Hop-on hop-off tour

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Europe
Hop-on hop-off tour

Malta: Malta Island Bus Tour with Optional Boat Tour

Activity provider: City Sightseeing Europe

From US$ 26.80 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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English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Danish, Finnish, Maltese, Dutch


  • 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.

North Route Stops:

• Bugibba (Topaz Hotel / Gillieru Hotel)

• Bugibba Jetty (Seatrips Outlet)

• Bugibba Centre (Opposite HSBC)

• Bugibba (Santana Hotel)

• Malta National Aquarium

• Qawra Palace Hotel

• Qawra Seafront

• Bellavista Hotel, Qawra

• Mediterraneo Marine Park

• ITS Roundabout (Radisson & Corinthia Hotels)

• St George's Bay, St Julians (City Sightseeing Route Stage)

• Westin Dragonara, St Julians

• Hilton Roundabout, St Julians

• Spinola Bay, St Julians

• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church)

• Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel)

• Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage & Stop For Harbour Cruise)

• Opposite Bayview Hotel (CitySightseeing Outlet)

Valletta - City Center

Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For South Route)

• San Anton Gardens

• Ta Qali - Aviation Museum

• Mosta Church

• Mdina Main Gate

• Rabat - Domus Romana

• Golden Bay

South Route Stops:

• ITS Roundabout

• St Georges Bay, St Julians (CSS Route Stage)

• Westin Dragonara, St Julians

• Hilton, St Julians

• Spinola Bay,St Julians

• Balluta Bay (Opp Balluta Church)

• Sliema Seafront (Opposite Preluna Hotel)

• Sliema Ferries (City Sightseeing Route Stage and Stop For Harbour Cruise) Opposite Bayview Hotel

• Valletta City Center

• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route)

• Tarxien Temples

• Vittoriosa Waterfront

• Marsaxlokk - Fishing Village

• Pretty Bay (Birzebbugia)

• Blue Grotto

• Hagar Qim Temples and Mnajdra Temples  

• Valletta City Center

• Valletta - Malta Experience, Knights Hospital War Museum, and Fort St Elmo

• Valletta Waterfront Terminus (Change For North Route)

  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour
  • Harbor cruise
  • Attraction tickets

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Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

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 must be taken within 24 hours of the bus tour being validated
  • 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 239 reviews

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All in all it was a great trip and the info received from the audio guide were interesting. Just a few things, I hope the companies would change/amend: - please upload as a PDF your bus schedule on GetYouGuide - it saves time for the traveler - check the conditions of the busses, especially the seats (there were no cushions - update the headphones, their quality is so bad, that one can't properly understand the audio guide

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October 4, 2022

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

Product ID: 30716