General Information

General Information

We have compiled a list of general information and of frequently asked questions, we hope you find this information useful.

Language

The official languages are Maltese and English.

Currency

The Euro is the currency within Malta & Gozo. Money can be changed at the banks, bureaux de change, some hotels, and in larger shops and restaurants. Automated foreign exchange machines and ATMs are available at various locations on the islands.

Flying Time from UK & Time in Malta

Flying time from UK Airports is approximately 3 hours .  Malta local time is GMT + 1 hour. Our flight page will advise you which airlines fly from your local airport and on which days.

Temperatures for the Maltese Islands

Enjoying some of the best sunshine in the Mediterranean.

 

Average temperatures and sun hours for the Maltese Islands

January

14°C (57F)

6 hours

February

15°C (59F)

7 hours

March

17°C (62F)

8 hours

April

19°C (66F)

9 hours

May

23°C (73F)

10 hours

June

26°C (79F)

12 hours

July

30°C (86F)

12 hours

August

31°C (88F)

12 hours

September

28°C (82F)

8 hours

October

24°C (75F)

7 hours

November

20°C (68F)

6 hours

December

17°C (62F)

5 hours

 

Telephone Communications

Calling Malta from the UK

Malta's International calling Code is ++356 , usually you dial 00356 and the local number.

Calling Malta from Malta

No need for international code, simply dial the local number

Calling from Malta to other countries

Dial 00 followed by the International code and the number you want to call.

In case of difficulty

call Directory Enquiries on 1182

EMERGENCY ONLY

191 Police - 196 Ambulance - 199 Fire Service

 

Internet Facilities

A large number of coffee shops in Malta and Gozo now offer Internet Cafe services. Most hotels also offer internet facilities and many properties now offer wifi internet services.

Chemists

Chemists generally stock a wide range of pharmaceutical products and can be found throughout the islands. They are open during normal shopping hours. On Sundays chemists open by rota from 09.00 until 12.30 in Malta and from 07.30 until 11.00 in Gozo.

Shopping

Opening times are normally 09.00hrs to 13.00hrs, 16.00hrs to 19.00hrs.  However, in commercial areas frequented by tourists, most shops remain open until approximately 10.00 pm. Shops are not normally open on Sundays and Public Holidays. There are various open-air markets in most towns and villages. The largest open air market in Malta is in Valletta on Sunday mornings. In Gozo the open air market is daily in Victoria. Major Credit Cards, Travellers Cheques and Euro cheques are accepted at most leading shops and restaurants.

Public Holidays in Malta

Public holidays observed in Malta

 

January 1st

New Years Day

February 10th

Feast of St. Paul's Shipwreck

March 19th

Feast of St.Joseph

March 31st

Freedom Day

March/April (Not Set)

Good Friday

May 1st

Labour Day

June 7th

Sette Guigno

June 29th

Feast of St. Peter & St. Paul

August 15th

Feast of the Assumption

September 8th

Feast of Our Lady of Victories

September 21st

Independence Day

December 8th

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 15th

Republic Day

December 25th

Christmas Day

Smoking

Smoking is now banned in public bars and restaurants in Malta and Gozo

Public Transport

Malta and Gozo's public transport system offers a cheap and efficient way of touring the Island. The main bus terminus is in Valletta where buses operate to all parts of Malta. In Gozo the main bus terminus is in Victoria although there are also direct point to point services operating in Malta. There are also in operation Malta and Gozo hop on hop off sight seeing buses with most having the open roof tops.

Electrical Equipment

The electrical supply is 240 volts, single phase, 50 cycles. The 13 amp, three-pin rectangular sockets are used in Malta as in the United Kingdom.

Water

Tap water is safe to drink throughout the Maltese Islands. However we recommend that you drink bottled water available from local supermarkets.

Swimming

The Maltese coastal waters are generally clean and safe for swimming as there are no tides.  Some bays are exposed to north and north-easterly winds which can produce some strong undercurrents at times.

Driving

Driving is on the left hand side of the road as in the UK. Speed limits: There are no highways or motorways on Malta and Gozo.  Speed limits on country roads is 40mph (64kph) Speed limits in built up areas is 24mph (40kph) A seat belt must be worn at all times.