Malta by Bus
This site shows a selection of current timetables and maps, principally with visitors to Malta and Gozo in mind. Timetables are believed correct for the winter 2014-2015 period. Please see the links on the left to explore the site. Further information is being added when time permits.
Malta Public Transport is the operator of the bus routes, following the withdrawal of Arriva from the Island on January 1st 2014. As an interim measure bus operation is in the hands of the government, but talks are underway with a new operator selected from elsewhere in Europe. Potential operators based their franchise bids on a new route network announced in January 2014, but the old network remains in place until the new operator starts.
Malta has been a mecca for bus enthusiasts, particularly before Arriva Malta took over in July 2011 with a modern fleet. A small number of the old traditional buses can still be seen on private hire and tourist duties, and Malta is still a popular destination for enthusiasts.
As well as useful links and a list of books and magazines of interest to transport enthusiasts, this section also has a photo gallery of Maltese buses at work during the 2006-2010 period.
Reflecting my interest in routes and timetables, this historical section contains maps and timetables during the last 10 years of the ATP era, in other words before Arriva arrived in 2011.
The 2010 timetables were specially prepared for this website using a variety of sources, including working timetables intended for the drivers, and research was carried out during several visits from 2006 onwards. The maps were originally prepared to accompany articles in Maltese Transport News, now known as MTN.
Although no doubt only of interest to a handful of people, the maps and timetables have been retained here as a matter of historical record, as detailed information of this kind is not readily available elsewhere.
About this site
Latest updates: 10/11/14 (text updates), 05/08/14 (summer timetable updates), 30/06/14 (plan of Valletta bus station added), 13/04/14 (open top page updated), 12/04/14 (new Ferries and Lift page added), 11/04/2014 (new Excursions and Tours page added).
Malta by Bus is an unofficial website provided by transport enthusiast Brendan Fox of Peterborough, United Kingdom. All information is given in good faith but no guarantees can be given for accuracy. All photos are by Brendan Fox unless otherwise stated. The bus badges in the logo are from a photo by Karen Dexter.
All content on this site is copyright © Brendan Fox 2007-2014. I am grateful for the cooperation of MTN and many bus owners, drivers and enthusiasts who have helped to expand my knowledge of the subject.
For my other websites (and contact details) please see www.globestudios.co.uk.