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San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta
City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus and Boat Tour

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icon2 hours 15 minutes to 3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Overview

Get acquainted with Malta and its sights on a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your ticket, you can sit back and relax as you’re whisked around north and south Malta by open-top, double-decker bus. See attractions such as the Blue Grotto and Three Cities using the south route, and take in Rabat, Mosta, and Castille on the north route. Plus, listen to the onboard audio commentary to learn more about Malta and its history. Entrance fees not included. Choose between a 1- or 2-day pass.
  • City Sightseeing Malta hop-on hop-off tour
  • Set your own itinerary, and explore Malta at your own pace
  • Full commentary provided as you see the city's top attractions
  • Hop on and off at 35 stops around the city with two different routes
  • Sightseeing pass valid for one or two days from time of first use
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour covering 2 routes
On-board audio commentary available in several languages + free headphones
Discount booklet including offers on local eateries, shopping and attractions
Hop On Hop Off Cruises
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified. Lunch is not included.

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
Make your way to any of the well-placed City Sightseeing bus stop situated around Malta, and then climb aboard one of the open-top, double-decker buses and set off to explore.

With your 1- or 2-day ticket, you have access to two different bus routes, allowing you to explore both north and south Malta. See sights such as the Three Cities, Rabat, and the famous Blue Grotto, and enjoy the freedom to hop on and off at your leisure. Alternatively, choose to stay on the bus for its full loop, and listen to the audio commentary to learn more about Malta’s history and culture.

See the Itinerary for the full list of stops.
Itinerary
Duration: 
2 hours 15 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  South Route departure times from Stop 1: 09:05am - 14:05pm Every 30 minutes This route runs on Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday.
ITS Malta
St George's Bay
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
Hilton Malta
Spinola Bay
Balluta Bay
Sliema beach
Sliema Ferry
St Hotels
Valletta
The Malta Experience
Valletta Waterfront
Marsaxlokk
Triq Ghar Dalam
Blue Grotto
Ħaġar Qim
Points of interest passed by on this route
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
 
Duration: 
3 hours 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  North Route departure times from Stop 1: 08:00am - 14:30pm Every 30/60 minutes - runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays
Topaz Hotel
Bugibba
Pebbles Hotel
Bugibba
Seastrips Outlet
Bugibba
Opposite HSBC
Bugibba
Santana Hotel
Malta National Aquarium
Qawra Palace Hotel
Qawra Point Beach
Bella Vista Hotel Malta
Mediterraneo Marine Park
ITS Malta
St. George's
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
Hilton Malta
Spinola Bay
Balluta Bay
Sliema beach
Sliema Ferry
St Hotels
Opposite Bayview Hotel
Valletta
Valletta Waterfront
San Anton Gardens
Ta' Qali Craft Village
Ta' Mlit Church
Mosta Church
Golden Bay
Points of interest passed by on this route
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
 
Mosta Rotunda
 
Tarxien Temples
 
Mdina Old City
 
Marsaxlokk Bay
 
Mdina Glass
 
City Sightseeing Malta
 
The Malta Experience
 
Malta National Aquarium
 
Malta Falconry Centre
 
Malta Classic Car Collection Museum
 
Ta' Qali
 
Valletta Waterfront
 
Mediterraneo Marine Park
 
Mdina
 
Sliema
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Season: All Year Round
  • Duration: 135 minutes (South Route) 210 minutes (North Route)
  • Departures: North Route departure times from Stop 1: 08:00am - 14:30pm Every 30/60 minutes - runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturdays. South Route departure times from Stop 1: 09:05am - 14:05pm Every 30 minutes This route runs on Tuesday, Thursday & Sunday.
  • Coastal Cruise:- Main embarkation point: Sliema Ferries. Departure times from Sliema Ferries: 10:00, 12:40, 15:40 and 18:00. Stops include: Bugibba Jetty, Blue Lagoon (Camino) & Mgarr (Gozo). Customers may hop on and off the cruise at any of the stopping points however, timetables change regularly so they will need to check locally for the latest timetable and stop off times.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Harbour Cruise:- Main embarkation point: Sliema Ferries. Departure times from Sliema Ferries: 10:30, 12:30 and 14:45. Stops include: Esplora (Kalkara) and Sliema Ferries. Customers may hop on and off the cruise at any of the stopping points however, timetables change regularly so they will need to check locally for the latest timetable and stop off times.
  • Note: Please be aware that boarding on the cruises is on a first come first served basis so we recommend arriving apx. 15 minutes before departure time to have the best chance of securing a place on the cruise.
  • Vouchers are valid for 12 months giving great flexibility should you need to change your date of travel.
  • Please note times and frequencies are subject to change at any time so please check locally for the latest information
  • Please note that the boat tour can be used within 5 days after the validity of the ticket. If the boat tour option has been selected. 
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - Europe
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus and Boat Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus and Boat Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus and Boat Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus and Boat Tour.

