There are no trains on Gozo or Malta, but the bus service is cheap and efficient. However bus routes often change in Malta. A new company (Arriva) has taken over operation of the old (but fun) public bus services and operates a new fleet. Recent changes are once again bringing on new service providers. Full information on routes and timetables can still be found on its website at www.publictransport.com.mt.
The central bus terminus is in the capital Valletta and Rabat (Gozo) and bus routes from there serve all major population centres and many points of touristic interest on the island. The buses operate at least an hourly service to each destination every day of the week, throughout the year. The exception is the bus between Rabat and the Mġarr ferry terminal that operates every 30 minutes. It is generally better to buy a multi-day bus ticket rather than pay for individual trips.
Taxis are readily available throughout Malta and Gozo but can sometimes prove expensive for short journeys. As the meter is rarely brought into use it is normally best to agree a price in advance of taking a journey. Taxis are most useful where the start or ending point of your walk is not on a convenient bus route, or for a group of travellers who can share the cost. Many tourists make use of hired cars which can be good value outside the high season. However, since the walks are obviously not circular, using a car may prove problematic.
Getting to Gozo
As Gozo does not have an airport, overseas visitors must first arrive on Malta and then take the short ferry ride between the two islands. You can get from the airport on Malta to the ferry port of Ċirkewwa (about 20 kilometres away) by bus, taxi or rented car. There is a direct bus from the airport to the ferry approximately every hour (check times on www.arriva.com.mt) There is also a direct bus to Ċirkewwa from a number of other locations on Malta such as Valletta and Sliema.
There is an excellent ferry service from Malta to MġarrHarbour on Gozo, a pleasant trip of about 35 minutes. Ferries depart about every 45 minutes in summer, with a somewhat reduced frequency off-season. The service operates every day of the year from early to late, although rough weather can infrequently lead to delays. The ferry takes both cars and foot passengers and tickets can be bought at the ferry terminal. Details can be found at www.gozochannel.com.
Ferries to Comino
Ferries travel to the island from both Gozo and Malta all year-round on a regular basis. However, the weather between the end of November and beginning of April is sometimes so bad that schedules are disrupted or cancelled – so check beforehand about the timetable for the day of your trip. Ferry tickets can be purchased at the boat, usually for less than €10 for a return trip. On your way over always make sure to check the return times with the captain of the ferry.
From Gozo: Various ferries, such as Ebsons cruises (phone 2155 4991; 7920 4014) and Ozzi One cruises (phone 2155 8343; 7959 4557) leave from the port of Mġarr typically every hour from 9 am to 5 pm during most days of the year. It is best to ring beforehand to determine the specific timetable for the day you are intending to travel or check availability once you arrive on Gozo. They also offer interesting round Comino excursions by boat, well worth a try.
From Malta: The United Comino Ferries company (www.cominoferries.com; phone 9940 6529) offers a regular service from the Marfa jetty opposite the Riviera Hotel. If goingt by bus ask the driver to let you off near the Riviera Hotel, which is 3 bus stops before the terminus at the Ċirkewwa ferry port. There is also the option of the Midas Ferry service from the port of Ċirkewwa (9947 4142).