Interesting facts and ideas for your own trip to the Maltese Islands
- Regular berth: Valletta Waterfront
- Regular berth: Pinto Wharf
- Regular berth: Boilers Wharf (Senglea)
- Port shuttle: not available/needed
- Taxis: in der Regel an den Anlegestellen verfügbar
- Buses: well developed bus line network
- Rental car*: Sixt, at the airport
- Rental car*: Hertz, at the airport
- Rental car*: Avis, am Flughafen
- Rental car*: Budget, at the berth Valletta Waterfront
- Post Office: Street Triq in-Nofsinhar
- Tourist Information: Merchants Street 229
- Banks and ATMs: at the berth and in Republic Street
- Berths of the Cruise Liners
The island state has been independent since 1964 and consists mainly of the three main rocky islands Malta, Gozo and Comino. A few uninhabited small islands join them. The majority of the population now lives in Valletta and the surrounding municipalities. Malta has had a turbulent past in which various peoples such as the Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, and most recently the English have left their mark. The famous Order of Malta has also had a great influence on the history and design of the archipelago. Due to the huge and worth seeing fortifications, the entrance to the natural harbour of Valletta is already a small experience. Cruise ships of well-known shipping companies call at the Grand Harbour in the capital of Malta and usually moor at the Valletta Cruise Terminal (Waterfront), respectively at the Pinto Wharf. A total of three berths are available there for smaller cruise ships, which in turn are close together. If two larger ships have already moored there, the Boilers Wharf in Senglea is often used as an alternative for another cruiser. Directly at the main jetty, the Valletta Waterfront promenade offers small shops, restaurants, cafés and a tourist information office. Furthermore, one can start a trip with the Hop On Hop Off Bus, the taxi and/or with one of the horse carriages close to the berth for exploring the city and/or the island. The latter are also called Karozzin and cost 50 euros per hour for up to four people. Thirty minute fares are also available and are charged at 25 Euros.
- Senglea Berth
Located in Grand Harbour and almost opposite the cruise pier of Valletta, you will find the city and peninsula of Senglea. If the piers of the capital are occupied, the former shipyard area on the western side of Senglea is often used as an additional berth for cruise ships. The 460-metre-long quay wall of Boilers Wharf can easily accommodate even the newest and largest ships. To get to Valletta from there, for example, you can use the public buses of line 1, which leave every 20 minutes during the day from the small Isla Bus Terminus bus terminal about 600 metres away. The destination is the central bus terminal Main Terminus outside Valletta, which is reached after a journey time of about 30 minutes. Ferry boats also cross the harbour basin. The ferry pier in Senglea is about 1.7 kilometres from the cruise ship berth there. This route can be covered on foot and takes about 25 minutes in each direction.
Public transport in Malta is provided exclusively by modern and air-conditioned buses. From the central bus station Main Terminus, which is located in Floriana at the gate to the old town of Valletta, buses of various lines of the operator Malta Public Transport depart and connect numerous localities. The tickets required for use are available from the driver on the bus, cost 1.50 euros and are valid for two hours. Within this time you can also change buses. During the summer season from mid-June to mid-October there is a surcharge of 50 cents. For the use of the night buses, 3 euros per person are charged. There are various chip cards available in advance, with which one can travel at a lower price. As the cards are valid for several days, only the 12 Single Day Journeys Card is of interest for crusaders. This multiple card entitles to a total of 12 single journeys, can be used by several people and costs 15 Euro. For example, two people can make six joint journeys together.
