed, the fine is required to be settled before departure.
11. There are no toll highways on Malta.