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Malta in September

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Malta in September

Went to Malta over 25 years ago, now going back this September. I've read a lot about how full the buses can be, was wondering what are they like towards the end of September, it is still as busy?

Also, although I cannot remember the name of the small hotel we stayed in in Bugibba, they had a bar called the OK bar, with a little DJ called BABU. Does anyone remember this????

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Malta in September

September is fairly busy, but slowing down a bit towards the end. The situation with buses is fairly fluid at the moment as Arriva pulled out of their contract at the end of 2013 and buses as temporarily being run my the government pending appointment of a new operator. They are still hoping to get a new contract and new timetables in place for the start of the summer, but whether or not that happens is anyone's guess. A big part of the problem last year with overcrowding was caused by the withdrawal of bendy buses which reduced capacity on many busy routes and they still have that situation despite bringing some older buses back into service. I didn't find it too bad at the end of September last year, but there were people left at bus stops on busy routes as buses were filling up at the start of the journey. When I was there in January, there were no real problems but it was low season. So - not a lot of help to offer, but a lot of encouragement, Malta is still a fantastic place to visit and you are unlikely to have any problems that affect your enjoyment.

Can't think of the hotel you mean, but I see to recall an OK bar but can't think where - sorry.

Have a fantastic holiday.

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2. Re: Malta in September

Hi Scouselady,

The bus situation in Malta at present is very bad. Most of the buses going to the popular destinations are overcrowded with standing room only, and we are not into the busy holiday season yet. In my area, Bugibba, we find it best to catch a bus at the terminus in Qawra. Also, trying to catch a bus in St Paul's Bay in the summer even before Arriva pulled out was almost impossible as the buses are full with people either coming from, or going to Mellieha. In most cases the buses don't stop and this is not only on rare occasions. The extra transport Malta Transport have provided range from full size coaches to mini buses, and, if you are coming from the airport with a suitcase, it is very rare if a driver helps to load the cases into the bays of the coach. A great deal of improvement will be needed to provide an adequate service for the summer.

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