Car hire in Malta is a good option if you want to see the sights off the beaten track. Malta has a picturesque coastline with harbours, bays and creeks, beaches and rocky coves. You'll get to see all of these if you escape the resorts and organise car hire. Malta is a great spot whether you want an active or a relaxed holiday.

Get behind the wheel
You have to keep your eye on the road in Malta because anything could happen. Be particularly careful at intersections where give way rules are not always adhered to. There are a limited number of pedestrian traffic lights and many of the roads have pot holes. That said, car hire in Malta is a popular option - they drive on the left and it's one of the cheapest places to hire a car in Europe. A permit is needed to drive in the capital, Valletta, so ask if that is included in your hire cost.

Popular leisure activities
Most tourists head for the resorts and Valletta. However if you have a car you can explore the small villages which offer a very different Malta experience and offer a chance to explore the island's rich culture and history. The water in Malta is some of the clearest in the Med and there are pretty fish and coral which makes Malta a fantastic destination for snorkelling and scuba diving. Other water sports are also available from wind surfing to waterskiing. For sand you'll need to head to Mellieha Bay, but other resorts have smooth rocks to sunbathe on.

If you've organised your car hire in Malta, why not get yourself a cheap flight to Malta?

General Advice on Hiring a Car

When you purchase car hire you are entering into a contract with your car hire company. Always check their terms and conditions before you buy to make sure you're aware of your responsibilities when you collect your car in Malta, and any additional charges.

Here's a few things to watch out for:

  • Almost all car hire companies add a mandatory fee for drivers under the age of 25.
  • Check what level of insurance is included for the hire car in Malta. In particular check how much the excess is (the amount you need to pay in the event of any accident) you may want to take out additional insurance.
  • Check what the fuel policy is with your car. Don't forget to fill up the tank before you drop it off if you've agreed to return it full!
  • Find out if there's a maximum daily mileage - especially if you're planning to do a lot of driving in Malta!
  • You'll need to pay a deposit (or pre-approve one) to pick up the car. Most car rental companies will only accept credit cards for this.

  • If you'd like more advice on common charges (and what you can do to avoid them) read our complete guide to car hire.