Getting around Malta

Now is as good a time as any to tell you how I was getting around Malta.  I had heard there is a comprehensive bus system.  Which there is, and it is good value.  A single bus ticket is valid for 2 hours from when it is issued and costs EUR2.  You can get off one bus and onto the next one within the 2 hours, even if you aren’t likely to arrive at your planned destination within the 2 hours.  Having used the busses, I can say they are very effective.  Not necessarily efficient, but very effective, with stunning views.

It slots in nicely here, because I had used the bus to get from Qawra to the Aircraft Museum, which is near the National Stadium.  I commented to the lady at the museum that I was surprised how many people got on the bus, they can’t all have wanted to go to the aircraft museum, and indeed, I was the only person who got off.  She explained that they were probably going on to Rabat Mdina, a place worth visiting in her opinion.

So I checked the bus timetable and ensured that I left the museum in time to catch the next bus.  Only to find that if a bus is a little early, it will carry on being a bit early.  Luckily, there are multiple bus routes that go past the Stadium on to Rabat, so 20 minutes or so later, I was on the next bus.

I never quite worked out where this junction is, however signs warning people of the road works are all over the island.

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Over the years I have becomes quite accustomed to taking pictures from moving vehicles and am particularly proud of this one I took on Gozo.

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Capturing the church while the countryside flew by.  I never quite worked out what this church is, the bus routes don’t stop anywhere near it, although it is clearly visible for miles around.

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Travelling on the bus also gave me good visibility of the agriculture in Malta and Gozo.  Most fields are quite small by British standards and probably don’t really warrant a full tractor, so must be quite expensive to farm.

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