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Visit Malta via Cruise

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Visit Malta via Cruise

We will visit Malta via a cruise ship in September ( 27th 7 AM - 17 PM).

Is it possible to hire a taxi at the harbour ?

What should we see?

How much would it cost?

Thank you for your help

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1. Re: Visit Malta via Cruise

My choice would be Valletta and Mdina. Do Valletta first - Upper Barracca Gardens, St. John's Co-cathedral, Grand Master's Palace at least in the morning (15 mins walk to Valletta from your berth). Time your arrival at St. John's for 9.30 or so and beat the long queues to get in from organised tours. Afternoon, bus to Mdina/Rabat or book taxi (see posts on here for reliable companies) then taxi for return to ship.

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2. Re: Visit Malta via Cruise

Thank you Sean. From the harbour to Valletta 15 mins walk?

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Or you could do it the other way around - take a taxi to Mdina first then catch a bus or another taxi to Valletta. This way you are nearer the ship and not panicking that you might not get back in time. Get back for the noon gun firing at Upper Barakka and spend the afternoon in Valletta. The walk back to the ship will be all downhill this way and it probably will take about 15 minutes from the centre of Valletta to the ship

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Good thinking Twirl - though it involves a taxi and more cost. Depends on how fit you are IsaP! The other thing to remember is that if there are a lot of cruise ships in and with other tour groups, St. John's can often have a queue, so that first in the morning or last in the afternoon.

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5. Re: Visit Malta via Cruise

Fit enough to walk for 15 min. How much would cost a taxi from the harbour to Mdina»? And the bus? would it take long from Mdina to Valletta?

Thank you all

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Possibly euro20 with a private taxi firm. Buses back should take about 45 mins but could be longer since new service is a bit haywire right now. Bus per person is euro2.20 for one trip (e2.60 for day ticket) so multiply that by how many are going to find net cost of taxi. They can take 4 persons, so you may meet someone on the cruise who wants a lift, and keep your costs down.

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7. Re: Visit Malta via Cruise

Have a look at the Top Questions on the right.

I would do Mdina first for , basically, peace of mind. I would prefer being in walking distance of your ship in the afternoon.

Hopefully the bus service will be working to a proper schedule by the time you arrive.

Edited: 14 August 2011, 20:45
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8. Re: Visit Malta via Cruise

Thank you all for such a good help. One last question:

How far is the harbour to the bus terminal? Is it a walking distance?

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The bus terminal is near the gate into Valletta so the answer is the same , about 15 minute walk.

There is a steep uphill part so it is easier walking back.

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10. Re: Visit Malta via Cruise

Hi !

We are also visiting Malta under similar circumstances - our ship will dock at Valletta on 19th November from 8 AM till 5 PM.

The advice on keeping it simple and taking a taxi to visit Mdina from the port in the morning and returning to Valletta in the afternoon has found resonance with us.

Just wanted to know a) whether the glitches in the new bus services have ironed out; b) whether we should pre-arrange a taxi or hail one at the port itself and c) whether or not finding a taxi in Mdina was relatively easy?

Thanks in advance.