Besides the bus network, there is also a ferry connection between the islands of Malta and Gozo, more precisely between the towns of Cirkewwa and Mgarr. The ferries run around the clock and leave every 45 minutes during the day. For both directions, i.e. there and back, you pay 4,65 Euro per person, children from 3-12 years pay 1,15 Euro and with a rental car* you pay 15,70 Euro (vehicle + driver). From both ferry ports you can also reach the small island of Comino which lies in between. This however only during the day from 09:00-18:00 and with smaller boats. Destinations on Comino are the Blue Lagoon and Santa Maria Bay. The return tickets for there and back cost 10 Euro per person. Children under 10 years of age pay 5 Euro. Buses of the lines X1, X1A, X1B, 41, 42, 101, 221, 222 and 250 take you to the ferry port in Cirkewwa. For the use of the buses on the island of Gozo the same conditions apply as on Malta.
- Taxi and Water Taxi
Other means of transport available at the berth include taxis, which are painted white and equipped with a taximeter. Although this is normally used, you should still discuss the expected costs with the driver before you start your journey. With some skill, the fares are negotiable. From the airport there are fixed prices to various destinations on the island. There are also hourly island tours that follow a fixed route. For example, a two-hour tour currently costs 52 euros. Beside the white taxis, there are also some black painted vehicles on the way that drive a little cheaper, but can only be used after ordering by phone. The colourful traditional wooden boats are used as a kind of water taxi. The so-called Dghajsa's (Die-Sa) partly strongly remind on the Venetian gondolas and can be booked and used for simple crossings and round trips.
- Sightseeing Tours
Malta can be comfortably explored with one of the famous red buses of City Sightseeing. For this purpose, two different routes are operated according to the Hop On Hop Off principle, where you can get on and off at any stop with a valid ticket. On the North Tour the Blue Tour buses run every 30 minutes from 08:00-14:30. A complete round trip takes about 210 minutes and has 26 stops. In contrast, the southern tour of the Red Line is a little bit shorter with 9 stops. Here the buses run from 09:45-15:45 and every 45 minutes. You can plan a good 135 minutes for one round without getting off. During the trip, one gets some interesting explanations to the sightseeings over headphones in German. A ticket for children between 5 and 14 years costs 12 euros each and from the age of 15 years, one pays 20 euros per person.
- Barrakka Lift and Alternative
The difference in altitude from the mooring to the city centre is enormous and the easiest way to overcome it is with the Barrakka Lift, which opened in 2012. It has a maximum capacity of 21 people, covers a distance of 58 metres in 23 seconds and goes to the Upper Barrakka Garden. A previous elevator stood at the same place, was dismantled in 1983 and ran from 1905 to 1973. The ride in one of the two cabins costs 1 Euro per person. So you can go daily from 07:00-21:00 o'clock, once up and also down again, whereby no ticket is needed for the departure. From June to October the lift is in operation three hours longer, until 24:00 o'clock. For children under 10 years of age the use is free of charge. Those who do not want to queue at the ticket machine and do something for their fitness can also use the adjacent staircase free of charge. Alternatively, you can use the lifts of the MCP parking garage at the Triton fountain, near the city gate. To get there, you have to go through a narrow and badly lit tunnel that starts in the cruise port and is marked with a small sign saying "MCP Car Park". The tunnel entrance is located near the shelter of the waiting horse-drawn carriages at a zebra crosswalk.
- Upper Barrakka Gardens
By using the Barrakka elevator, most cruise guests on their way to the city center will encounter a small green area and see some of the sights of the city after a short time. This was first laid out in 1661 and was for a long time the private garden of the local Knights of St. John. It was only in 1824 that it was opened to the public. Besides various plants, there are several memorial plaques and works of art in the form of statues and busts of prominent personalities along the paths. From the Upper Barrakka Gardens there is also an excellent view of the Grand Harbour and the historic Three Cities Senglea, Vittorosia and Cospicua. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are open 24 hours a day and free of charge. Another park, the Lower Barrakka Gardens are located to the northeast at a distance of about 600 meters.
