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Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Europe

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour and Boat Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Europe

From US$ 24.19 per person

Explore the island of Malta and its most visited heritage sites on an open-top bus tour. With our boat tours you can admire stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea.

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Valid 1 - 2 days
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Spanish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Maltese, Russian


  • Explore the historic island of Malta on an open top bus tour
  • Discover fortified settlements including Mdina and the Three Cities
  • Visit the stunning Blue Grotto Caves
  • Hop off at Marsaxlokk - a traditional fishing village
  • Drive through Mosta with it's domed church
Full description

Get a taste of the unique island of Malta on a bus tour and boat tour. Discover over 7,000 years of history as you drive past heritage sites, popular attractions, and beautiful natural landscapes.  Running during the summer months of the year (May onwards), the hop-on hop-off route starts from Bugibba, passing through Qawra and St Julian's and on to Malta’s capital city Valletta. You'll then make your way south where you will be able to experience and visit historic temples and sights along the way. Following your stop at the Blue Grotto, the tour heads back up north and inland stopping at Roman sites and points of interest and then back to Bugibba via Golden Bay on the North-West coast. With over 30 stops and 50 points of interest along the route, discover this Maltese Island like never before. Experience key sights including the Mosta Church and Dome; Ta’Qali Craft Village; and Rabat with many Roman Sites such as the restored Roman Villa, St Agatha’s Catacombs, and the medieval town of Mdina. Enjoy the famous 'Three Cities' and the Tarxien Temples believed to be built around 3000 BC. Marsaxlokk is a traditional and picturesque fishing village that is sure to delight you. Take the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Grotto. You will discover plenty of things to do on this island tour. Plus you can combine your hop-on-hop-off tour with a harbor cruise. Summer hop-on hop-off stops may include: • Bugibba Jetty • Malta National Aquarium • Qawra Seafront • Spinola Bay, • St. Julians • Sliema Ferries • Valleta – City Centre • Valletta Waterfront • The Three Cities • Vittoriosa Marsaxlokk • Fishing Village • Blue Grotto • Hagar Qim Temples & Mnajdra Temples Ta • Q'ali • Mosta • Mdina • Rabat • Golden Bay

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Harbor cruise
  • Attraction tickets
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

You can start/end your hop-on hop-off bus tour at any of the allocated stops. For the boat cruise, the departure point is Sliema Ferry Terminal (bus stop 17 on both routes).

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • You can hop off at any of the stops along the way and rejoin a later loop if you are within the operating times
  • All vouchers are valid for 12 months. The boat tour can be taken up to 5 days from when you take the bus tour
  • South Route runs every Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday and the North Route runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
  • North Route departure times from Stop N1: 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM
  • South Route departure times from Stop S10: 9:05 AM, 10:05 AM, 11:05 AM, 12:05 PM, 1:05 PM, 2:05 PM
  • Mobile vouchers: Sliema Ferries (stop 17) or Valletta Waterfront Terminus (stop 20). Paper tickets are accepted at all stops
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.4 /5

based on 194 reviews

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Good experience to see the whole island. First downside already find the right bus company because there is the malta and the european brief 30min to explain to the sellers and to find the place where to take it (too bad). Lots of people so difficult to choose your place at the top. Afterwards, thanks to the headphones that you take when you get on the bus, everything is explained during the ride. Avoid extreme heat because upstairs during stops or traffic jams it is hot. We were lucky enough to be able to do the two southern and northern routes (red and blue). Overall we enjoyed it.

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August 20, 2022

The activity is very good, especially if you have little time to see Malta, and you need to take advantage of the time. Both things are worth it, especially the cruise, because you can see the island from another perspective. The heat was horrible, we caught a day with a lot of temperature and humidity, and it is necessary to wear a cap or a hat, otherwise it is impossible. On the bus they sell cold water, and it is appreciated. It would be nice if the bus would run more often, we missed the bus for a matter of minutes and had to wait an hour for the next one.

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August 11, 2022

This tour started off on a negative note, as it was not what I was expecting from a hop on hop off service. Our driver, Peter, informed us of this at pick up and I was disappointed, especially after we had called the company and they had not explained any of this divergence to us. So, I suggest you update your website with what you actually provide and increase the duration time, since it took us closer to 7 hours and not the 4.5 stated on your info. Nevertheless, I am pleased to say, Peter was extremely nice and a fountain of info, which made the whole tour with him extrememley pleasant and worthwhile. In summary, thank you very much Peter, you made it happen!

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March 4, 2022

Product ID: 30716