The famous St.Peter's Pool in Malta. Superb place for a swim.

How to Rent a Car in Malta

If you want to see everything that Malta has to offer in a short time – rent a car! Maltese traffic has a notorious reputation, but if you’re a confident driver, renting a car is the best option the explore Malta and its sister island, Gozo. Read on to catch the best tips on car rentals in Malta. 

Why You Should Rent a Car in Malta

Malta might be a small country with a total land area of 316 km². But this fantastic archipelago right in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea is home to some of the world’s top-rated holiday destinations. There are just too many bucket-list worthy places to miss in this tiny archipelagic country. If you like more autonomy with your time and location, it would be wise to rent a car.

Some of Malta’s highlights include Ggantija Temples, a neolithic structure older than the Stonehenge. The idyllic hilltop town Mdina deserves your visit as much as the picturesque islands of Gozo and Comino. Many travelers consider Gozo’s capital Victoria as an open-air museum with its countless historical attractions such the fortified old city called Citadel, the Casa Bernard, Wignacourt Museum, and the parish church of Saint Paul.

Where and How to Rent a Car in Malta

It’s quite easy to find a car for rent in Malta. You can find cars available for rent at the airport and major tourist areas. You can reserve a vehicle with either a local or international agency.

There’s also an option to rent an ultra-budget car that doesn’t have an air-conditioning system. Just be sure to use an online booking and rate comparison app to find the best deals.

You can do your booking online, or you can visit the car rental service provider only when you arrive in the country. You also have the option to have the car delivered to your hotel, or you can pick it up when you arrive at the airport. Car hire agents will usually check the car and make sure it doesn’t have any pre-existing damage. Car agencies usually need you to pay the reservation fee just in case of fines or damages.

The harbor of Kalkara Bay at night in Malta. Photo by Piritta/Bizarre Globe Hopper 2018.

Seasonal Car Rental Rates

The cost of renting a car in Malta depends on the season. However, if you book ahead of time, you’ll be able to take advantage of huge discounts and other early booking freebies.

Car rental rates are higher during the peak seasons July to September. To give you a quick glance at the rates, here’s a sample estimate of a daily rent for a small economy car for rent:

  • January & February – €10
  • March – €12
  • April, May & June – €15
  • July & August – €25 – €30
  • September – €20
  • October – €16
  • November & December – €11

As for the fuel, diesel cost €1 to €2 per liter and unleaded petrol is €1.30-€2 per liter. Before you book online, discuss with the agency about other charges for the car you have rented. This might include the pickup or dropoff location and insurances.

Perks of Renting a Car in Malta

Considering Malta’s small land area, you might be tempted to just take the public transport. Yes, it’s practical to commute if you’re a resident. But if you’re a traveler, it makes perfect sense to rent a car for the following reasons:

● More autonomy with location – Renting a car gives you more freedom to visit wherever you want to visit. You can stay in a place for as long as you want. You can even take your car with you on a ferry going to Gozo.
● Time freedom – With your rental car, you’re free to go anywhere anytime. You can avoid the rush hour and spend your time anywhere you want.
● Savings – If you’re traveling during peak seasons, the cost of public transport can also increase. By opting to rent a car, you can actually stretch your budget.
● Travel with convenience and style – Aside from visiting natural attractions, you’ll enjoy the chance of traveling with style when you visit museums, hotels, cities, and towns in Malta.

The famous St.Peter's Pool in Malta. Superb place for a swim. Photo by Piritta/Bizarre Globe Hopper 2018.
A postcard view from the famous (and over-populated) Blue Lagoon in Malta. Photo by Piritta/Bizarre Globe Hopper 2018.

Additional Tips Before Renting a Car in Malta

Before signing a deal with a car rental agency, check the state of the car. Read the fine print of your terms and conditions to ensure that there are no hidden charges. Know if you have the option to hire a driver. If you need to drive the car yourself, make sure to do your own research about the traffic rules of Malta.