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  • "The value of the bus is that it makes it easier to visit the one or two sites you are interested in visiting because it is so difficult to get around the island without a car." See review

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star-1
Not worth the money or effort
luis_G
, May 2022
Very disorganized. It felt like bus driver did not know what was going on and at the same time were very rude to passengers. Total waste of time, with a two day pass we were able to see two attractions. Find an alternate method of traveling around Malta.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Think twice about booking again
Kassandra_J
, Oct 2019
Not on time - over 45 mins late per their timetable. Totally disorganised when scanning people's tickets - took nearly 1 hour before the bus even left the kerb. Whyyyyyyy ???? Lack of communication between staff - their bus drivers - customers
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Helpful, But Limited in Value
Eugene_A
, Sep 2019
I took the South Tour and from the point I boarded the bus until the end of the round trip, it was about 3 hours, not counting the one stop I made at the temples. Note that this company has a stop at the Limestone Heritage Gardens, but the other company (the blue bus) does not stop there. Unfortunately I had planned to stop there on this trip, but the driver said they were closed on Mondays. When I checked later, their website said they were open every day, so I missed my chance to see this site, which was highly recommended. The value of the bus is that it makes it easier to visit the one or two sites you are interested in visiting because it is so difficult to get around the island without a car. Once you have visited maybe two sites or even three if you are quick, there really isn't a lot of time to see much else since the buses stop running by late afternoon. Maybe a two-day ticket might be a better value so you can spend more time at the sites of greatest interest.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-1
Horrible
SchapsTravel
, Sep 2019
We chose the hop on hop off thinking it would be a great way to see the city. Unfortunately, it was pure chaos. There was no organization, we were pointed in the direction of the bus stop by the lady we checked in with, we stood in a long line and made our way to the front just to find out we found we were in the wrong line. We made it to our stop, went and roamed for about 30 minutes, and headed back to the bus stop so we could head to the beach. We made it to the bus stop 15 minutes before the bus was scheduled to arrive, after watching the city hop on hop off come and go for an hour we chose to buy tickets for that bus. Everyone was asking the hop on hop off gentleman where the bus was, he had no answers. As we were leaving on the other bus, we saw the bus we were supposed to get on. Because we had waited so long we were only able to head back to the port and did not get to see any of Malta.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
bad
avaernst
, Aug 2019
spent more time at bus stops than seeing attractions. little to no commentary throughout, would not recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
ONE DAY IN MALTA
GLYNN_K
, May 2019
We had bought our ticket on line before we left home. In fact this was a mistake as being on a cruise liner it would have been much more convenient to buy it from the Sales people selling tickets as you got off the ship as the bus took you straight from the ship whereas we had to walk to another stop to collect our bus. The staff were rude and it was complete chaos getting on the bus, our first bad experience with the Hop On Hop Off bus.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Takes you to all the main sites and...
jtrenwith
, Sep 2018
Takes you to all the main sites and runs very regular - main stop just outside the old wall town in Valetta
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
THE WORST. If you are considering a...
Brandee_L
, Jul 2018
THE WORST. If you are considering a hop on hop off, do the other one!!!! DON'T do CITY Sightseeing. It took 40 minutes to even GET a bus. First, our bus clipped a parked car and took off her mirror. Then, for an unknown reason, when we FINALLY stopped for the first time, a guy came on and told us we had to change busses. THEN, when we finally got going again, the bus seemed to have no suspension. The back hit the ground whenever we hit a dip. It was awful. The driver drove SO FAST and we only saw like industrial areas. When we got off at the lue Grotto/beach area, everyone wished us luck! LOL Well, as it turned out, we needed it. While we waited for another bus to hop on,' TWO of the other company's came by. We pleaded with THEIR driver to let us on, as we only needed to get to the next stop, the Temples. Well, after we toured those, again, we waited and waited. And again, TWO of the OTHER company's busses came by. I CALLED our company and told him, and he said he would send a bus. Good thing I called! Anyway, we finally made it back, and then there was another issue. Anyway, DO NOT use this company!!!!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
