The largest of a small chain of islands in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is like a time capsule surrounded by pristine blue waters and sandy beaches. Hire a car and explore ancient ruins and high-walled cities like Mdina, beautiful churches, and museums. Make waves at stunning beaches like The Blue Lagoon on the island of Comino, or Ta Fra Ben Bay near Bugibba. One of the best things about Malta is its small size making the entire country easily accessible by rental car. Be sure to check out villages like St. Paul’s Bay, Sliema, and the island’s capital, Valletta.
Renting a car at Malta Airport with Airport Rentals
Finding an affordable car hire for your Malta holiday is easy with Airport Rentals. Simply type in your travel dates and click ‘search’ to begin browsing our impressive list of cars for hire. On one handy page, you can easily compare car details and rates from various rental suppliers, including Hertz and Europcar. A wide variety of car makes and models - including economy cars, sedans, and luxury SUVs - provides multiple options so that you can find the perfect rental for your holiday plans. Should you wish to narrow search results further, use the handy preference filters for added convenience.
Once you’ve made your final selection, reserve your rental and continue to the extra items page. From here you can purchase a handy add-on like an infant car seat, or simply proceed to secure instant confirmation.
If you need assistance along the way, call our friendly and knowledgeable customer care team any time, day or night.
Malta International Airport (MLA)
The only airport on the island of Malta, Malta International Airport serves the Maltese islands with international and domestic flights to and from cities like Barcelona, Frankfurt, and Rome. Upon arrival at Europe’s second best airport, you’ll find several retail and dining options to choose from, a games room and family room, have access to free WiFi, and more. When you’re ready to visit the sights of Malta, head to the Welcomers’ Hall to locate the keys to your rental at the appropriate car hire kiosk. If you’ve opted for an off-site rental pick up, use the taxi or bus service located in the Welcomers’ Hall to make your way to the relevant depot.
Guide to driving a rental car in Malta
Getting around Malta from Malta International Airport
Due to its geographically small size, one can easily access the entire island of Malta by car. From the southeast end at Malta Airport, drive 45 minutes northwest, and you’ll wind up at Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal. Or, take the number 1 north for 16 minutes, and you’ll find yourself at the Valletta City Gate. For specific directions and street names, we recommend hiring a GPS and carrying a paper road map of the island as a backup.
Driving tips for your Malta rental car
The Maltese are known to forego the rules of the road, but that doesn’t mean you should too. Keep a cool head and read ahead for some handy driving tips.
● Drive on the left-hand side of the road.
● Speed and distance are measured in kilometres.
● Cell phones must be kept in hands-free mode while driving.
● Some city roads are narrow, so be extra cautious around tight corners.
● Traffic will be busiest during the weekday morning and evening rush hours.
● Check out our tips for a foreign road trip.
Parking options at Malta Airport and in Malta
Malta Airport has parking for both short and long-term stays. At the parking lot entrance, take a ticket from the dispenser and pay inside by credit card. Keep the paid ticket with you as you will need it to exit the parking lot. Parking is permitted in spaces indicated for ‘Blue Badge’ holders.
While both on-street parking and parking lots are available on the island, it can be difficult to find a spot, especially in high-tourist areas. However, many localities offer the convenience of a park and ride option located just outside city walls. Should you choose this option, you can park your rental and walk, or take the shuttle bus into the city.
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