Maltese Road Law Enforcement Tips

If you choose to drive the car, you hired, be sure to know the Maltese road laws. Doing this will save you from incurring fines. Specifically, the following are the most important ones you need to take note:
● Stick to the acceptable speed limit of 60 to 70 km/h. There are hidden speed cameras installed strategically within the city and the countryside.
● Police frequently patrol urban areas. They also put up checkpoint areas for illegal substances and drunk driving.
● Malta’s Highway Code is basically patterned after the British Highway Code.
● Parking assistants overlooking parking areas in public areas are usually licensed by the Malta Transport Authority.
● Malta follows the left-hand drive traffic rule, which they got from the British.

Renting a car in Malta might just be the best decision you can make to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable holiday. With your rental car, you can find ways to go out of the ordinary, as well as enjoy more freedom with your location and time while exploring Malta.

This post is written by a guest blogger, Ed Lansink. He is the founder and editor of Malta Uncovered, a travel guide for curious travelers looking to discover Malta. He’s a passionate tourist-turned-expat who wants to put Malta on the map as a top holiday destination for travelers all over the world.

Are you planning to rent a car in Malta? If you’re a confident driver, renting a car is the best option the explore Malta and its sister island, Gozo. Read on to catch the best tips on car rentals in Malta!

Ralph, the spaniel dog at the pond.

How to Travel With A Dog: Tips for Traveling Dog Owners

When you’re traveling with a dog, you need to choose destinations, hotels, restaurant, tours, and activities that are dog-friendly. Plan carefully, check airline pet policies before booking flights and remember to pack for your pooch. Read on for inspiration and tips on how to travel with your dog!

Take Your Dog on the Adventure of a Lifetime

Vacations are planned for children every year. Dogs should have vacations too! If you’re a dog lover or dog owner who loves to travel and go on adventures, then perhaps you should bring your dog along for the ride!

It’s not necessary to leave your dog at home alone when you travel. You could bring him along for the adventure or create an adventure specifically for him. Why should your best friend be stuck at a kennel while you’re having the time of your life on the road? Bring that tail-wagging wanderluster along for the ride and share the adventure of a lifetime together!

Not only would it be a good bonding experience for both of you, but it would also help you stay active together. Your dog would get to have a life outside of the house, you’d get to have an exercise buddy, and you wouldn’t have to feel guilty about leaving your furry friend at home while you’re out exploring the world.

Famous Traveling Dogs

Have you heard of the tale of Gobi, the stray mutt who chose her owner while following him on an ultra-marathon in the Gobi Desert? How about Roadside Paco, the dog who almost got run over accidentally by an adrenaline lover and ended up becoming his road dog for life?

These are tales of dogs that became their owner’s trusted travel companions. Those stories are also about active dogs and their owners. Getting inspired? Great, let’s uncover the secrets of dog travel!

Before Your First Dog-Friendly Trip

Traveling with a dog isn’t always that easy. Unless you have a camper, you’ll have to find dog-friendly accommodations and tether him outside when you’re entering an establishment that doesn’t permit dogs.

Luckily, some online businesses including Bring Fido are an excellent travel resource for pet-friendly places. The site lists dog-friendly hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, beaches, hiking trails, tours – you name it. It’s a useful resource for everyone traveling with a dog.

Obviously, a doggy vacation needs to be an outdoor one because:
A) What dog would want to see a museum, and
B) What museum would allow a dog inside?

You and your dog both deserve to have an adventure-filled vacation with beautiful sights, smells, and picture-worthy backgrounds. If you’re traveling with a dog, plan your adventures accordingly.

Naturally, your dog needs a passport and vaccinations. Make sure to pack also other things, like towels, extra leash, medicines, etc. Check that your dog’s identification tag is up to date.

One more thing before your planned take-off: does your dog have an Instagram account? He might want to pose for some cool shots for his followers to see!

Air Travel With a Dog

If you’re flying to your destination, make sure you’re aware of the general airline rules for traveling with a pet. Always check the airline’s pet policies and restrictions before booking a flight.

