Guide to Driving in Malta

Malta is well reputed tourist spot of Europe and the country provides with all the necessary amenities to the travelers along with its natural serenity. The island is travelled by thousands of tourists all the year round despite of its hot climate. Considering the weather, it would be a clever decision for a traveler to hire a car if s/he wants to avoid the distress of walking or looking for public transports. If you want make a refreshing trip and do not want to sacrifice your freedom of moving place to place then don’t even hesitate to rent a car. In that case, booking in advance would be more facilitating. Compared to the other countries of Europe, hiring the car in Malta is quite of more budget.

Driving in Malta would rather seem to be like driving in England, because you have to drive on the left hand side of the road and the traffic systems are almost similar. The signboards are also written in English. The capital city of Malta is crowded with traffic but the rest of cities and the places are comfortable to drive around. You have to remain conscious about the drivers of Malta as they tend to be very aggressive in driving and overtaking. You have to keep special attention to the local passengers and school buses; they hang on to the utmost priority on the road. You have to stop your car when the passengers get on/off the public transports in front of you. When you are rolling on the road, you are not at all permitted to use your mobile phone; even the hands-free conversation is forbidden.

Parking the car can be the annoying issue in Malta, especially in Valetta. There would be limited parking facilities in the cities but feel free to park at suitable places in the country sides. In the main towns, you might have to pay for parking your car. In Malta, you are allowed to use your domestic driving license but it is recommended to keep your international driving license and passport with you so that you can keep away from various plights on the road of a foreign land.

Essential Driving Information

  • No facility of motorways.
  • Drive on the left hand side of the road.
  • Seatbelts are required for everyone in the front and rear.
  • Child seat is not mandatory but it is recommended.
  • Cellular phones are not allowed.
  • Parking is not allowed where there are double yellow lines.
Speed Limits
Town/City: Around 50 Km/h
Main Road: Around 80 km/h
Emergency Phone Numbers
Police: 112
Ambulance: 112
Firefighters: 112
General Information (as of 2014)
Min Driving Age: 18
Alcohol Limit: 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood
Petrol Price: €1.47/litre
Diesel Price: €1.38/litre
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