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Driving in MALTA

1 month ago

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, I travel to Malta during the week of 5-12 August and rent a car, the thing is that as you drive from the left, I want to know if anyone can advise me or comment on this new driving experience.

Thank you very much.

Andrew

12 replies
Australia
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1 month ago

In Australia we also drive on the left like Malta. Although I drive in France and as they drive on the right, it does take a little getting used to, (especially the first couple of roundabouts) but you soon work it out without any mishaps. Driving in Malta is pretty straight forward. We hired a car on Gozo and probably the most frustrating thing was lack of road signs and the GPS was useless at times.

We only used the car on Gozo and for the mainland used buses. Malta's public transport is excellent and goes to pretty much all the main sites, we didn't miss out on seeing anything we wanted to see. Their transport website is also very good and incredibly user friendly. I have included the transport link below just in case you decide not to drive-
https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/

Czech Republic
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1 month ago

Could I ask for information where you rented a car at Gozo? We travel to Gozo and we want a rent a car for few days.

Malta
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1 month ago

There are numerous car rental companies in Gozo. Just at the habour there is Hertz and Avis. The St. Patrick Hotel in Xlendi have their own car rental company attached. Some people rent their car right at the airport in Malta. There is also Sixt and Goldcar and many more. Furthermore we have a new car share company called GoTo. All the information should be available online too.

Malta
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1 month ago

Well, almost everything is opposite of what you know from all the countries where people drive on the right hand side. Always drive left, also around a roundabout. Whenever a place has no priority sign the rule is right before left. In the beginning just folow the locals and you will get a gist how to perform.

Spain
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1 month ago

I'm the same. From what I've been told, it takes less than half an hour to drive, and it's already changing your chip. Just be careful and focus on the lane because being on the right side of the car changes our perspective and you wouldn't be the first one to leave a mirror for miscalculating on narrow streets. I guess it'll be the most important advice.

Another acquaintance who has already been to Malta twice (he is a diver) told me that a vehicle seems essential to the island because of the autonomy it gives you.

Moreover, just follow the lead, which in Malta in August will have enough caravans (in urban settings).

In my case, I'm more concerned about that first half hour because I'll take the car at night and have no references or good visibility. But we need it because we've taken several lodgings across the archipelago and we'll have to carry our bags several times. And well... I was always excited to try the English driving style.

Say hello and enjoy the trip.

Malta
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1 month ago

In Malta people do not drive the English way of driving. They do it the caribbean way. If you would have ever rented a car in Barbados you would know the difference. However, if you are as disciplined as the English you will succeed

Malta
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1 month ago

Just bear in mind the left lane is the driving lane. On dual carrage way there are two lanes in either direction. The right lane is for overtaking. Once you are on a mainroad watch the signs above and choose the right lane according to your direction. Sometimes it is helpful to have a navigation, but in Malta it is not as precise as it should have been. Furthermore house numbers are often not visible.

United Kingdom
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1 month ago

I wouldn't drive there. I just cut my trip by 5 days it wasn't my cup of tea. I paid for a car with europcar which ripped me off and there was no where to drive everything you need is in one area and there are buses to everywhere else. They drive so badly over there and left right and centre there are cars smashed up. The whole trip was boring and extremely expensive

Belgium
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1 month ago

Hi, I'm experiencing the left driving for the first time.
It's quite easy to adapt yourself at this new mode of driving.
Just pay attention because the streets in Malta are narrow.
Try to always stay as much is possible on the right limit of the track.

Malta
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1 month ago

For a first time driver on the left hand side I would rather prefer Scotland to Malta. In Malta the traffic density is extremely high. This often means you move around with an average speed of about 20km an hour. Malta traffic is town traffic. Therefore you have to be extrememely patient during the day. Once you know the way driving is easy at night.

I'd advise an automated car.

Australia
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1 month ago

Petr, we hired our car from Mayjo Car Hire, we chose them as they were so highly regarded with reviews on the internet. Great rates, heaps better than the big companies and fantastic service. We stayed in Dukes Boutique Hotel and the car hire company was less than 300 metres down the road. By the way highly recommend this hotel, it was brilliant and only a 5 minute walk from the bus terminal.
Below is the link of the Mayjo Car Hire-
https://www.mayjocarhire.com/