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Moving Around Gozo – All the Transport Options

Moving around Gozo - All the Transport Options

The Mediterranean archipelago nation of Malta houses a pearl-like island called Gozo. Situated in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Gozo is blessed with warm summers, mild winters, a rich culture, and a deeply historical ambience. Famous for its breathtaking landscapes and azure waters, it’s the perfect escape for those seeking serenity away from the bustling world.

The article aims to provide comprehensive information on the various transport options, guiding first-time visitors and ensuring an enjoyable and efficient exploration of this picturesque island.

Getting to Gozo: Ferries, Flights, and More

To begin your journey, the most popular and economical way to reach Gozo is by ferry from Ċirkewwa on mainland Malta. The 25-minute Gozo Channel Line service runs throughout the day, seven days a week, offering captivating views of the Maltese archipelago and Comino’s famous Blue Lagoon. A standard passenger ticket costs approximately €4.65, while the fare for a car and driver is €15.70.

 

For those seeking a quicker way to reach Gozo, the Gozo Fast Ferry Service offers daily trips to and from Gozo Island at a cost of €7.50 for adults and €3 for children between 4-10 years old. Those are one-way prices. The ferry leaves from Valletta and takes approximately 45 minutes. Note that if its a windy day, the Fast Ferry Service might not operate. You should always check their Facebook page for updates. 

 

There is a Shuttle Service (Bus) that leaves Malta Airport to Gozo Fast Ferry terminal in Valletta which costs €6 each way. 

 

Private yacht charters are also available for maritime enthusiasts, with prices starting at around €500 per day for a six-person yacht, providing an alternative, leisurely way to sail to Gozo.

Gozo Ferry.

Exploring on Foot: The Charm of Gozo's Walkable Areas

Gozo’s compact size makes it a walker’s paradise. The vibrant capital, Victoria, offers an intriguing blend of history, culture, and local life. Here, you can explore the Citadel, an old fortified city, local markets, and quaint shops—all easily accessible by foot.

 

Additionally, the coastal paths around Xlendi and Mgarr ix-Xini offer stunning views of the island’s dramatic coastline and azure seas. Do ensure you have a comfortable pair of shoes, sun protection, and a bottle of water as these walks can take 2-3 hours.

Gozo Walks.

Public Transport: Buses and Shuttles

The Maltese public bus service operates throughout Gozo, connecting all villages and major attractions. Buses run from early morning until around 11 pm, with a one-way ticket costing €2 during daytime hours and €3 during nighttime hours. The main bus terminal is in Victoria, where all the routes start and end. 

 

There’s also an unlimited travel card for 7 days which costs €21 for Adults and €15 for children.

Rental Cars and Scooters: Navigating Gozo Your Way

For more freedom and flexibility, consider renting a car or scooter. There are numerous rental companies, including international chains like Europcar and local outfits such as Mayjo Car Hire. Prices vary but typically start at around €30 per day for a small car and €15 for a scooter.

 

Gozo’s roads are generally safe, but they can be narrow and winding in places. Maltese driving is on the left, and an international driving license is required for non-EU visitors.

Hop On Hop Off Buses: Sightseeing at Your Own Pace

For those interested in touring Gozo’s famous sites at their own pace, hop-on-hop-off bus services are a fantastic option. Companies like City Sightseeing Gozo offer day tickets for approximately €20, providing access to their entire network covering tourist hotspots like the Ggantija Temples, Ramla Bay and Xlendi Bay.

Cycling Around Gozo: Routes and Rentals

Cycling is an excellent way to explore Gozo’s beauty whilst staying active. Bicycle and e-bike rentals are available at places like On Two Wheels and Gozo Adventures, with prices starting at €12 for a full-day bike rental. Popular cycling routes include the coastal trails around Marsalforn Bay and Dwejra, famous for its stunning Azure Window remnants.

Taxi Services: Convenient Travel Options

White taxis and app-based taxi services like eCabs and Uber are prevalent on the island. Fares vary, but a ride from the Mgarr ferry port to Victoria typically costs about €15. Pre-booking is advised, especially during the peak season.

Gozo's Water Transport: Boats, Ferries and Sea Taxis

Apart from land transport, you can explore Gozo’s stunning coastline by boat. Companies like Xlendi Cruises offers exciting sea tours around the island, and water transport services. The cost starts from €4 per person for short routes like Mgarr to Comino.

One Day Adventure Rentals: Quad Bikes, Segways, and Tuktuks

For a unique experience, try exploring Gozo on a quad bike, Segway, or Tuktuk. Companies like Gozo Quad Hire and Segway Gozo offer half or full-day rentals starting at around €75. These tours provide an exciting way to see the island, with the added thrill of an adventure ride. Yippie offers TukTuk tours around the island. Don’t forget to follow the safety guidelines provided by the rental companies.

Accessible Transportation: Options for Travellers with Disabilities

For visitors with mobility issues, Gozo has several services. The public bus system features low-floor buses, and companies like Gozo Mobility offer wheelchair-accessible taxis and rental cars. They also provide mobility equipment for hire, making Gozo’s beauty accessible to everyone.

Conclusion: Maximizing Your Gozo Travel Experience

Gozo offers an array of transport options to suit every traveller’s style and budget. Whether you choose to explore by foot, cycle, car, or even quad bike, remember to respect the local culture, follow traffic rules, and most importantly, take time to soak in the magnificent sights and sounds of this Mediterranean gem. Happy travels!

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