There are long waits between buses 45...
Joseph C
, Jun 2018
There are long waits between buses 45 minutes . What was horrible and unthinkable was being on the bus at 5 pm hoping to get to the end of the run and being told to exit the bus because his shift was over leaving 10 stranded passengers in the middle of nowhere and telling them a bus would be coming in 10 minutes which Never showed up. I waited 30 minutes. My title should read Hop On and get the hell off my bus. Sad but true. Too bad I cannot give a negative star.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
the bus connects through to...
ChaminiLakshi_M
, May 2018
the bus connects through to everywhere. But the buses do not run on schedule and if you are travelling in the off season then last bus is very early and you don't have a way to get back to Valleta.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
Absolutely dreadful! You spend most...
Michael R
, Apr 2018
Absolutely dreadful! You spend most of your day waiting for the correct bus to turn up as there are several different company's doing the same routes.This is not only confusing but frustrating, waiting in a queue then getting on the bus only to be told its the wrong one!. The biggest problem is the infrequency you have very little time for seeing the sights. The southern route last bus is at 2:30pm and the Northern 3:30.. The day before we used the service a driver from this company drove his bus into a tree! This resulted in several casualties and sadly some fatalities! We had paid for a 48 hour pass,but gave up after 3 hours and got a taxi back to our hotel. If you can spare the cash book a taxi to take you to the same places the bus visits, we did and it was excellent!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
The hop on, hop off bus was nice. I...
Shabiha_Y
, Mar 2018
The hop on, hop off bus was nice. I just wish that the hours for the bus were longer so that we could enjoy the stops more. We were also unable to complete the north and south routes in full because we chose to get off the bus on some stops.
star-4
Used the Hop on Hop off bus 2 days...
Kenneth M
, Mar 2018
Used the Hop on Hop off bus 2 days, February 27 and March 1, this is a good way to see Malta. Due to heavy traffic, the buses were a bit late, maybe 15 minutes or more, in the more congested areas of Malta. Since I was there in the winter season, the buses didn't start running until 9 AM. An earlier start in the day might have been better. Ken M, Nebraska, USA
star-5
One of the, if not THE best...
Sylvia G
, Mar 2018
One of the, if not THE best HopOnHopOff we have ever done. Lots to see.Only had time to do 2 of the3 routes. Ideal for a day trip from a cruise ship.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Very hard to find pick up and we...
Gretel_B
, Mar 2018
Very hard to find pick up and we were unable to find the route stop for the circuit we wanted using their map and schedule. Not nearly enough commentary these tours in other places have much more info
star-2
Wouldn't do this again. Malta is...
Angela G
, Mar 2018
Wouldn't do this again. Malta is easily accessible by public transport, Pot luck whether the headphones work as well.
star-3
Decent way to get around the island...
Sean K
, Feb 2018
Decent way to get around the island, but the pick-ups are quite infrequent one bus every hour. Audio guide narration is...spotty, at best.
star-4
Good hop on and hop off experience...
Hilary W
, Dec 2017
Good hop on and hop off experience around teh south side of the island - always a useful way for getting first impressions.
star-3
We felt the commentary was not very...
dianneorford
, Nov 2017
We felt the commentary was not very good, with long periods of silence, when there must have been so much history or further facts that could have been added. We were left waiting for a bus to show up at the Mdina glass factory for 2 hours, which inconvenienced our plans for the rest of the day to take the south route. We have used the Hop on Hop off Bus in many countries and have been happy with the service, but unfortunately, this time, the bus was old and needed to be cleaned, and we felt let down with the quality of service.
star-4
Folks right there departing the...
John F
, Nov 2017
Folks right there departing the ship. Pointed to the bus departure point. Mdina is great to see. Wi-fi on bus didn't work.

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