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Bear in mind that Malta has a large number of cars for a small country, so traffic congestion is high and inevitable during rush hour, especially in Valletta, the capital. All public transportation vehicles, especially school buses, have the right of way, and roundabouts are in place at various points around the island. Please use prudence when you approach them.
Parking a rental car can be a tricky proposition in Malta, due to the high volume of cars and the limited spaces in which to park them. Regulations are strictly enforced when it comes to illegal parking, and cars are clamped or towed for serious infractions. To avoid Time Parking Zones, you can use one of the public car parks, which are attended and free of charge.
Take a day and explore the island of Gozo off the northern coast of mainland Malta. Ferries are available to transport your vehicle, and since the island is small, you won’t need more than a couple of hours, unless you plan an extended visit. A plethora of activities abound, so you’ll have plenty to keep you occupied if you need to take a break from the road.
A drive along Route 1 travels from Birzebbuga near the Malta Seaport in the south and winds northward past Malta International Airport, through the University of Malta in the east, and skirts the eastern coast up through Bugibba and Mellieha, where it culminates at Cirkewwa in the north. The trip takes about an hour each way, traffic permitting, and should get you back well before dinner.
FAQs about hiring a car in Malta
On average a car hire in Malta costs €39 per day.
Standard (Class Convertible or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Malta.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Suncar Rent a Car (€5/day), Hertz (€8/day) and OK RENT A CAR (€14/day).
Based on car searches on KAYAK, the most popular cities to rent a car in Malta are Luqa (90% of total searches of users looking to rent a car in Malta), Bugibba (2%) and Xewkija (2%).
On average hiring a car in Malta costs €125 per week (€18 per day).
On average a car hire in Malta costs €534 per month (€18 per day).
The driving norm in Malta is to drive on the left side of the road. Both front and rear seatbelts must be used by all passengers whenever the vehicle is in motion. Be advised that there are rigorous drunk driving laws in place that could land you imprisonment if you’re convicted. It is not recommended that anyone drive who has consumed any alcohol.
Maltese law requires anyone intending to rent a car in the country to be at least 21 years of age but no older than 70. Also, you must have been legally driving for at least one year (three years if using Sixt). Drivers under 24 will be charged a fee of about 15 € ($17) per day. One good thing is that no International Driver’s Permit is necessary if you have a valid US driver’s license.
Prices for petrol and diesel are very expensive compared to prices in the United States. A liter of petrol sells for about 1.36 € ($1.54) and about $5.84 per gallon in the US. Diesel fuel prices are 1.23 € ($1.39) per liter and $5.28 per gallon. Thankfully, it’s not a very big island, so you should get excellent mileage from a full tank, if you rent a car in Malta.
Should you decide to rent a car in Malta, be advised that there is no official limit for speeding on the highways/motorways, so exercise good judgement and vigilance if you use them. When you are driving along rural roads, you should observe a speed limit of about 70 km/h (43 mph), and if you are exploring the city limits, you should keep to a maximum speed of 50 km/h (31 mph) in order to avoid fines.
The rates displayed include all taxes and fees for hire cars for the class listed and were found by KAYAK users in the last 24 hours. Offers are subject to change and may not be available on all car hires listed or dates of travel. Some hire car providers charge additional fees for other services (GPS, infant car seats, etc.). Please check the website of the respective hire car provider.