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Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour

San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta

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icon4 hours 25 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 7 more

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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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Swap the cruise port for a day of unlimited exploring with a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour of Malta. With your 24-hour ticket and access to two different routes through Valletta, you can travel quickly and easily around Malta, exploring its top attractions at your own pace. See sights like the Blue Grotto and Mosta Church and Dome, and gain insight into Malta’s history and culture from the onboard commentary. Entrance fees not included.
  • Malta shore excursion: City Sightseeing Malta hop-on hop-off tour
  • Hop on and off as many times as you like aboard this open-top double-decker bus
  • Onboard commentary on this Malta shore excursion
  • Buses depart every 60 minutes from 9am to 6pm
  • Set your own itinerary and explore Malta at your own pace while in port!
Unlimited hop-on hop-off for 24 or 48 hours (dependent on time period selected at check-out)
On-board audio commentary available in several languages + free headphones
Discount booklet including offers on local eateries, shopping and attractions
All vouchers valid until 31st December 2020
90-Minute River Cruise
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Departure Point

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

Departure Time

See itinerary

Return Details

You may disembark at any of the available stops.
After your cruise ship docks in Malta, make your way to Silema Ferries, the nearest bus stop to the cruise port. Here, hop on your City Sightseeing double decker bus and begin your exploration of the Malta archipelago. With your 24-hour ticket, you can explore both north and south Malta and travel to top attractions like the Blue Grotto, the Three Cities and Rabat. Simply hop off where you want to and return to any bus stop to continue your tour.

See the Itinerary for the full list of stops.
4 hours 25 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Departure from stop 1 (Topaz Hotel) at 9am, Last tour at 1pm, Frequency every 60 minutes.
Topaz Hotel
Malta National Aquarium
Qawra Palace Hotel
Mediterraneo Marine Park
St George's Bay
Tigné Seafront
Ferries 5
Birgu Waterfront
Blue Grotto
Ħaġar Qim
Malta Aviation Museum
Golden Bay
Points of interest passed by on this route
Buggiba Perched Beach
Malta National Aquarium
Mediterraneo Marine Park
St. George's Bay
Sliema Promenade
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
Golden Bay
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Cruise Passenger Info: Arrivals will be required to walk to Bus Stop 16, the Silema Ferries, as this is the closest stop to the cruise port. Inside the Cruise Terminal is a City Sightseeing Kiosk who can provide customers with directions and any additional information to guide them to this shore excursion.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that there are currently delays to the bus tour due to road-works in the area.
  • River Cruise Meeting point: Sliema Ferries (stop 17)
  • Most travelers can participate
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.

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 Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour?
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 Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour?
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour.
What is the maximum group size during Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Malta Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour.

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Traveler Tips

  • "There are 2 routes which take just about 5 hours if you don't get off." See review
  • "This is about a 2 hour bus ride with not much to actually do." See review