- Saluting Battery
Originally used exclusively for military defence purposes, a level below the Upper Barrakka Gardens is another historic site that can be seen and sometimes heard. One of the Saluting Battery cannons on site is still fired every day at 12:00 and 16:00. This tradition has been maintained since 1820 and was originally used to synchronise the chronographs on the ships. From the viewing platform of the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the spectacle, which begins 15 minutes earlier, can be observed easily and free of charge. But as the rush is usually quite big, one should be there in time. Moreover, a small museum brings the visitor closer to the former procedures. The separate access to the exhibition and to the cannons is possible daily from 10:00-17:00 o'clock and costs 2 euros per person. Children up to the age of 16 years do not pay any entrance fee when accompanied by an adult. German-language audio guides cost one euro extra each and guided tours are available exclusively in English at 11:00, 12:10 and 15:00.
- Historical Old Town and Shopping
The historic and listed old town is not far from the moorings of the cruise ships in the Grand Harbour and is easily accessible on foot. A shuttle bus is not available and is not necessary to reach the fortified city centre. Valletta itself covers an area of less than one square kilometre. This is why the most important sightseeings are not very far from each other, but during the walks one comes across some strong ascents and descents. The shopping street Republic Street that starts at the city gate (City Gate) is straight through the whole city up to the Fort St. Elmo and is mainly announced as pedestrian zone. There, in the side streets and in the Merchants Street that runs parallel, many shops, boutiques, cafés and restaurants have open.
- City Gate and Parliament Building
The modern main entrance to Valletta has changed several times over the years. For example, the first city gate, called Bieb il-Belt or just City Gate, was already integrated into the mighty walls in 1569. In front of it a wooden bridge was built which was soon massively redesigned. Further alterations to the City Gate followed in 1633, 1853, 1965 and finally in 2014, in which the surrounding area was also included and extensively modernised. The slightly futuristic New Parliament Building is located directly at the new city gate. After a construction period of around four years, it was ceremonially opened in 2015 and has swallowed a proud 90 million euros in construction costs up to that point. To visit the plenary hall, you usually have to stand in line, but the inner courtyard is easily accessible for everyone.
- Royal Opera House and Pjazza Teatru Rjal
Right next to the New Parliament Building, the ruins of the former Royal Opera House can be discovered. After five years of construction, the Opera House was first ceremonially opened in 1866 and was subsequently used intensively until a serious incident occurred. A fire that broke out in 1873 destroyed the entire interior and shut down operations for a whole four years. A few decades later, in 1942, the building was finally almost completely destroyed in an air raid. It was not rebuilt and most of the area was converted into a parking lot. Finally it was decided to convert the ruin into an open-air theatre. The so originated Pjazza Teatru Rjal was inaugurated in 2013 and has 897 seats, from which the numerous performances can be well watched.
- National Archaeological Museum (National Museum of Archeology)
Not far from Pjazza Teatru Rjal, on Republic Street, in the house Auberge de Provence, you will find the National Archaeological Museum. The historic building was built in 1571 and was originally used by the Knights of the Order of St. John. Since 1974 the premises have been made available to the current museum, which displays exhibits from the Neolithic Age of Malta (5000 BC) to the Phoenician period (400 BC). Highlights include the Venus of Malta, the followers of Horus and Anubis, and definitely the Sleeping Lady, a 12.2 cm long alabaster national symbol of Malta. During construction work, an ancient sacral complex was discovered by chance, in which the small figure was then also found. Its age is estimated at around 5000 years. The Archaeological Museum is open daily from 09:00-18:00. In January and February it closes one hour earlier and the last admission is 30 minutes before closing time. Adults pay 5 euros per person for admission, teenagers from 12-17 years pay 3.50 euros each and children from 6-11 years pay 2.50 euros. Infants up to the age of 5 are admitted to the exhibition free of charge.