Smaller dogs can sometimes fit in a carrier under the seat, while larger dogs usually have to be checked into the cargo area in a crate. The latter can be stressful for an anxious dog. Therapy and service dogs can fly with their handlers on board, but this designation is for certified animals only.

Check with the airlines to find out their policies, fees and required forms before you book air travel with your dog. You might need to pick a dog-friendly airline to smoothen the adventure for your doggie.

Not all of us are as lucky as the Japanese, who now have the Wan Wan Jet Tour package from Japan Airlines. The three-day tour gives passengers the luxury to fly with their dogs, stay in pet-friendly accommodations, ride in rented cars and even eat at restaurants together. Maybe one day, other countries and airlines will get on board.

Dog-Friendly Road Trip

If you live close enough to your destination, driving would be the best option for you and your pet. Besides, who doesn’t love a good road trip?

First, you’ll want to prepare your car for the trip. This could mean having a dog bowl on the floor of the back seat or trunk (if you have an SUV/hatchback), a seat cover to keep fur from shedding onto the upholstery, and a harness to keep your doggie buckled in.

Your dog might be the type that loves to stick his head out of a window, so you can provide a lift if she’s a wee one. Just make sure she’s fastened to a seatbelt, so she doesn’t jump out the window.

A crate might be necessary for some dogs. Your lap is never a safe place for the dog during a road trip. Car safety for dogs is just as important as safety for humans, and some state laws are stricter than others. Remember to make frequent bathroom stops, and never leave your pup alone in a hot car.

Be Active Together

When choosing an adventure, you can make the journey the destination, meaning that getting to your destination can be a journey in and of itself. It is not only possible for active people to stay fit while traveling, but the activity can be built into the vacation spots.

Give your dog the exercise that he needs and have fun together! The activities listed below can be picked up along the way as part of your road stops if they’re not already part of the vacation destination.

Dog-Friendly Hiking

Find a hike that’s dog-friendly and safe for Rover to explore. REI has rounded up the top 7 dog-friendly hiking trails in the U.S., but you could also do an Internet search for trails closer to or on the way to your destination.

Not every hike is dog-friendly, and you’ll usually know when you enter the trailhead and are greeted by a “No dogs allowed” sign.

It may seem unnatural for an outdoor hike to forbid animals whose instinct is to be outside, but the fact remains that many national parks are maintained for human use. There’s the concern that dogs will leave their waste behind, have unfriendly encounters with other humans or wild animals, or stray off-trail into protected or dangerous territories. Anything goes in the unmanned wild, but not in government-managed hiking trails.

Trail Running

During a long car ride, it’s good to stop and stretch your legs. You and your pup can stop for a trail run to keep the blood pumping and the muscles from cramping. Riding in a car all day and remaining sedentary isn’t healthy for either of you, and your dog’s bladder will appreciate the relief. Like hiking, you’ll need to find a trail that allows dogs.

Kayaking and Surfing With Dogs

Why not try a water sport with your dog instead, especially on a hot day? If you find yourself driving by a lake that offers kayaking, make a pit stop/activity break.

Dogs can go kayaking if they’re wearing a flotation device, and they can even jump into the water for a swim to cool off. It might take a little adjusting to get your Princess comfortable, but once she’s on board, she’ll never want to get off that boat.

You can surf with your dog, too! It’s best that you’re a skilled surfer and your dog is calm, fearless and trainable. With practice, it could turn into a new hobby for those who live near a beach.

Final Revelation on Dog Travel

The hardest part of traveling with a dog is getting started. Your first adventure will teach you both a lot. So, plan carefully and take a small adventure for starters: the first trip is always the hardest.

If you’re already a dog travel expert, please share your doggie travel tips and tricks with us in the comments below!

This guest post is written by Zack Spring who travels everywhere with his beloved dog, Ralph, who especially loves to run, play, and to look out the window as they drive down the highways. Check more of his tips for exercising while traveling from his blog, TravelFit.


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