Malta Car & Van Hire

Flying in to Malta

Planning a trip to Malta? The easiest way to reach the island is by plane, where you’ll land at Malta International Airport (MLA).

If you’re planning to explore the island by car, you can hire a car at Malta Airport.

Where is the airport in Malta? There’s just one international Malta airport, located in Luqa in the east of the island. However, it’s just a short drive from Malta Airport to the capital, Valetta.

The island is small, so car hire at Malta Airport means you can reach your next destination in no time.

Popular Destinations and things to do in Malta

The sun-soaked Mediterranean island of Malta is brimming with history, sandy beaches, and pretty architecture. This island paradise is perfect for your next trip, whether you’re planning a family holiday, romantic break, or solo trip. Some of the top tourist attractions in Malta include the ancient city of Mdina, the historic Grand Harbour and the Blue Lagoon.

Top places to visit in Malta

Let's dive into some of the top places to visit and things to do in Malta.

Valletta is the capital city of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If it’s culture you’re after, this charming city delivers – it’s packed with stunning architecture and museums to explore. There are plenty of things to do in Valetta, including some of the top tourist attractions in Malta, such as St. John’s Co-Cathedral, the Grand Master’s Palace and Barrakka Gardens. It takes just 20 minutes to drive from Malta Airport to Valletta by car.

Sliema is a vibrant coastal town that's popular with tourists and locals alike. There’s no shortage of things to do in Sliema, Malta, where you can relax on the beach, stroll along the promenade, explore Fort Tigné or do some shopping in the Point Mall. Malta Airport to Sliema is just a 30-minute drive.

St. Julian's
St. Julian's is a picturesque fishing village known for its lively atmosphere and beautiful views. A popular holiday destination, things to do in St. Julian’s, Malta include coastal walks, taking in the famous fishing boats in Spinola Bay and enjoying the vibrant nightlife in Paceville. You can drive from Malta Airport to St. Julian's in just 20 minutes.

Mellieha is another tourist hot spot but with a more laid-back feel, located on a hilltop in the north of Malta. It's known for its beautiful beaches, traditional wooden houses, and stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea. Travel in your hire car from Malta Airport to Mellieha in just 40 minutes.

Gozo is a small island located just off the coast of Malta. Take a boat trip to Gozo to explore the ancient Citadel, dramatic coastline, and turquoise waters. You can also take a ferry from mainland Malta to Gozo – perfect for a day trip during your break. Boat trips are some of the most memorable things to do in Malta, so make sure you book one to make the most of your time on the island.

Malta food & drink

If you weren’t already convinced, the food in Malta is another reason to visit the island. Mediterranean and North African flavours combine, with Malta’s traditional food including pastizzi, a traditional savoury pastry, kapunata, a Maltese take on ratatouille, and ftira, ring-shaped bread stuffed with savoury fillings. For a taste of the local food scene, head to the Marsaxlokk fish market or a local restaurant by the coast to sample fresh-caught seafood from the Mediterranean Sea.

Shopping in Malta

If you’re looking for things to do in Malta, shopping is a great option. There’s an abundance of high street stores, designer boutiques, and local markets to satisfy every shopper. The best shopping centres in Malta are scattered across the island, and include The Point, Bay Street, and The Plaza.

Things to do in Malta with kids

Malta is a family-friendly destination, with plenty of activities to keep kids entertained during your trip. Some of the top things to do in Malta with kids include visiting the Malta National Aquarium, exploring the Playmobil FunPark, and spending a day at the Splash & Fun Water Park.

Driving in Malta

Driving around Malta is the best way to make the most of your time on the island. It takes just under an hour to drive from one end of Malta to the other, so it’s quick and easy to explore by road. Roads in Malta are generally well-maintained with good signposts, so visitors can find their way around with ease.

Documents you need to drive in Malta

You don’t need a Malta driving licence to drive in Malta – just a full, valid driving licence from your home country. An International Driving Permit (IDP) isn’t usually needed for Malta. To hire a car in Malta, you’ll also need a second form of ID, like your passport.

Malta driving rules

• The Malta driving side is the left, like the UK
• Overtake on the right
• Seat belts must be worn by all passengers
• Children under 3 must use a child restraint
• The drink drive limit is 0.08% blood alcohol content

Minimum age to hire a car in Malta

The minimum age to hire a car in Malta is 21.

Malta car hire

Ready to hire a car in Malta? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a range of vehicles to hire for your trip to the island, from small cars to family-size SUVs. Check out our Malta car hire today. Get ready for your trip to Malta and book your hire car.

Car and van hire in Malta with Enterprise

Enterprise Malta offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Malta

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Malta

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Malta, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.

Car & Van Hire in Malta

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to serve customers in Malta. As part of the largest rental car company in the world, which owns and operates more than 1.5 million vehicles, we’re sure to have a location near you or your travel destination. And while we are an internationally recognized brand, Enterprise remains family-owned with one goal in mind for our customers: to exceed your expectations for service and overall value.