Is it relatively easy for visitors to get around Malta via public transportation, or is a rental car recommended? Thanks!
I will go against the grain and say you are better off taking the bus, supplemented with taxis if needed. I lived on the island for over a year, and while it can be really crowded in the summer, you are better off. Firstly, you are probably not used to driving on the other side, and it is quite disorientating. Second, finding parking is very hard in the city itself, you don't want to spend time driving around. Most places are accessible by bus, even getting to the ferry to get to cross to Gozo, there are at least 3 buses that ends at the ferry stop. Pubs ticket prices are quite reasonable, get the weekly pass from the airport when you land (get it from the machine outside right by the bus stop if you can so you get it laminated as opposed to the paper the ticket guy has which rubs off). For taxis, use eCabs.com prompt and great drivers. Have fun!
I visit Malta regularly as I'm originally from there. I'd say it's much easier and more efficient to rent a car than using public transport. Especially if you visit during summer when Public transport struggles on busy touristic routes eg to beaches. Also as others have said if you want to see the offbeat places and Gozo then a car helps.
1st. you have to remember that driving through Malta goes the British way (wheel on right side of the car and...). It could be a bit confusing during first couple of days...
On the other hand having your car could be VERY helpful: It'll get you to destinations off the beaten track, that as a tourist you don't want to miss. You can take it via ferry for a visit to Gozo and explore all the attractions there in a much easier way.
Bottom line: if you plan to mainly relax at your hotel and may be have some sight-seeing - better plan with the reception and use local day trips or taxi. If you are more of an explorer, rent a car and invest in getting used to driving their way. You will enjoy much more this tiny beautiful place.
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There are buses that run from very early in the morning until about 23.00hrs and connect most towns and cities in Malta and also on Gozo but the island is small and a car is useful. You should be able to pick up a rental car for a week for about €200. Malta is a left-driving country but drivers are disciplined and roads are pretty good.