A personal vehicle is the most convenient form of transportation available on the islands of Gozo and Malta, as it allows the greatest freedom and flexibility in travel. Car hire on the islands is quite cheap compared to most European destinations and considering the blistering Maltese heat one will be better off in hiring an air-conditioned vehicle rather than waiting for and changing buses.
If your accommodation will be based on Gozo, then it is suggested to hire from a Gozitan car rental company. You never know what can happen during your holiday, so having a company based near your location is always an advantage. You can get your vehicle delivered to the accommodation or to the harbour but if you want to make your own way from the airport, you can have it delivered to the Malta International Airport as well. It is suggested to opt for a door to door airport transfer as the route from the Airport can be a bit complicated for a first timer.
If you are staying on Malta, then getting your car at the airport might be your best option however if it will be your first time visit it could be more hassle free to opt for a taxi transfer. Whatever you choose, hiring a car is essential to make sure you make the best of your time on Malta.
Mayjo Car rentals is the oldest car hire company on the islands and a guarantee of reliability and customer satisfaction. Mayjo car hire is based on the island of Gozo but offers also car hire at the Malta Airport. Car hire in Gozo is essential to make the most of your holiday on the Maltese islands. Rates are very competitive and unlike many other companies, there are no hidden charges.
General Information on car rental in Gozo and Malta
To rent a car, you must be at least 21 years old (age may vary by car category) and have held your license for at least 2 years. The maximum rental age for rentals is 70 years, even though some companies allow for a higher age limit. Child seats are not mandatory on Malta but recommended. Comprehensive Insurance is included subject to an excess which varies from a company to another. Drivers under the age of 25 years usually carry a higher excess. The excess can be waived off by paying an extra daily charge, which is always recommended. Most car hire companies also have a theft insurance option. Theft is not very frequent in Malta.
Speed limits in Malta are as follows: 25mph/40kph inside the city and 40mph/64kph in open roads. One will find speeding cameras in several localities of Malta however one will see signs that indicate where such cameras are located. The cost of these speeding fines is usually EUR 34.94.
Traffic travels on the left and passing is only allowed on the right.
Most gas stations are open from 7 am to 8 pm. There is only one kind of petrol which is the unleaded (green).
There are no toll highways on Malta.
Parking meters line the major streets of Malta and are valid for 1 to 2 hours of parking depending on the locality. One will need to use a parking disc in all designated parking zones and setting the arrival time while not exceeding the time allowed for parking. The fine costs EUR23.29 for exceeding the allowed time. Unfortunately rental cars are more prone to get a parking fine, so extra attention must be given.