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124, Tower Road

Sliema Guide

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Sliema is a modern town on Malta’s east coast with beaches and bustle. It has decent infrastructure as well as water sports, shopping and restaurants, while it is close enough to the capital, Valletta, and other popular beaches for visitors to reach these areas by car. Rentals here are cheap by any standard and driving is the best way to get about since public transport is limited.

Who to Book With
Malta International Airport is served by several well-known car hire companies, such as Hertz, Avis, Europcar, Active and First. Cars are best booked online via our comparator site and picked up at the airport or in town. The drive from the airport to Sliema is just over five miles, or 20 minutes, albeit via a semi-convoluted route.

Best Time to Go
The climate is Mediterranean, with dry, hot summers and wet and windy, though mild, winters. Be aware that it gets humid in summer when many locals head out of Sliema for holiday at this time. Most roads are small and winding so take care, especially in winter, when driving around the coast or across the island. Off-season rates are available from October to April.

Need to Know Essentials
When collecting car hire, the following documents must be shown:

- A United Kingdom driver’s licence
- A passport
- The credit card used to make the reservation
- A printout of the reservation

For more info, read our FAQs.

Driving
Sliema itself is very small and comprised of one-way streets and junctions, such that it’s best to leave your car at the hotel when taking in the sights. The road network in Malta as a whole is staggered though improving all the time. It’s busiest around Sliema and Valletta (the capital), where parking can be tough.

Our Guide to Malta contains more detailed driving information.

Transport

Sliema is small and busy, and best negotiated on foot. You only really need to use the bus when travelling to Valletta, although going by ferry is actually quicker and easier. The higgledy-piggledy road network makes getting about the island by bus a pain, so having car rental is by far the best method of travel for seeing Malta.

Buses
Arriva buses run around the coast in Sliema, from St Julian to Valletta, taking in the ferry terminal. Services are frequent but can become very crowded in summer. Fares are cheap but it’s best to go with a day or weekly ticket.

Ferries
The ferry journey between Sliema and Valletta is fast and frequent, taking just five minutes and running every 30 minutes between 08:00 and 18:00. Fares are £1.30 one way. The ferry terminals are along Tigné road in Sliema and Boat Street in Valletta. Ferries are cheaper and faster than buses. To get to Gozo Island, ferries leave from the terminal at Ċirkewwa in the northwest of the island.

Taxis
Taxis are expensive in Malta, even though they have rarely-used meters. Try to avoid the white taxis; instead phone for a black cab, like Active Cabs or Peppin Transport. Taxis are not needed for travel within Sliema unless it’s overly hot or late at night when coming back from St Julian or Valletta.

Exploring

Sliema is well situated mid-island, making for easy visits to just about any spot on Malta. While there are no motorways, the quickest way to get about is by car and some of the best beaches are off the beaten track and passed over by bus. By car, you can check out old fishing villages, the capital city and family attractions.

Recommended Drives

Valletta - The Maltese capital is about a 20-minute drive from Sliema and is certainly the main attraction after the beach. Valletta boasts a huge collection of ancient buildings and is on UNESCO’s World Heritage list as a result. Be sure to make a beeline for the car park at Floriana as parking here is tough.

Marsaxlokk – Head for this traditional fishing village in the south of the island for a look at a Maltese open market. The picturesque harbour at Marsaxlokk is presided over by a laid-back town and opens out into St Thomas Bay, which is complete with a couple of small beaches.

Mellieħa – If you really want the beach, this peninsula in the north of the island has some of the best. Main highlights include pretty Mellieħa Bay, the fun Popeye Village and the Il-Majjistral Nature Park. Ferries run from this area to Gozo. Mellieħa is one of the longest drives from Sliema on Malta by car rental and you can go direct via Mosha on the way out and loop back via St Julian’s Bay on the way back.

Practical information

  • Currency
    Euro
  • Driving direction
    Left
  • City speed limit
    50 km/h
  • Freeway speed limit
    80 km/h
  • Language
    English, Maltese
  • Popular car category
    mini
  • Popular rental companies
    Hertz

What most people want to know

The following questions and answers are a selection of the most popular questions. If you do not find the answer to your question, have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact us.
Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours).
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