The official white taxis in Malta are available to hail from the street, at taxi ranks or to call 24/7. As parking in the centre of the cities can be extremely difficult, taking a taxi means you can spend more time exploring this stunning island and less time waiting in queues. Malta taxis use a taximeter to calculate your fare based on distance.
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Malta Taxi prices
Malta taxi prices are calculated using a taximeter based on distance, unless you are being picked up from the airport or port, then you will be given a set rate fare depending on your destination. Unsigned black taxis may offer a lower rate than the official white Malta taxis, but they are privately owned and unregulated. It’s also worth noting that each city has its own rates per km.
Sliema base fare – €4
Sliema price per km – €2
St. Julians base fare – €5
St. Julians price per km – €3.50
Valletta base fare – €8.25
Valletta price per km – €1
Keep in mind that there may also be extra charges for baggage over 60cm, travelling during major holidays, travelling at night 22:00 to 06:00 (€2) and keeping your driver waiting for an hour (Sliema €30, St. Julians €31, Valletta €22.50).
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How to get a Taxi in Malta
Getting a taxi in Malta couldn’t be easier, simply lookout for the official white taxis with the tell-tale ‘TAXI’ sign on top. You can choose to hail one from the street, walk to one of the many taxi ranks throughout the island or call a radio taxi.
Taxi ranks can be found at all the major hotels, at the bus stations in each town, at the airport, outside all the main tourist attractions outside City Gate and the Grand Master’s Palace in Valletta.
If the weather is bad, you’re at a far-out location or you’re travelling late at night, your best option is to call a radio taxi. There are three well-known radio taxis in Malta and each will charge an additional fee for this service;
Freephone Taxis +35 800 737 70
Wembley’s +35 213 741 41
Belmont Garage +35 215 569 62
Booking your Malta Transfer in Advance
Can you think of anything better than all of your transport needs being booked and taken care of before you even land in Malta? Eliminate the need to navigate the public bus network or stand in the hot sun waiting for a local taxi by booking your Malta transfer in advance. Booking your Malta taxi with Welcome Pickups guarantees you unbeatable prices, on-time pickups and English-speaking drivers.
Malta Taxi Tips
- Official Malta taxis are white, the black cabs are unlicensed.
- Make sure your driver resets the taximeter before you begin your ride.
- To make sure your driver takes the fastest route, you can check your destination on GoogleMaps.
- It’s rare that a Maltese driver will speak English, so be sure to write down your destination to minimise any communication errors.
- There’s a nighttime surcharge of €2 for travelling from 22:00 to 06:00.
Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Malta
If you or someone you’re travelling with needs a wheelchair accessible vehicle, you won’t be able to ride in the standard Taxis in Malta. However, there is a company called Salina Cab that have 7 and 9 seater vehicles that are fully wheelchair accessible. These taxis need to be booked in advance, and you can do that by calling them on +35 679 112 233 or by email at [email protected].
Malta Taxi Complaints and Safety
As only the white taxis are official in Malta, we suggest only taking this kind of cab while on the island. White taxis are regulated and must comply with strict government licensing and safety regulations. However, if you do experience any threats, scams or overcharging, be sure to note down the taxi ID number and ask for your receipt, then report it to the Malta Police Association by calling +35 621 232 892.