- St. John's Co-Cathedral
Coming from the city gate and following Republic Street, after about 350 meters you will reach St. John's Co-Cathedral on the right side. The outwardly rather unspectacular looking building was finally finished in the year 1578 after a construction time of approximately five years and from then on, it served the archbishop as a second seat beside the main cathedral St. Paul that is located in Mdina. Hence the addition "Co" to the name. In contrast to the façade, the interior was very magnificently decorated, which took another 100 years until the final completion. For example, the artistically designed ceiling vault and the 375 decorated marble slabs in the floor of the nave, which cover the graves of some important knights, are worthy of mention. The cathedral and its museum are open to visitors from Monday to Friday from 09:30-16:30 and on Saturday from 09:30-12:30. It is closed on Sundays and public holidays. The entrance fee is 10 euros per person. Children up to the age of 12 years are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a fully paying adult. The entrance fee includes audio guides, who among other things are proficient in the German language. Stilettos and high heels are not allowed and appropriate clothing is generally required. Photography without flash is permitted. Since a maximum of 52 visitors are allowed in the building at any one time, you should expect waiting times at the entrance.
- Grand Master Palace and Armoury
A few metres further on you will find the Grandmaster Palace Courtyard, which in the past served as the official residence of various rulers and where the Maltese Parliament met until 2015. The massive building was erected in 1575 and with its floor plan of 97x83 metres it is one of the largest buildings in Valletta. When there are no state receptions, a large part of the palace is now open to the public and some impressive rooms can be visited. The Grand Master's Palace also has an interesting armoury, the Palace Armoury, which was the first public museum in Malta in 1860. In 1976 the museum moved to the disused stables on the ground floor. Today an extensive collection of various weapons and armour from the 16th to the 18th century is on display there. A total of around 6000 exhibits are on display. The museum is open daily from 09:00-17:00. The entrance fee of 10 euros per person includes audio guides who are able to give explanations in six different languages, including German. Children up to the age of 5 years are admitted free of charge and from 6 to 11 years of age 5 euros are payable. Persons aged 12 to 17 years have to pay 2 euros more. The price for adults applies from the age of 18. The tickets are valid for a visit to the armoury and for the authorized areas of the Grand Master's Palace.
- Is-Suq Tal-Belt (Valletta Food Market)
The Is-Suq tal-Belt market hall, newly opened in January 2018, is located on Merchants Street and borders the Grand Master's Palace to the southeast. Originally used as an open, unbuilt market place, the first building was erected on this site in 1784 and was significantly extended around 1860. However, during the air raid of 7 April 1942, the building suffered severe damage and about a third of the structure was removed. Further alterations and extensions were carried out in 1970, but could not stop the declining interest in the market. In 2016 a new start was made and extensive renovation work was started, which required almost two years. Old existing elements were combined with new ones to create a respectable building, which today houses various food stands in the basement and restaurants on the ground floor. The top floor is mainly used for cultural events and the Is-Suq Valley Belt is open daily from 07:00-23:00.
- Lower Barrakka Gardens
In the St. Christopher's Bastion, located at the Grand Harbour, there is a further park and garden. As one of the few green spaces of Valletta, the Lower Barrakka Gardens were created at the end of the 18th century. Today, the area, which was laid out by French troops, invites to relax and also offers a beautiful view to the front harbour. The mighty temple-like monument is dedicated to the British Admiral Alexander Ball, who became famous as the first Governor of Malta. On the open space between the arcades, events and small concerts take place from time to time. There is no entrance fee and public toilets are available.
- Siege Bell War Memorial
Already when entering the beautiful natural harbour of Malta, the Siege Bell War Memorial cannot be overlooked. The imposing rotunda was built in 1992 on a former artillery position and commemorates the victims of the Second World War. Every day and punctually at noon at 12:00 the mighty cast-iron bell is set in motion. At this time one should not be directly on site, as it gets very loud. From the platform there is a good view of the Grand Harbour and the opposite "three cities" Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Senglea. The direct way to the monument, leading from the moorings along the shore, is about 1.2 kilometers long and can be done in 15 to 20 minutes.
- Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum
An important part of the powerful fortifications of Valletta is the Fort St. Elmo, strategically placed at the entrance to the port. Built between 1670 and 1693, it is centrally located between the ports of Grand Harbour and Marsamxett Harbour. In the past, the fort was involved in serious conflicts, was damaged, repaired and also expanded several times. Today, the National War Museum is located within the huge fortification complex beside the police school. The War Museum shows interesting exhibits from the early Bronze Age around 2500 BC up to Malta's accession to the European Union. The exhibition can be visited daily and is open from 09:00 am. From the beginning of April to the end of September it closes at 18:00, and from October to March at 17:00. Admission closes half an hour before closing time. Adults pay 10 euros admission per person, young people from 12 to 17 years pay 7.50 euros each and children from 6 to 11 years pay 5.50 euros. Infants are admitted free of charge. On Sundays the In-Guardia Parade usually starts at 11:00 a.m. with about 90 participants in historical uniforms. On these days the museum will open at 12 o`clock.
- Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni
South of the moorings, about 4.4 kilometres away, there is an old underground temple complex, which is unique in Europe due to its completely good state of preservation. The Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni was discovered by chance during construction work in 1899, kept secret for another three years and is now around 5000 years old. On an area of 500 square metres, 33 rooms are distributed over three floors, which are located up to about 11 metres below the surface of the earth. In addition to numerous bone finds, jewellery and various figurines were also discovered. The Sleeping Lady, for example, is one of the most famous of the finds and can now be viewed at the Archaeological Museum in Valletta. Parts of the interesting complex can only be visited on a guided tour. To preserve the murals, surfaces and structures, daily access is strictly regulated. Thus only a maximum of 10 people per hour, for a maximum of 8 hours a day, are allowed. Normally, however, only 6 guided tours are conducted per day. A tour costs 35 euros each for adults. For children and teenagers aged 12 to 17 years, 20 euros per person are charged and children aged 6 to 11 years pay 15 euros each. Infants up to 5 years of age are admitted free of charge. Buses of the lines 81, 82, 83, 84 and 88 start at the central bus station in Valletta and stop near the excavation site. The journey time by bus for one direction is about 20 to 25 minutes.
- Temple of Tarxien
A few hundred meters from the Ħal-Saflieni Hypogeum there is another historical excavation site. In 1913, farmers accidentally discovered parts of the Temples of Tarxien, dating back to the Neolithic Age. First excavations began in 1915, lasted for about five years and uncovered the four parts of the site. A comprehensive reconstruction and restoration was carried out in 1956. Today, the Archaeological Museum exhibits a large number of finds. The temple complex is open daily from 09:00-17:00 and the last admission is always 30 minutes before closing time. Adults pay 6 euros per person for admission, teenagers from 12-17 years pay 4.50 euros each and children from 6-11 years pay 3.00 euros. Infants up to the age of 5 are admitted free of charge to the exhibition, which is itself designed barrier-free and can be accessed by wheelchairs up to a width of 62 centimetres. Buses of the lines 81, 82, 84, 85 and 88 stop near the temples of Tarxien.
The fishing village Marsaxlokk in the southeast of Malta is very popular with tourists. In ancient times the port was an important port of call for the Phoenicians and Romans, today there are numerous colourful fishing boats, the so-called Luzzus, swinging on the water. A good 70 percent of the country's fishermen do their work from here. In the contemplative little village is also the striking parish church of Our Lady of Pompei, whose construction was started in 1890. Only 20 years later, extensive renovation measures were carried out and the building was extended to include the side aisles and the choir. On the harbour promenade, there are numerous restaurants and a daily market is held where, among other things, different souvenirs, food and handmade art objects are offered. Every Sunday the number of traders increases and with it the hustle and bustle around the small harbour. Marsaxlokk is about 10 kilometres from the jetty and can be reached by taxi or rental car* in 15 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, bus lines 81 and 85 run from the central bus station in Valletta to the fishing village. Depending on the direction, the journey takes 35 to 40 minutes.
