• Car rental in Malta is very popular, and we have many suppliers offering up-to-date car hire offers. Ensure you check all providers to ensure you gain the best possible price.
  • It's possible to collect your rental car at Malta International Airport, or at a collection point in the resort in which you are staying.
  • Ensure the car you hire in Malta is fit for purpose – although main roads are well-maintained, rural country roads tend not to be.

Hiring a car in Malta

Malta is an island with a wealth of history to discover. Whether you wish to visit palaces of the Knights of St. John or walk narrow cobbled streets into hidden shops and museums, there's something for all. This picturesque, welcoming island boasts beautiful beaches, dive sites, stunning architecture and lively towns. You can spend a morning exploring underground catacombs, or walking the walls of a fortified city, and the afternoon dining in a bustling piazza or taking a boat trip around the island.

If you are staying in Valletta or one of the larger coastal resorts, check if your chosen accommodation has parking facilities. In historic towns and cities, it's often hard to park during tourist season, and you could end up with additional parking charges if you don't research beforehand.

In Malta, they drive on the left and overtake on the right-hand side, the same as the UK. Roads are usually easy to navigate, just try to avoid rush hour in the cities as it can get much busier.

Where to Hire a Car in Malta

Malta International Airport is just 20 minutes' drive from the island's capital, Valletta, so it makes sense if you are arriving by air, to collect your hire car from the airport. Several major car hire brands such as Hertz, Avis and Europcar are located in the arrivals hall and easy to find once you've collected your luggage.

If you don't fancy driving for the entire duration of your Maltese holiday, arrange to collect your hire car in a resort close to your accommodation. If you are staying in Sliema or St.Julian's, there are pick-up and drop-off locations close to the beach, hotels and bus stations.

St. Paul's Bay and Bugibba are also popular tourist destinations in Malta. Fortunately, cheap car hire companies cater to visitors in the north of the island too, with branches close to bus depots and Malta National Aquarium in Bugibba, and on the beach road in St. Paul's Bay. Remember you can search and compare car hire Malta for 2018/2019 on dealchecker.

Places to Visit Around Malta

Drive to the area known as the 'Three Cities' – Senglea, Cospicua and Birgu –which sit across the bay from Valletta. Not only do you gain incredible vistas of the Maltese capital, there's fascinating history to discover. With fortresses, Inquisitor's Palaces, gardens, churches and museums, there's a lot to get excited about.

If you fancy a leisurely day out, grab some picnic food and head for Zurrieq, one of Malta's oldest towns. From here you can access the Blue Grotto. Several boat trips venture to the network of sea caverns, and if you are feeling daring, you can snorkel or scuba dive to view subterranean wonders. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay on dry land, Hagar Qim Temples are a few minutes' drive away.

Mdina in central Malta is the island's ancient capital. This fascinating walled city sits up high, offering awe-inspiring vistas across the countryside. Mdina has a tranquil, timeless ambience with narrow alleyways, decorated balconies and museums. However, if you wait until the evening, the city illuminates with hues of ochre – find a restaurant by the castle walls and as you dine with a loved one, imagine living here in centuries gone by.

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.