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City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus Tour (Plus Optional Cruise)

Mellieha, Malta

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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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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Panoramic Island Bus Tour - apx 6 hours depending on pick up location
On-board audio commentary available in several languages + free headphones
Discount booklet including offers on local eateries, shopping and attractions
Harbour Cruise (if option selected)
Food and drinks, unless specified. Lunch is not included.

Departure Point

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

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.
6 hours 
Operating Schedule:
  Tours depart daily between 9:00am and 10:45am depending on pick up location. The tour runs daily. Pick-up points: 9:00 a.m. Mellieha Riviera Hotel Maritim Hotel 9:30 a.m. Bugibba Topaz Hotel Bugibba Jetty Bugibba Square Dolmen Hotel Santana Hotel Malta National Aquarium Qawra Stop 10:00 a.m. St. Julian’s ITS Roundabout St Georges Bay Stop Westin Arch Stop Hilton Roundabout Spinola Stop Balluta Stop 10:30 a.m. Sliema Preluna Bus Stop Sliema Ferry Bus Stop Bayview Hotel Bus stop 10:45 a.m. Valletta Valletta City Centre Valletta Waterfront Stop
LABRANDA Riviera Hotel & Spa
One of a few pick up points in Mellieha Bay
Topaz Hotel
One of a few pick up points in Bugibba
Hilton Malta
One of a few pick up points in St Julian's
Sliema Ferry
One of a few pick up points in Sliema - the optional cruise also departs from here.
Valletta Waterfront
One of a few pick up points in Valetta before the full tour begins
The oldest of the 3 cities dating back to the Middle Ages - 15 minute stop.
A beautiful fishing village where you can enjoy an hour of exploration and indulge in some seafood delights for lunch.
Blue Grotto
The famous sea caves - also the setting of many films and one of the most photographed sights of Malta. Not to be missed. 30 minutes will be spent here.
A fortified medieval city - 1 hour will be spent here
See the stunning Basilica boasting the largest unsupported dome. A short pit-stop here before heading back to the pick up points to conclude your day tour.
Points of interest passed by on this route
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
Mosta Parish
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
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Season: Panoramic Bus Tour runs daily until 31st March 2021
  • Duration: Panoramic Island Tour - 5hr 45 minutes apx depending on pick-up point
  • Departures: 9:00am Mellieha, 9:30am Bugibba, 10am St Julian's, 10:30am Sliema, 10:45am Valetta.
  • Harbour Cruise: Runs everyday except Tuesday's and Sunday's at 10:30am and 14:45pm from Sliema Ferries. Duration: 1hr 30mins. Subject to weather and tide conditions.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - Europe

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus Tour (Plus Optional Cruise)?
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 Tour (Plus Optional Cruise).
What is the social distancing policy during City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus Tour (Plus Optional Cruise)?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by City Sightseeing Malta Island Bus Tour (Plus Optional Cruise).

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Traveler Tips

  • "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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Think twice about booking again
, 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
Helpful, But Limited in Value
, 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.
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, 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.
, Aug 2019
spent more time at bus stops than seeing attractions. little to no commentary throughout, would not recommend.
, 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.
Takes you to all the main sites and...
, Sep 2018
Takes you to all the main sites and runs very regular - main stop just outside the old wall town in Valetta
THE WORST. If you are considering a...
, 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!!!!!!
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.
the bus connects through to...
Chamini Lakshi 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.
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!

Product code: 2916MALTA

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