- The Blue Grotto and Viewing Platform
An impressive cave system can be found in the south of Malta. There are six caves in total and the largest of them is the Blue Grotto, which is about 90 metres long but is not accessible from land. The entrance area is marked by an enormous 50 meter high natural rock arch. Due to the blue-green algae that are present, the clear sea water shimmers in different shades of blue when the sun shines and depending on the angle of view, it is especially beautiful. In order to visit the Blue Grotto, one ideally uses one of the excursion boats that start their 30-minute round trips from a small, nearby village. At the moment, one pays 10 euros per person on the spot. Guided excursions to the Blue Grotto from Valletta are indeed expensive, but therefore, one does not have to care about the transfer. Otherwise, for the 14 kilometres from the moorings, by taxi or rental car*, one can expect a travel time of 20-25 minutes per direction. Bus line 74 also stops near the caves and takes about 45 to 50 minutes from Valletta. The Blue Wall and Grotto Viewpoint is located at the Panorama bus stop, from where you have a great view of the sea and the cliffs with their mighty rock arch.
- Temple of Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra
About 1.6 kilometres west of the Blue Grotto there are other historical excavation sites. To be more precise, these are the two temple complexes Ħaġar Qim and Mnajdra, which are connected to each other by a slab path about 500 meters long. During the construction, which took place between 3600 and 3200 B.C., megaliths, some of them very large, were used. The largest among them is 6.4 metres long, 3 metres high and weighs a whopping 20 tons. Another still standing megalith measures 5.2 meters high. Important finds from the temples are now kept in the National Archaeological Museum in Valletta and presented to the public. Among them is the 13 centimetre high terracotta figure of Venus of Malta. A souvenir shop and a small restaurant is integrated in the visitor centre of Ħaġar Qim. The temple complex can be visited daily and is open from 09:00 am. From the beginning of April to the end of September it is closed at 18:00, and from October to March at 17:00. Admission is always half an hour before closing time. Adults pay 10 euros admission per person, young people from 12 to 17 years pay 7.50 euros each and children from 6 to 11 years pay 5.50 euros. Infants are admitted free of charge.
Mdina, the former capital of Malta, is situated in the centre of a plateau in the western part of the island. Surrounded by thick fortress walls, this small town steeped in history exudes a very special charm and borders directly on the much larger neighbouring town of Rabat. In the 4000 year old Mdina only a few people live today, so the narrow alleys and streets are quite quiet and sometimes you feel as if you are transported back to the Middle Ages. Probably a reason why parts of the television series Game of Thrones were shot here. Also the cathedral St. Paul and the Mdina Cathedral Museum that is located beside it and that is opened from Monday to Saturday from 09:30-17:00 hrs. Admission closes at 16:15 hrs. Admission is free for children up to 11 years and persons from the age of 12 years pay 5 Euro each. Mdina is about 12 kilometres from Valletta and can be reached in about 40 minutes by bus lines 50, 51, 52, 53 and 56. By taxi or rental car* it takes about half the time for this route.
- Rotunda of Mosta
Only 4.5 kilometres north of Mdina is the municipality of Mosta. The local Roman Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary carries the fourth largest self-supporting church dome in the world. The only other more massive churches are St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome, the Cathedral in Florence and the Pantheon in Rome. The latter was also used as a model for the construction of the Rotunda in Mosta. The massive dome has an inner diameter of 36 metres. An event on April 9, 1942 is considered to be a miracle of Mosta. During an air raid an aerial bomb penetrated the church roof and landed on the church floor. A detonation did not occur and all 300 people inside the building remained unharmed. A model of the bomb can be seen in the church. In the War Museum in Valletta the original is exhibited in its defused state. The Rotunda is open for visits Monday to Saturday from 09:00-11:45 and from 15:00-17:00. On Saturdays it closes one hour earlier, at 16:00. During these times, admission costs 2 euros per person. From Valletta you can get to Mosta by bus lines 31, 41, 42, 44 and 45. The travel time is approximately 35 to 40 minutes in each direction. By taxi or rental car* it takes 15 to 20 minutes to cover the 12 kilometres much faster.
