By busA typical bus ride is only around 20 minutes but in summer, the heat might be a problem. Malta and Gozo are served by buses run by the Malta Public Transport Association. Most of Malta’s services originate from Valletta City Gate terminus, just outside the city gate of Valletta and Victoria, Gozo. Fares are cheap (typical fare is € 0.47) so be sure to have small change for the driver when you board. Services are regular and the more popular routes run till 2300 hours.
By taxiAlthough the white taxis are under meter charge at government-controlled prices, it is best to agree prices before departure. Taxis from the airport have fixed prices. For airport transfers, it is recommended to use the local "Black cab" taxi firms. Their rates are normally lower than white taxis and their drivers are smarter and more educated. Their services must be pre-booked at least fifteen minutes before.
By carA number of car hire firms offer self-drive cars and the main international car-hire. International firms are represented at the airport. Local law permits driving from 18 years onwards. However some car rental companies will not hire cars to those aged under 25 or over 70, while others will charge extra daily insurance for doing so. Drivers must present their own national driving licence or an internationally recognized driving licence. Renting a car in Malta is a fine way to see the country, since it's cheap and driving conditions have improved greatly in the last years. A good map is a must but people are always willing to help you.
By ferryGozo Channel Company runs regular car-ferry services between Cirkewwa (northern Malta) and Mgarr (Gozo), with crossings every 45 minutes from 0545 hours to around 2230 hours, and every one and a half hours throughout the night (journey time around 20 minutes). The Marsamxetto ferry service crosses frequently between Valletta and Sliema (journey time - five minutes). Arrival and departure points are at the Strand in Sliema and at the end of Triq San Marku in northwest Valletta. This is a very pleasant alternative to bus or taxi!
By seaplaneAs from last year, a private company (Harbourair) started operating regular flights between Valletta Grand Harbour and Mgarr, Gozo. The company also offers scenic flights that take around 30 minutes and provide beautiful views of the Maltese islands. Check-in and ticket office are at the sea passenger terminal, on the very end of the Valletta Waterfront", behind the cruise ship terminals.
By bikeGiven the short distances, Malta may seem ideal to explore by bicycle, but there are various disadvantages. The landscape, especially in Gozo, is hilly, and cycling in the intense summer heat can easily lead to dehydration. Having said that, renting a bike does not cost much and offers enough flexibility to explore.
By horse drawn carriages (karozzin)The “karozzin” used to be the most commonly used means of transport before the introduction of motorised vehicles. It has now become an integrated aspect of Malta's culture heritage and is very commonly used by tourists for leisurely rides along Malta's towns and villages. Horse drawn carriages are found in Valletta, Sliema, St.Julians and Mdina. It is recommended to ask the coachman for rates of the various tours he suggests before setting off.