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I shall be visiting Malta for two weeks this summer and shall be staying in Mellieha, located in the north of the island, close to the ferry terminal where one can travel to its sister island - Gozo. Using only the local bus network as well as visiting the capital Valletta I would like to see as much of Malta (towns, villages, landmarks, places of interest etc....) as possible in a logical & systematic way. As Malta is one of the smallest nations in Europe (hopefully) this should be fairly achievable.

Any guidance on using the bus service on Malta (& Gozo) in this regard would be much appreciated.

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as per my other comment on the answer, I've edited this question to be about a single thing - the transportation, and recommend you ask a separate question on places of interest, making sure to check the guidelines in the faq first. –  Mark Mayo Feb 23 '13 at 22:20
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This is feasible without any problem. Malta has a very dense bus network, operated by Arriva. It provides the usual local connections, airport transfers and in some places even night buses. It's straightforward to use. You can use the journey planner, to get an idea of the available options.

The price of a single ticket is 2.20 EUR, and there are discounts for day tickets or 7 day tickets. Having a car is not so practical, it can even be cumbersome.

Gozo can be easily reached by ferry. The price for a single trip is 4.65 EUR. Arriva also operates a bus network on Gozo.

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+1 for the bus network operator, however I would like to know more about what places of interest, landmarks, monuments, museums (if any) etc is worth visiting & where they are located, and how easy they are to get to whilst travelling on the bus network. –  Simon Feb 23 '13 at 11:25
    
I seem to remember that the bus network on Gozo is less than ideal. –  MastaBaba Feb 23 '13 at 15:07
    
@MasterBaba I think Gozo is such a small place you can just get on one of those open top sightseeing red buses, when you get off the ferry at Gozo port and it will show you Gozo in a few hours. I'm more concerned with Malta, what there is too see there & how to get to those places, on the local buses. –  Simon Feb 23 '13 at 17:33
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@Simon you're asking two questions here - using local transportation, and about places of interest. I'd split them off - edit this one to be just the local transportation, and then make a new one for places of interest. However, please read the faq on how to word such a question - just asking for what places to see and so on violate the faq as it's asking for a list of recommendations. –  Mark Mayo Feb 23 '13 at 22:17
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@MarkMayo Fair enough –  Simon Feb 24 '13 at 10:53
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