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If you’re hiring a car in Malta, here’s how to go about it and what to watch out for. Once you’re done driving for the day, you’ll also need to park it, so we’ll also tell you which boxes you can stick your rental in. You’re welcome.

Hiring A Car In Malta

If you’re hiring a car here, you’re probably going to pick it up at the airport as soon as you land.

You’ll get to the car hire companies at Malta International Airport to the left of the arrivals terminal. Fun times ahead filling out a sheaf of papers. At this point, you may consider extra insurance coverage and so on; there’s tonnes of options out there, all we can recommend is to make sure you are well protected because car rental companies the world over are not always, let’s say, the nicest of people.

Your typical excess for any damage to your rental vehicle in Malta will be around the €1100 mark, so if you’re wise about it, you’d get your own excess policy so that you don’t have take another additional excess policy from the car hire company.

Don’t make the mistake of getting all your passengers to walk to the collection car park, because in order to exit onto the main road, you need to drive past the terminal anyway. So, leave your loved ones and baggage at the terminal, walk over, inspect the car, take all the pictures of all the damage you see and make sure it’s noted by the car hire rep, then drive back to the terminal, load up, and follow the road out of the airport complex.

When returning your hire car in Malta, most companies have a full to full policy, so you’ll need to fill up with fuel. There’s a petrol station just to the left of the airport terminal building, so you can use that if need be.

Driving And Parking In Malta

In Malta, we drive right hand drive vehicles on the left side of the road, just like Britain, Australia, South Africa, China, and all the other countries that do it the right way. Don’t argue, it just is.

Use Google Maps over Apple’s iMaps, and over a satnav system too. Google Maps are often much better updated than the others, though don’t trust them blindly; follow the street signs and use your head too. If Google says you’re on a main road but you’re on a country alley, do as you would at home, and reassess before pressing on.

Speed limits in Malta are in kilometres per hour. The quickest you can go any road is 80 kph, most other roads are 60 kph, and residential areas are somewhere between 30 kph and 40 kph. Speed limits are mostly enforced by speed camera; we don’t really have radar speed control here.

Parking is a difficult endeavour in Malta.

White boxes are fine to park in at all times and often, though not always, for indefinite periods, but look out for signage that says otherwise.

Yellow bays are normally either time/date restricted, or else signal that parking there blocks access. Make sure you check that out before you leave your car there, as it could very well get towed away by the patrolling traffic wardens, or damaged by someone enraged that you’re blocking access to their garage.


Mark runs a digital marketing agency, which is as far as you can get from nerding out on cars. That hasn’t stopped him from spending afternoons underneath cars pretending to know what he’s doing, before calling a knowledgeable friend. He doesn’t understand SUVs, and will try convince you, unsuccessfully, that you’re better off with a fast wagon.