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Some touristic info you may find useful when you are in Malta or Gozo.
The easiest way to get to Malta is by plane, as the Malta International Airport is used by many low-cost airlines offering services to and from Malta, such as Ryanair, Easyjet and Wizzair. Malta also has its own airline, Air Malta, which offers flights to major airports in Europe and North Africa.
Malta is also linked to Europe and North Africa by sea – there are different ferries that offer services to and from Malta, as catamaran connection from Malta to Sicily which takes only 90 mins.
Due to its size, travelling around the island is quite easy. You can visit the whole island with the regular public transport, as buses from Valletta travel to every village in Malta. Please visit the Malta Public Transport site for information on processes and routes.
For those who prefer being independent and not relying on the public transport schedule, you can rent a car. There are many car rental services offered in Malta, a couple of which have offices at Malta International Airport. Important to keep in mind that in Malta you drive on the left-hand side, and it therefore might be slightly challenging at first should if you be used to driving on the right-hand side.
The climate in Malta is mild during winter and hot in summer. As it is a Mediterranean island, the winter temperatures can drop down to 5C degrees in winter, and go up to 40C degrees in summer. The coldest months are generally January and February, while the hottest are July and August. Throughout the rest of the year, Malta has spring-like weather, with temperatures averaging 20 degrees Celsius and seasonal rainfalls.
Malta is part of the European Union (EU) and has been part of the Schengen Agreement since 2007 thus allowing entry into the islands and other members of the Schengen states. For non-Schengen member states who need a visa please refer to your local embassy of which Schengen state you are entering.
A list of useful numbers, which you may need in Malta.
- Ambulance 112
- Consumer Protection 21250221
- Direct Dialling Code (Malta) 356
- Directory Enquiries 1182
- Directory Enquiries (Go Mobile) 1187
- Directory Enquiries (Vodafone) 1189
- Emergency 112
- Emergency Rescue by Helicopter 21244371
- Emergency Rescue by Patrol Boat 21238797
- Emergency Vet Services 50043888
- Fire Brigade 112
- Flight Information 52302000 (rate per call €1.00) *
- Government Information Service 153
- Gozo Channel Co. Ltd 21556114
- Hospital – Gozo 21561600
- Hospital – Malta 25450000
- Lost Property 21224781
- Overseas Operator 1152
- Passport Office – Gozo 21560770
- Passport Office – Malta 21222286
- Police 21224001-7