How to get to Gozo from Malta - Embarking on your Adventure

20 January 2017

Malta’s sister island, Gozo, is an absolute must-see if you’re planning a holiday in Malta. The quaint little island is full of beautiful hamlets, hidden beaches and an impressive amount of natural and historic landmarks. But how exactly do you get to Gozo? Don’t worry, you’re not the first person to ask this and you definitely won’t be the last. Luckily it’s a lot easier than it initially seems. Follow this guide and you’ll be sipping an ice-cold Cisk on a Gozitan beach before you know it!

Gozitan Beach

The Gozo Channel

The first thing worth mentioning is that Gozo is completely inaccessible by air or road, this only leaves access by boat. Before you scramble to get a boating license and put a deposit down on a sea vessel, you should know there is a more practical solution. Cirkewwa, in the north of Malta, has a ferry terminal that offers frequent crossings of the Gozo Channel.

The journey takes less than 20 minutes and the standard fare for a round trip is only €4.65 for foot passengers or €15.70 if you bring a car (keep in mind, these fares are subject to change). The ferry service runs around the clock from the early hours of the morning to late at night so you can be very flexible when organising your trip.

The Gozo Channel

Passing Comino and a plethora of fishing boats and speedboats along the way, this is a great introduction to the seafaring ways of the Maltese. Check out the Gozo Channel website for all the information you need.

Great, now you know how to travel between the two islands! But there is another question that needs answering, what’s the best way of getting to the ferry terminal in Cirkewwa? There are a number of different options available for you on this part of the journey. The public bus is always an option you can avail of, if you don’t mind the long journey. From Sliema and St. Julian’s you can take the 222. If you’re in Bugibba or around St. Paul’s Bay you can take the 221. The 41 and 42 depart from Valletta and the X1 will take you there from the airport. The ferry terminal is the last stop on all these routes so there’s no need to worry about getting off at the wrong location.

Gozo

During high season, the bus can often be full and won’t stop for extra passengers so it’s always good to keep your options open. If you’re going to Gozo straight from the airport, you can avail of the airport transfer service. This will take you directly from the airport to the ferry terminal in comfort and style.

If you want the freedom to go anywhere and see anything you want in Gozo, then why not hire a car? Gozo may be small, but having your own car trumps public transport or walking any day.

Explore the Rural Landscape

That’s all there is to it! The only difficult part about travelling to Gozo is deciding how you want to spend your time there. Before you gear up for the adventure of a lifetime, it’s important to have peace of mind with travel insurance cover. Gozo is a rural playground, so make sure you and your family are covered while you’re off exploring.


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