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

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San Pawl il-Baħar, Malta
Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + Boat Tour

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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!
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Unlimited hop-on hop-off for 24 hours
On-board audio commentary available in several languages + free headphones
Discount booklet including offers on local eateries, shopping and attractions
All vouchers valid until 1 year from the date of travel
Hop On Hop Off Cruises - Harbour and Coastal
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off (if option not selected)

Departure Point

You may start this tour at any of the stops listed.
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.
Itinerary
Duration: 
2 hours 15 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  South Route departure times from Stop 1: 9:05am - 14:05pm Every 30 minutes This route runs on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays
ITS Malta
St George's Bay
The Westin Dragonara Resort, Malta
Hilton Malta
Spinola Bay
Balluta Bay
Sliema beach
Sliema Ferry
St Hotels
Valletta
The Malta Experience
Valletta Waterfront
Science Centre
Marsaxlokk
Triq Ghar Dalam
Blue Grotto
Ħaġar Qim
Points of interest passed by on this route
Hagar Qim Temples
 
Blue Grotto (Il-Hnejja)
 
Duration: 
3 hours 30 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  North Route departure times from Stop 1: 8:00am - 14:30pm Every 30/60 minutes This route runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturdays
Topaz Hotel
Malta National Aquarium
Qawra Palace Hotel
Mediterraneo Marine Park
St George's Bay
Tigné Seafront
Ferries 5
Valletta
Birgu Waterfront
Marsaxlokk
Birżebbuġa
Blue Grotto
Ħaġar Qim
Malta Aviation Museum
Points of interest passed by on this route
Buggiba Perched Beach
 
Qawra
 
Malta National Aquarium
 
Mediterraneo Marine Park
 
St. George's Bay
 
Sliema Promenade
 
Valletta
 
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
  • Coastal Cruise:- Main embarkation point: Sliema Ferries. Departure times from Sliema Ferries: 10:00, 12:40, 15:40 and 18:00. Stops include: Bugibba Jetty, Blue Lagoon (Camino) & Mgarr (Gozo). Customers may hop on and off the cruise at any of the stopping points however, timetables change regularly so they will need to check locally for the latest timetable and stop off times.
  • Harbour Cruise:- Main embarkation point: Sliema Ferries. Departure times from Sliema Ferries: 10:30, 12:30 and 14:45. Stops include: Esplora (Kalkara) and Sliema Ferries. Customers may hop on and off the cruise at any of the stopping points however, timetables change regularly so they will need to check locally for the latest timetable and stop off times.
  • With your voucher, enjoy flexible access for up to 12 months from the travel date you select at check-out.
  • Note: Please be aware that boarding on the cruises is on a first come first served basis so we recommend arriving apx. 15 minutes before departure time to have the best chance of securing a place on the cruise.
  • Please note times and frequencies are subject to change at any time so please check locally for the latest information
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please note that the boat tour can be used within 5 days after the validity of the ticket. If the boat tour option has been selected. 
  • OPERATED BY City Sightseeing Ltd - Europe
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + Boat Tour?
A: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 Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + Boat Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + Boat Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Malta Shore Excursion: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus + Boat Tour.

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  • "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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star-1
Terrible experience.
5g4bpyj54h
, Jul 2022
This on off bus company was terrible. The staff was not friendly, their maps had dots on the locations they stopped, but no other I formation and the driver wouldn’t explain what was at each stop. They instructed us to get on a bus. But it wasn’t the line we wanted. Terrible experience.
star-1
Not worth the worry
Micheline_H
, May 2022
It took about an hour to Rabat which was lovely but we wanted to get back to Valletta to explore with good time to get back in our ship. We waited more than an hour and between different tour operators and colour lines but the yellow line never turned up. Customers started calling the office and in the end an English driver sorted a bus for us. Very bad experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
City and countryside tour
Martin_D
, May 2022
Took the red line from the cruise port, so easy. Nice to get out of the city on a hop on hop off bus and a great way to see the countryside on this 3 hour round trip. If you choose to get off at country stops, approx 1 hour to next bus. Final stop is Valletta old town. What a hidden gem of a city. Thoroughly enjoyed this tour, informative and excellent value. Love Malta
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
day out
Catherine_J
, Sep 2021
seeing the tombs but very poor buses and confusing information about redeeming my online voucher. no support on the bus. would not book again with you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Malta
Alanala2019
, 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to see the city.
Magali_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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-1
AWFUL - Find another company to tour the island. Overcrowded and they do not keep to timetable.
symson
, 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!!!!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-2
Not enough buses
Timothy_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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
A Not Very Exciting Tour
Amber_C
, 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.
star-4
Loved seeing the gardens on the tour...
Terrence J
, Nov 2017
Loved seeing the gardens on the tour from the city...mistake on other post...orange took us to Red? route and thatw as all the time we had. got off at port area.
star-3
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
star-4
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.
star-3
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.
star-2
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.
star-3
The hours of operation were too...
Ronald_W
, Oct 2017
The hours of operation were too limited for the amount of time we were there. Would liked to have had more time to use the buses
star-5
It worked very good. got the ticket...
Diane_L
, Sep 2017
It worked very good. got the ticket and the bus run every 30 minutes. Saw everything we wanted to see
star-1
W have used the hop on hop off tours...
william
, Jul 2017
W have used the hop on hop off tours in different countries. All prior tours have been fantastic. This one by far was the most disorganized. Here are some constructive comments. There are two bus companies I cannot figure out why both companies have to share one bus stop. If only you can imagine the commotion with hundreds of people off a ship, shoving and pushing trying to create new lines.. There is not enough time to do both routes if you come off the ship, wait in line, and do the blue route first. The bus says no standing passengers but there were at least 15 passengers standing. This does wonders for the view, correct?. Viator, this is not a reflection on your company. It reflects on the Hop on Hop off tours in general. This is not doing much for Malta's tourism, sadly to say. I strongly suggest you delist this tour, going forward until the HOHO service has been addressed. William
star-3
Normal Hop-on Hop-off service with...
Ulrich J
, Jul 2017
Normal Hop-on Hop-off service with far too many people around. Never buy these kind of tickets through Viator or similar agents, because it doesn't give you any preferences when you arrive. We came with a cruise ship and the idea with the Hop-on Hop-off busses are brilliant, but there is absolutely no reason to pay the tickets in advance.
star-2
Disappointing, apparently more buses...
Sharon M
, Jul 2017
Disappointing, apparently more buses were needed - not much opportunity to hop off based on the number of people waiting at each stop. Next timeif we are that lucky we would just get a private driver waiting outside the terminal
star-1
This was a joke. Kept putting too...
Lyz Z
, Jul 2017
This was a joke. Kept putting too many people on the bus It was over 40 c. The tour announcement system did not work for everyone!, very bad!!!

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