Despite its small size, Malta is packed with things to do. It's difficult to turn a corner without coming across a taste of Malta's rich history, be it a military fortification, church or thousand year old ruin. As well as the historic delights, Malta has no end of tourist attractions that will appeal to people of all ages. Take in a boat trip and visit the beautiful coves and cliffs unique to this part of the world, or relax in many of the resorts, all a stone's throw away from the ocean.
You can drive from one end of the island to the other in around 45 minutes by car and with so many hidden gems off the beaten track waiting to be discovered, hiring a car is an ideal means to experience all this unique island has to offer.
With our easy-to-follow car hire comparison booking process will find you the ideal car hire for your trip, even at the last minute.
Car Rental Locations in Malta
Holiday Extras provides low cost rental deals across the island, including car hire in Malta Airport, to get you on the road as soon as you land. Locations include:
- Malta International Airport
- Bugibba Topaz Hotel
- St Juliens
- Tal Balad - Naxxar
Details of exact car hire pickup addresses will be listed with your booking confirmation.
3 steps to cheap car hire
- Search - fill out your details above and click search to compare
- Select - choose the car you want to hire
- Book - with our secure payment system
How it Works
Once your payment has been authorised you will receive an email confirmation with your booking reference number. Keep all the information on your booking confirmation handy as you will need it along with your other documents when you collect the car at your destination. We also have a useful checklist to make sure you have everything you need before you set off.
If you wish to speak to an advisor, you can contact our dedicated car hire team on 0800 804 7362. Alternatively you can contact us online here with any queries you may have.
If you're looking simply for transportation to your resort, Holiday Extras provides great deals on resort transfers. As well as this, you can take also out holiday insurance, giving you further peace of mind should you run into any unforeseen problems.
At Holiday Extras we want to make your trip as hassle free as possible, so you can hit the road happy. If you're flying from a UK airport; we could help you save up to 60% on airport parking, airport hotels and airport lounges, too.
*The prices quoted are based on one driver, aged 25, with a full UK driving licence hiring a car for 3 days, picking-up and dropping-off in Malta International Airport. Prices correct at time of writing. Subject to availability. Free cancellation applies to most rentals up to 48 hours before pick up, however some suppliers may charge. Please check supplier terms and conditions carefully.
Driving on Malta's roads**
Malta is one of the few countries in the world that adheres to similar driving laws as the UK. Signs are in miles per hour and in English. That being said, it's helpful to know some of the regional laws and driving practices this unique country adheres to.
- Right hand drive - Drive on the Left, overtake on the Right.
- Minimum age for car hire - Car hire companies in Malta require you to be over 23 years of age to rent a vehicle.
- Seatbelt - It is compulsory for all occupants to wear a seatbelt. The driver is responsible for ensuring all passengers under 18 are wearing a seatbelt.
- Travelling with children - Children under 3 must be seated in an appropriate child restraint.
- Petrol stations - Most petrol stations are open at frequent intervals. In larger cities, many will be open 24 hours a day.
- Speed limits - Like the UK, road signs are in miles per hour and in English.
- Toll Roads - There are no toll roads in Malta.
Road safety laws
Although these are the standardised speed limits, there may be local variations so please be careful to check the road signs.
Throughout Malta there are a series of tunnels that by law require you to put your lights on (even during the day) as you pass through them. There are cameras within the tunnels and failure to put your lights on may result in a fine.
If you are not from the UK, most car rental companies will require you to present the driving licence that is issued by your country of residence; not an International licence, or permit. Please double check with an individual car hire company if you are unsure.
A UK driving licence will allow you to drive in Malta, and you will not need an IDP - International Driving Permit.
Passport - You may also be required to carry another form of personal ID with you while driving.
Mobile phone use
It is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving. This includes hands-free kits. If you are caught using a mobile phone whilst driving you will be issued with a large fine.
Using the horn
Use of your horn in residential areas is prohibited between the hours of 11.00pm & 6.00am
Drinking and driving
Drink driving in Malta is a very serious offence. The legal limit for drivers is 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. If caught, the authorities have the power to issue fines and revoke your licence.
It is important to note that drinking alcohol and then driving may invalidate your car rental insurance and holiday insurance, irrespective of local drink driving laws. Check your policy for full details.
**This information should be considered as a broad overview of things to remember when hiring a car. It is therefore very important that you read the rental terms and conditions and associated policies for your own specific policy as well as doing your own research into the motoring laws of the country in which you will be driving.Top