About Malta (MT)
The country of Malta MT) is a tiny archipelago in the Mediterranean Sea situated south of the island of Sicily. The island of Malta is by far the largest and most populated of the island group, with Gozo being somewhat developed, and Comino being the smallest of the three.
A handful of smaller islands around Malta and Comino are uninhabited. The majority of Malta’s top destinations will be found on the mainland, and include historic attractions and beach resorts. Despite its relatively remote location, Malta is actually quite popular with budget-minded European visitors, especially in the peak summer months. Given its compact size and beautiful climate, tourists find that it’s easy to fill an itinerary with things to see and do, although the country is known for having an exceedingly laid-back atmosphere. Malta’s rich history of Roman, Arab, and European occupation makes for some fascinating discoveries.
Getting around is far more cost-effective and convenient when you rent a car in Malta from one of the major suppliers.
Maltese car rentals are surprisingly cheap and its road network has benefited from recent and continuing improvements. Given its reliance on tourism for their livelihood, the Maltese government has good reason to make things as smooth as possible. At any rate, some issues pop up here in the form of street names in Maltese, and congestion around the popular tourist sites. Visitors report problems with GPS giving bad directions, but you’re generally not going to get too lost in such a small place. Meanwhile, locals are exceptionally friendly about giving directions, and quite forgiving about unintentional mistakes, such as driving the wrong way on a one-way road.
Choosing your car
Cheap car rentals in Malta are furnished by the big name providers — National, Sixt, Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, and Avis. Choose from minicars, economy hatchbacks, compact, standard, fullsize, and premium 4-door sedans, SUVs, estate wagons, and 7-12 seater minivans for groups and large families.
Tips and advice
Because car rentals in Malta are so affordable, it seems like everybody wants to rent a car during their stay. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to book your vehicle as far in advance as possible.
There’s a roll-on/roll-off ferry boat between the islands of Malta and Gozo. Your car hire vendor should take the pro-active measure of talking about its restrictions for the ferry, but if they don’t — ask.
Roundabouts are common throughout the country and visitors from right-side driving countries should get familiar with navigating these traffic circles before actually attempting to navigate said roundabouts.
As a predominantly Roman Catholic country, Malta observes the Sabbath, so many establishments outside of Paceville and St. Julian’s are closed on Sunday.
Malta is considered very safe for travelers; however, Paceville has a reputation for drunken revelry in the evenings, and fights are said to be common.
Parking is a big problem in many areas of Malta. The general idea is to get in where you fit in, but you’re strongly advised to avoid parking anywhere near double yellow lines. Also be aware of timed-parking zones (usually up to one hour) that tend to be strictly enforced. Nothing can spoil a vacation like getting your Malta car hire clamped, or worse, towed away — although the latter is quite rare and reserved for egregious violations.