Hire a Car from Malta International Airport (MLA)
Malta International Airport serves the whole of the Maltese Islands, so there’s a great selection of car rental agencies. Reputable brands such as Hertz, Europcar and Firefly all offer a wide selection of vehicles. Whatever your preference, here you’ll find a car that’ll make driving abroad feel as natural as it does back home. To get an idea of what’s available, browse using the Expedia search tool. The airport’s only a 20-minute drive from popular coastal towns like St Julian’s and Sliema, making for a smooth start to your Maltese adventure.
Hire a Car in Malta
If you’d rather hire a car elsewhere, there’s no shortage of rental agencies across the island. Throughout St Julian’s and Sliema you’ll find agencies like Active Car Rental and Autorentals Co. Thanks to their central location, drivers use these towns as a base whilst they explore local attractions like the Megalithic Temples of Malta - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Driving Laws in Malta
Driving laws on the island are much the same as that of the UK. However drivers must give priority to public transport, including school buses, and stop whilst they let passengers on or off the vehicle. Malta is also unique as it doesn’t have any motorways. Generally speaking, speed limits here are 50 miles per hour in built-up areas and 60 miles per hour on the open road. That said, certain roads may operate their own speed limits and these are signposted at all times.
When choosing car hire in Malta, the law requires you to be 21 years old or over – and to have held your license for at least a year. This varies depending on the vehicle, and those under 25 may have to pay a young driver surcharge.
Explore Malta by Car
The Blue Lagoon of Comino is known for its beautiful crystal clear waters. These waters attract snorkelers and divers alike, due to their calm coral rich qualities. Located 14 miles north of St Julian’s, with a connecting water taxi, this makes for a rewarding trip.
Everywhere in Malta is within driving distance, why not visit the quaint fishing village of Marsaxlokk? Every Sunday, local fisherman trade everything from oysters to small sharks. Set under the backdrop of colourful Mediterranean buildings, there’s also an excellent selection of local bars and cafes to help quench your thirst. When the road home takes you through exotic fields and beautiful harbours, even a simple drive in Malta offers a memorable day out.