Thursday, 5 January 2012

How to get around - Important Bus Routes in Malta

I thought I would give you some info on which buses to take if you are doing some travelling around Malta.  I have based this upon my top ten places to get to, and assumed that most tourists are based in Sliema/St Julians; Bugibba; Mellieha; St Paul's Bay or Valletta.  I have shown direct routes where available but the '+' symbol means you need to change buses.

to Airport:
from Sliema/StJulian:    X2
from Bugibba:                X3 direct; or 12 (to Pembroke) + X1
from Valletta:                 X4 or X5 or X7
from St Pauls:                221 or 223 (to Buggiba) + X3
from Mellieha                 X1 (only from Mellieha bay or Belle View Interchange)


to Blue Grotto:                             
from Sliema/StJulian:    X2 + 201;  12 or 13 or 15 (to Valletta) + 71 (summer only)
from Bugibba:                X3 + 201; (or via Valletta in summer)
from Valletta:                 71 (summer only) ; X4 or X5 or X7 (to airport) + 201
from St Pauls:                41 or 42 (to Valletta) + 71
from Mellieha:               X1 (to airport) + 201 (or via Valletta)


to Buskett Gardens & Dingli Cliffs:                                                             
from Sliema/StJulian:    202
From all other locations, take bus to Rabat (see below), then change onto bus 202 to Buskett, or 201 or 202 to Dingli Cliffs


to: Gozo/Comino ferries (Cirkewwa):                                              (Read about Gozo here)
from Sliema/StJulian:    222
from Bugibba:                221
from Valletta:                  41 or 42
from St Pauls:                41 or 42 or 221 or 222
from Mellieha:                41 or 42 or 101 or 102 or 221 or 222

to Golden Bay beaches (Ghajn Tuffieha):
from Sliema/StJulian:    225
from Bugibba:               223 
from Valletta:                 44
from St Pauls:               223
from Mellieha:              101 or 102

to Hagar Qim & Mnajdra                                               (Read about Hagar Qim/Mnajdra here)
from Sliema/StJulian:    X2 + 201;  12 or 13 or 15 (to Valletta) + 71 (summer)
from Bugibba:                X3 + 201; (or via Valletta)
from Valletta:                 X4 or X5 or X7 (to airport) + 201;  (or 71 direct in summer)
from St Pauls:                41 or 42 (to Valletta) + 71 (summer)
from Mellieha:               X1 (to airport) + 201 (or via Valletta)

to Hypogeum & Tarxien Temples (Paola):                             (Read about the Hypogeum here)
from Sliema/StJulian:   X2 direct; or 12 or 13 or 15 (to Valletta) + 81 or 82 or 83 or 85
from Bugibba:              X3 direct
from Valletta:                81 or 82 or 83 or 85
from St Pauls:              221 or 223 (to Bugibba) + X3; (or via Valletta)
from Mellieha:              221 (to Buggiba) + X3; (or via Valletta)

to Marsaxlokk:                                                                             (Read about Marsaxlokk here)
from Sliema/StJulian:  12 or 13 or 15 (to Valletta) + 81 or 85 or X86
from Bugibba:              X3 (to Paola) + 81 or 85; (or via Valletta)
from Valletta:                81 or 85 or X86
from St Pauls:              37 or 41 or 42 (to Valletta) + 81 or 85 or 86

to Mdina (Rabat):                                                                           (Read about Mdina here)
from Sliema/StJulian:  202 or 203
from Bugibba:              X3
from Valletta:                51 or 52 or 53
from St Pauls:              221 or 223  (to Bugibba) + X3
from Mellieha:             221 (to Bugibba) + X3                                

to Mellieha beach:
from Sliema/StJulian:  222
from Bugibba:              221
from Valletta:                37 or 41 or 42
from St Pauls:              37 or 41 or 42 or 221 or 222
from Mellieha Village:     37 or 41 or 42 or 221 or 222                                             

to Mosta:
from Sliema/StJulian:  225
from Bugibba:              31 or 45
from Valletta:               31 or 41 or 42 or 44 or 45
from St Pauls:              41 or 42
from Mellieha:              41 or 42

to Ta' Qali National Park and Crafts Centre:                                    (Read about Ta 'Qali here)                         
from Sliema/StJulian:   202 or 203
from Bugibba:              X3
from Valletta:               51 or 52 or 53 (stops on main road - 7 mins walk away)
from St Pauls:              221 or 223 (to Bugibba) + X3                            
from Mellieha:              221 (to Bugibba) + X3

to the Three Cities:                                                                 
from Sliema/StJulian:   12 or 13 or 15 (to Valletta) + 2 or 3
from Bugibba:              X3 (to Paola) + 2 or 3;  or travel via Valletta
from Valletta:               2 or 3 (or waterfront ferry)
from St Pauls:              37, 41 or 42 (to Valletta) + 2 or 3
from Mellieha:              37, 41 or 42 (to Valletta) +  2 or 3

to Valletta:                                                                                     (Read about Valletta here)
from Sliema/StJulian:   12 or 13 or 15 (or take the ferry from Sliema!)
from Bugibba:               31 or 45 (or slower bus 12)
from St Pauls:               37 or 41 or 42
from Mellieha:              37 or 41 or 42

*When you see this bus picture on any page, click on it to return here*



Here's a link to a bus route map which will give you an idea of where everything is located.

Wherever you want to go, it will cost €1.50 for an all day ticket (excluding Gozo).

I haven't shown every route here, just the most direct ones, as people generally don't enjoy changing buses too much.  For full schedules, maps and times, check the Arriva website.


(Many thanks to 'Phil the Bus' for help with information on the best routes to take, for providing the bus route map, and for correcting my mistakes!  Please feel free to make any comments or suggestions below).

8 comments:

  1. Hi,

    there's a nice network map and www.maltabusroutes.com - I should come clean and admit its my own map but still relevantly helpful I hope!

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  2. Thankyou so much for the information this is a great site. Mandy

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    1. Glad to be of service Mandy - thanks for the feedback.

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    2. Precious information! Thank you!

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  3. great site has helped no end while here in Malta

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  4. For the less mobile it is also possible to go 'door to door' to Ta Q'ali from Valletta by taking the 54 and changing on to the 106 in Attard.

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Please feel free to comment below, all feedback welcome - it's great to hear other people's opinions and experiences.