I'm still debating whether it would be a smart thing to get a rental car for my upcoming 4-night stay in Malta. While I'm American, I am very used to driving a standard car on the left so that's not an issue. So far, for me personally, the pros I've identified for my situation out weigh the cons I've identified, but are they some significant negatives that I've not considered?
Greater flexibility to get to the range of places I want to get to without needing to wait for buses. I have limited time -- really only 3 1/2 days and want to get to several places around the island -- Hagar Qim, Marsaxlokk, Mdina, Rabat, Mosta, Blue Grotto. I know I can get to everywhere I want to get to by bus, but it isn't the most time efficient.
I won't have to pay for a transfer to my hotel on arrival. I get in really late and so the bus isn't an option for transfer to the hotel.
I think I can make much better use of my last morning if I have the car since I can take my luggage out with me rather than have to spend time to go back to the hotel midday to get my luggage and transport (bus or taxi) to the airport.
More expensive than the bus.
I'm staying in St. Julian's and my hotel doesn't have parking. The Portomaso car park apparently isn't far away, but I would of course have to pay. Can anyone confirm the price? I've been told about 7 euro per 24 hours. If so, that is very reasonable to me, and there is also the off chance I could find parking on the street.
While the company I'm considering renting from is open 24 hours at the airport, do I really want to be driving in Malta for the first time around midnight?
I likely won't use it every day, but it still makes sense to rent it for the full stay based on the pricing I've found and benefit of having it for transport from and to the airport. I've planned on focusing on Valletta for one day and will just take the bus that day.