- Malta National Aquarium
In the northwest of the island, the Malta National Aquarium was opened in 2013. On an area of around 20,000 square metres, a wide variety of marine life is shown in numerous aquariums. Thematically subdivided into six sections: Malta's West Coast, Port of Valletta, Tropical Ocean, Roman Times, Gozo & Comino and Reptiles, you will get interesting insights into the underwater world of the Maltese Islands. In addition to an attached café and souvenir shop, a children's playground was also integrated. The Malta National Aquarium is open daily from 10:00-18:00. Children aged 4 to 12 years pay 7 Euro each for the entrance and from the age of 13 years on a single ticket costs 13,90 Euro per person. Family tickets for 2 adults with 2 children cost 39 Euro. The Aquarium can be reached from Valletta by bus lines 31, 45 and 48. By taxi or rental car*, you can take half an hour's drive for the 18 kilometres from the cruise ship's mooring and in each direction.
- Excursion Portals and Excursion Providers
Through the tour and excursion providers GetYourGuide*, Meine Landausflüge* and Viator*, you can book various excursions, activities, tours, tickets and admission tickets in Valletta, which are often offered at much lower prices than comparable excursions offered by the shipping companies. Thus, if you book well in advance, a large number of excursions can be arranged on your own.
A small pre-selection of independent tour operators offering excursions
for, in and around Valletta,
we have compiled for you here.
- Cruises and Special Offers
If you have not yet booked a Mediterranean Cruise, but would like to get to know Malta personally and go on excursions on your own, you will find great offers from the major cruise operators in the German-speaking world. Aida*, Costa* and Tui Cruises - Mein Schiff* offer attractive routes with their modern cruise ships, together with other interesting destinations. Book your next dream holiday directly with your favourite shipping company at fair conditions.
All ocean and river cruises can also be booked conveniently and inexpensively online with the sea travel specialist Kreuzfahrten-Zentrale Astoria*. This means that you can choose from a wide range of up-to-date offers from various shipping companies. These include AIDA Cruises, Carnival, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean and TUI Cruises. Also attractive are the popular special offers, with which one can travel at a particularly low price and possibly also get a great bargain.
- Opening hours of the museums: Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:00.
- Opening hours of the post office: Monday to Friday from 08:15-15:45, Saturday from 08:15-12:30
- Opening hours of the banks: Monday to Friday from 08:15-13:30
- Opening hours of the tourist information office: Monday to Saturday from 09:00-17:30. Sundays from 09:00-13:00.
- Opening hours of the shops: Monday to Saturday from 09:00-19:00. Sundays from 10:00-13:00, smaller shops are often closed from 13:00-16:00
- Country code: +356
- Taxi Valletta: Tel. +356 9997 7761 (Malta Taxi Valletta)
- Taxi Valletta: Tel. +356 7900 0005 (Taxi Cab Malta)
- Taxi Valletta: Tel. +356 2137 2137 (hicabs Malta)
- General emergency call: Tel. 112
- Police: Tel. 112
- Emergency doctor: Tel. 112
- Fire department: Tel. 112
- Recommended vaccination: Tropical Institute Malta
- German Embassy: Whitehall Mansions, 3rd floor, Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Ta' Xbiex XBX 1026
- Safety Instructions: Federal Foreign Office Malta
- Buses: Malta Public Transport
- Bus line network: Malta Network map
- City map: Valletta Map
- Climate table: Valletta Climate
- Port occupancy: Cruise ships in Valletta
- Official language: Maltese and English
- National currency: Euro, 1 EUR = 100 Cent
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