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, Nov 2019
There are 2 routes which take just about 5 hours if you don't get off. The north route is probably the better one to do. They both give you the opportunity to get off and visit Valletta but the you probably need 2 to 3 days to see attractions properly. Unfortunately our time was limited as on a cruise. The north bus has a short stay at the Medina where there are toilets . We were strapped for time having done the south route first but then got caught in a terrific thunderstorm. Quite amusing with a waterfall down the stairs. It was still raining when we got back to Valletta so never got to see it.
Great way to see the city.
maggie m
, Jul 2019
The bus was perfect for us to see the city. We got off and it was easy to get the next bus. Beautiful views from top deck of bus.
AWFUL - Find another company to tour the island. Overcrowded and they do not keep to timetable.
, Jul 2019
This was our first visit to Malta and we had high expectations of what to visit. We reviewed the Hop On tour map and decided to take the BLUE route through the northern part of the country so we could visit the old city of Medina. The Hop On bus stops outside the main Port which is convenient but there is ZERO organization with respect to passenger numbers and people who bought and reserved tickets well ahead of time were not given an advantages or a different queue line from those who bought from the ticket booth on the day. What's the point of buying MONTHS in advance if there is no priority for bus boarding? The lines were very long and the buses standing room only. No air conditioning on the lower seating area and the windows didn't open. Stifling hot. We stopped at several locations on the route and the driver kept allowing more and more people on to stand. it was over crowded and dangerous in my opinion. We got off at Medina and the crowds to get on the bus swarmed the doors making it impossible to get off. Everyone was impatient and there was NO organization by the Hop On company to mange the crowds or the volume of tourists using the service. I've toured with Hop on in many countries and this was the absolute WORST. We waited 90 mins for the next bus to arrive in Medina which was already full and at least 100 people waiting to get on a bus which was full - only to be told this was the LAST BUS for the Medina stop (it was 5pm) so there was a big push to get on the bus which was dangerous and unnecessary. It took 2 hours to drive the remainder of the Blue route around the north shore and although the scenery was beautiful the majority of passengers simply wanted to get back to Valletta and the ship. I would NOT RECOMMEND the red Hop On Hop Off bus for Malta. They are way too disorganized and clearly do not have enough buses to handle the high tourist season crowds. The schedule claims buses run between stops every 30 mins but on average it was 90 mins. Totally unacceptable to cruise ship passengers who are on a schedule to get back to the ship by a specific time. SKIP THIS TOUR OPTION!!!!
Not enough buses
Amber S
, Jun 2019
We usually LOVE the hop on hop off tours. Unfortunately, this company did not have enough busses running. We waited about 45 minutes to get on our first bus from the port. We stopped in a small town and wandered around and then waited about 45 minutes or more for the bus to pick us up. In the meantime we saw at least two hop on hop off buses from two other tour companies. The second stop was Mdina. We cut that a little short because we weren't sure how long we would have to wait. We waited about 30 minutes. When you have a short amount of time on the island, it's disappointing to only have 2 stops and waste 2 hours waiting for a bus. They say they run every 20 minutes, but that was not close to what we experienced. We used the same company in Rome and were disappointed there, too. We will not book with that company again.
A Not Very Exciting Tour
Amber M
, Jun 2019
This is about a 2 hour bus ride with not much to actually do. Would recommend a private tour of the city vs. the hop on hop off.
Loved seeing the gardens on the tour...
Terrence J
, Nov 2017
Loved seeing the gardens on the tour from the city...mistake on other took us to Red? route and thatw as all the time we had. got off at port area.
tour great but directions to get bus...
Neal G
, Nov 2017
tour great but directions to get bus completely inaccurate. Took us awhile to figure out how to get to the stop. Bus ride long and seat uncomfortable. cheap earphones
The hop on hop off bus in Malta was...
William M
, Nov 2017
The hop on hop off bus in Malta was good, but there was a lot of time where we just listened to music rather than the history of the area. We would have appreciated more information and less music. The music was very enjoyable though.
Overall, a good way to see Malta...
Amy F
, Oct 2017
Overall, a good way to see Malta, but from reading the description of the bus routes, we were under the impression we would be able to see more than we actually could given our time constraints. Additionally, it's only because we happen to stop to ask a question of a person selling the tour on land did we find out that we needed to turn in our voucher for actual bus tickets. So, not a bad tour, but the description and instructions could use a little tweaking.
This was not what we expected. We...
Betsy S
, Oct 2017
This was not what we expected. We got on the first bus that was a little ways from the cruise port. We found out on the ship their were two different hop on hop off companies. One Malta City seemed to be sanctioned by the ship, and then ours. We got to the first stop fine, which was Mdina, and spent about an hour. Waited for next bus, it was about 20 minutes late, couldnt get on as it was full. Then had to wait another 45 minutes for bus. After getting on driver said it would take over 2 hours to get back to, so we just stayed on, worried if we got off, we wouldnt get back on time to ship. Got to see a lot of the country due to so much driving, but wouldnt to again.

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