Timetables and Maps
WARNING The coast road from St Paul's Bay roundabout to Pembroke is being rebuilt to dual carriageway which is resulting in some diversions to bus routes. I understand that currently (April 2015) southbound buses from Qawra are missing out the Wileg and Kennedy stops and are running directly to the coast road via Triq Kennedy. In Pembroke buses divert away from the main road and run via White Rocks and St Andrews. Northbound buses are diverted via Maghtab thereby missing out the scenic part of the coast road and the Salini stops, but then run normal route through St Paul's Bay. I am grateful to Barry White and Margaret Hampton for the information.
Here you can find lists of departure times for principal points, specially prepared for this website. Additional routes and journeys marked as "summer only" generally operate from late June to early November (but in 2014 the summer routes were not introduced until July 18th due to industrial relations problems).
Summary of departures in a typical hour, pdf files:
Full timings on a route by route basis can be found on the Winter Timetables page of the Malta Public Transport website. Note, however, that routes 37A and 71A are summer only, even though they are included erroneously in the winter timetables, and the only night routes which operate in winter are believed to be N11, N13 and N91.
SUMMER SCHEDULES: in summer 2014 timings were basically the same as the winter schedules but with some additional journeys at busy times, and with the addition of the following routes:
37A Cirkewwa - Armier - Ghadira Bay: runs hourly 0800-2000 from Cirkewwa every day, leaving Armier 8 minutes later and arriving Ghadira at 16 minutes past the hour. From Ghadira runs hourly 0835-2035. This replaced the previous summer extension of service 37. Also calls at Paradise Bay (hourly 0852-2052) in the Ghadira to Cirkewwa direction only.
71A Zurrieq - Grotto - Hagar Qim - Ghar Lapsi: runs hourly 0835-1935 from Zurrieq every day, taking 21 minutes to Ghar Lapsi. From Ghar Lapsi it runs hourly 0900-2000, leaving Hagar Qim 12 minutes later, Blue Grotto at 17 minutes past the hour, and arriving Zurrieq at 23 minutes past. This replaced the previous extension of certain journeys on route 71.
101/2 Cirkewwa - Mellieha - Ghajn Tuffieha - Mgarr - Gnejna: in summer journeys extend beyond Ghajn Tuffieha (Golden Bay) to Gnejna Bay.
109 Bharija - Rabat - Siggiewi - Bajjada - Ghar Lapsi: in summer this route is extended the short distance beyond Bajjada down the hill to Ghar Lapsi.
There was also a later journey on route X3 from the Airport to Bugibba at 2235, and a raft of night routes linking St Julians with various localities on Friday and Saturday nights.
Maps of Bus Routes
See WARNING above (in red).
The following maps of current bus routes (in pdf format) have been specially produced for maltabybus.com:
Map 1 - Central Malta: Routes serving Valletta.
Map 2 - Central Malta: Other Routes.
Map 3 - Outer Malta: Routes serving Valletta.
Map 4 - Outer Malta: Other Routes.
Local Area Map: Bugibba.
Location Map: Valletta Bus Station.
The Arriva Malta website had a useful tourist bus map showing services in Malta and Gozo for Summer 2013.
A diagrammatic map of Maltese bus services has been produced by Ben Calascione and can be found at www.maltabusroutes.com.
Another useful diagrammatic map of the main routes (pdf file) by Phil Groocock can be found here. You may need to click on File to download.
Completely fictitious, but a nice design project by Jonn Galea is the Tube Map of Malta.
Page last updated 10/11/14. Warning added 16/04/15