a VirtualTourist member from Athens asked on Apr 12, 2016
I want to come to Malta on 26/5-31/5 with my boyfriend. We would like to see as many places we can into Malta ,Gozo and Korino. I heard that renting a scooter is a bad idea. Also renting a car would be difficult.
Is it easy with the local transportation to explore it? and go to Gozo and Korino as well? Or do we have to rent ?
And how much does it cost to rent a scooter or a car? Any good link for economic choices?
Is different if you have a car you don't have to rely on public buses. We hire a car in Malta and we took it on a ferry to Gozo. The cheapest car rental we've found is Avis, was a small car and economical.
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I've never rented a car on the Maltese Islands and have always used public transport. You can get a Talinja Explore Card for 7 days and it only costs €21. That's €3 per day. The card is valid on Malta and Gozo although there is a small extra charge for the ferry. You only pay for the ferry on the way back to Malta.
You can see most places by using MPT (Malta Public Transport) https://www.publictransport.com.mt/
The roads can be very congested at times. It's a busy and popular place. Deceptively bigger than it looks on a map. Don't expect wide multi-lane freeways or motorways but steep hills and very twisty roads.
The bus network covers the whole of Malta and is fairly frequent, albeit often crowded. A diagrammatic map of the most useful routes for tourists can be found here; http://tinyurl.com/Maltabusmap .
Unfortunately driving and road standards are not particularly good and there are lots of warnings about scams being run by some of the larger car hire companies at the airport. The advice is therefore to use public transport for most of the time and possibly hire a car from a local company for one or two days when you get there.
Getting to Gozo is easy - bus to the ferry at Cirkewwa then use the local buses or the Hop-on-hop off buses when you get off the ferry.
Not sure what you mean by Korino if you are referring to Comino, that is a small island with no motorised transport on it. It also gets VERY crowded during the summer and at weekends. Suggest you google Comino for more information.
Speaking as professional coach driver based in the UK who has driven all over the British Isles and mainland Europe I have to agree with Phil that driving standards and the road network could do with a lot of improvement.
The bus drivers haven't killed me yet but as a fellow driver, I applaud them for taking large vehicles round and up over some really steep and bendy roads on a daily basis.
When I'm at work I sometimes have some challenging roads to face when I am at the wheel too. In Malta, I let the locals do it.
Driving in Malta is not for the faint hearted.