a VirtualTourist member from Europe asked on Jan 9, 2016
I have found the time table for bus X1 running between the Airport and Cirkewwa. The time table has only got departure times, not arrival times. Approximately, how long does it take to go from the Airport to Cirkewwa?
Approximately 75 minutes, depending on the traffic. The buses are (in theory) timed to connect with the ferry to Gozo.
As a comparison, a taxi would take approximately 45 minutes.
Thank you Phil!
Phil's estimates are about right. Here is a link to the full X1 winter timetable from Malta Public Transport (MPT)
(if it looks like the page hasn't loaded just wait for a moment. It takes a few seconds to download it from the timetable library)
Thank you Martin!
Unfortunately the link that Martin has given you is to the old timetable that finished on 19th December. However for some inexplicable reason, Malta Public Transport have left it on their website ! The link to the new timetables can be found here: publictransport.com.mt/route... .
The route has changed slightly with the introduction of the new timetable but the end to end running time should be about the same.
Thanks for the update Phil. The link I supplied was via the main timetable link I saved in my browser when I was there in November. It was really handy to decide where I wanted to go and look up bus schedules over a coffee in my hotel room.
I've got to say the bus services have improved dramatically since I first visited although the fares have gone up a lot. Don't worry, it's still great value for money just not stupidly cheap. I remember getting a 7 day weekly paper ticket to go anywhere on Malta and Gozo for about €4.50 in 2014 thinking that would barely pay for the diesel. It's now €21 for a 7 day Tallinja Explore card. It's only €3 per day.
Personally when encumbered with luggage I prefer to get a taxi from the airport as the buses can get very busy and standing room only. Again the fares are very reasonable. On my last trip in November 2015 I went to the Matla Public Transport (MPT) desk at airport arrivals to get my Tallinja Explore card for the buses so I had it in hand for the rest of the week and then went to the taxi kiosk.
Taxi fares are preset to various parts of the island and you pay at the airport kiosk, not to the driver. The drivers are usually very friendly and will point out places of interest on the way. Although your fare is pre-paid at the kiosk, tips are optional. I usually give the driver a couple of extra Euros if they've done a good job.
Have a great trip to Malta and Gozo. It's my favourite place in Europe and I can't wait to go back again later in 2016.