Renting a Car in Malta

We at Luxury Rentals understand that however small our island is, relying on public transportation such as buses and taxis is not always the ideal solution. Many of our guests prefer to rent a private vehicle for the duration of their stay.

We make use of internationally renowned car rental agencies to ensure quality and high standards or every rental car in Malta. All agencies adhere to international regulations and guarantee competitive rates, so we promise that you are getting the best vehicle for your money.

For freedom-loving individual travellers we can arrange all types of vehicles, depending on your group size and your requirements (such as if you are travelling with small children or persons with disabilities). A wide selection of modern cars is available to suit all leisure and business travellers. Whether your preference is for a compact two or four-door car, a medium-sized hatchback or a larger more luxurious estate car, convertible or minivan, you are sure to find the right vehicle for you.

Specialised vehicles can also be rented from various agencies, including motorcycles, bicycles and jeeps.

If you are looking to purchase a rental car, here is some basic information about driving in Malta:

Booking a Rental Car
There are many terms and conditions as to what may or may not be included in your rental policy, so it is important to ask the following questions before booking:
Does the rate include unlimited mileage? What is the damage excess payment? Is VAT including? Is there a location surcharge? Are there any restrictions applied to the rate? Is there an extra fee to collect or return the vehicle to a different location?

Driving Licenses
EU Driving licenses are valid for use in Malta. All drivers will need to present a valid driver’s license, and UK drivers are required to submit their photocard and accompanying driver record document prior to renting a car. Drivers looking to rent a car must be over 25 and less than 75 years of age.

Driving Lanes and Speed Limits
Driving in Malta and its sister island Gozo is on the left hand side of the road (like the UK), unlike most other European countries. Cars are also right-hand drive, so this may take some getting used to. The national speed limit is 80km/hr (50miles/hr) on highways and rural areas and 50km/hr (30miles/hr) in urban areas.

Fuel Services
Services stations can be located all over Malta and Gozo and are generally open from 7:00am CET to 18:00pm CET. After these hours fuel pumps can be operated automatically, providing a smooth service that is available 24 hours a day. Standard leaded, unleaded green, diesel and biodiesel are available.

Travelling to Gozo
Many travellers will require to travel to the island of Gozo during their stay, and there is a very efficient Gozo Channel Line ferry service every 45 minutes. The ferry leaves from Cirkewwa (north of the town of Mellieha) and takes approximately 30 minutes. Travellers can travel on the ferry with their vehicles, or as foot passengers. The ferry operates 365 days a year, but on days of extreme weather conditions the ferry may be temporarily stopped in the eyes of safety.

Breakdowns and Accidents
Most rental vehicles are covered by roadside assistance. It is important in an accident to not admit responsibility to any third party involved. Collect relevant names and addresses and contact the rental agency immediately. An accident report form most be filled in upon return of the rental vehicle.

Road Traffic Offenses
You may be liable for additional costs as well as a fine if you commit a road traffic offense in a rental vehicle.  You are also liable for any repair or refurbishments costs in case of damage or vandalism to the rented vehicle.

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