Tourist Info

Whether you're just passing through or here for a longer stay, the islands will no longer hold any secrets for you!

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TOURIST INFO

Whether you’re just passing through or staying here for a longer stay, the islands will no longer hold any secrets for you! To be acquainted with the habits and customs of Maltese life, to get know the must-have addresses and handy numbers, to have an idea of the cost of living or the climate… this section puts simple and practical information at your fingertips.

LANGUAGE

The official languages of Malta are Maltese and English. Maltese, a language of Semitic origin written in the Latin script, is the natinal language of Malta. Over the centuries, it has incorporated many words derived from English, Italian and French. Italian is also widely spoken.

GETTING HERE

Airplane

Malta is just a few hours flying time from most mainland European cities and has excellent intercontinental connections. Choose from scheduled services or charter flights, many of which offer a convenient departure point from European regional cities. The national airline, Air Malta, operates flights to and from all major airports in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.

Malta International Airport is located between the villages of Luqa and Gudja, 10kms from Valletta.
For information on arrivals and departures see www.maltairport.com
Email: info@maltairport.com

Flight Enquiries & Schedules
Telephone: 356 50043333.
Schedules are also available on www.maltairport.com

Ferry

A regular ferry and catamaran service links several Italian and Sicilian ports to Valletta, Malta’s capital city. Several shipping lines serve some Mediterranean ports as well.

Seaport

Cruise ships call at the Grand Harbour in Valletta. The harbour’s Lascaris Wharf (known as the Valletta Waterfront), located in the Grand Harbour has been enlarged and is being upgraded as a dedicated cruise ship terminal with duty-free facilities. The Valletta Waterfront is minutes away from the Capital City, Valletta and offers check-in and baggage facilities, porterage, tax-free shopping, a tourist information service on site, food and beverage facilities, retail facilities, taxi services as well as a public bus service.

ACCESSABILITY

If you have a disability or any special need, please contact the National Commission Persons with Disability before you travel.

KNPD

The National Commission Persons with Disability (KNPD), government organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of disabled persons, has a useful website with numerous contact details and links. They are also able to provide practical information on other organisations which can assist you while you are in Malta.

Website: www.knpd.org

Airport

If you require any assistance at the airport, please notify your airline before you fly. They will notify Malta International Airport (MIA) directly. The MIA can provide assistance both airside and landside.

Beaches

Beach Trotters for wheelchair users can be found at Ghadira, Golden Bay and St. George’s Bay. Contact the beach supervisor on site at the respective beach (mid-June to mid-September, daily from 10.00am till 6.00pm)

Toilets for Disabled Persons are available to the public, free of charge, in various locations around Malta and Gozo.

CURRENCY & BANKS

On 1st January 2008 Malta adopted the Euro as its currency. On 1st February 2008 the Euro became the only legal tender currency in Malta and Gozo.

Banks are normally open until early afternoon from Monday to Friday, and until midday on Saturday. Some banks/branches work longer hours. Summer and winter opening hours may differ.

Exchange bureau at Malta International Airport are open 24 hours a day. International bankcards are accepted and foreign currency is easily exchanged. Banks, Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) and exchange bureau can be found all over the Islands. The majority of hotels, larger shops and restaurants also accept payment in the main international currencies. Conversion charges may be applied where outlets opt to accept payment in currencies other than the Euro.

In line with EU legislation on controls of cash entering or leaving the Community, any person entering or leaving Malta carrying cash or other monetary value of which is equal to or in excess of € 10,000 or equivalent is obliged to fill in the appropriate declaration form available from the Customs.

A gratuity of 10% is expected in hotels and 10% in restaurants, if service charge is not included in the bill. Most services are tipped about 5-10% (including taxi drivers)

TRANSPORT

Driving

In Malta and Gozo, driving is on the left. There are speed limits of 80km/h on the open road and 50km/h in built-up areas, unless otherwise indicated on relevant road signs. If you intend to rent a car or drive in Malta, it is advisable to take out comprehensive insurance. National or international driving licenses are accepted. For more information please see the www.doi.gov.mt/en/archive/highwaycodeeng/index.asp

Taxis

The white taxi service has the privilege of picking up passengers from anywhere, except bus stops. Taxi services from the Malta International Airport to all localities in Malta are based on a fixed tariff.

Public Transport

As from July 2011, a brand new public transport system for Malta and Gozo was introduced. Operated by Arriva Malta, the new service uses a fleet of modern, air-conditioned busses, offering an efficient and affordable transport system on a wide route network across all of the Maltese Islands. www.arriva.com.mt