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Malta's Panoramic South Hop On Hop Off Tour

Island of Malta, Malta
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Explore Malta at your own pace with on a hop-on hop-off bus tour from Valletta. The double-decker open-top bus travels between important southern landmarks with audio commentary offered in 16 languages. Stops include popular sites such as the Tarxien Temples, Blue Grotto, and the fishing village of Marsaxlokk. 
  • Hop-on hop-off tour of southern Malta (Red tour)
  • Customize your sightseeing with several departures and a choice of stops
  • Disembark to explore sites of interest in more depth
  • Hear informative commentary on board the bus
Either make your own way to Sliema Ferries to board the South (Red) Tour or make use of the provided transport from Malta hotels to the terminus in Sliema.

The full loop takes about three hours to complete. Buses depart every 30 minutes starting at 9am. From Monday through Saturday, the last tour leaves Sliema at 3pm; on Sundays the last tour leaves at 2pm. Most of the tour buses have wheelchair access.

Return transport is provided to hotels in Malta from Sliema Ferries at 3pm, 4pm, and 6pm from Monday to Saturday; and at 3pm and 5pm on Sundays.

You can hop on and off the bus at the following stops:
• Valletta Bus Terminus
• War Museum & Fort St. Elmo
• Mediterranean Conference Centre
• Malta Experience Show
• Valletta Waterfront
• Tarxien Temples
• Hypogeum
• Vittoriosa Waterfront
• Zejtun Parish Church
• Zejtun St. Gregory’s Church
• Marsaxlokk fishing village and market
• Ghar Dalam Cave and Museum
• Blue Grotto
• Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples
• Malta Falconry Centre
• Limestone Heritage


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A good overview to see only a couple of sites
, Oct 2019
First, there are at least two companies doing HOHO tours on the island. Read the maps carefully so you know whether the one you choose is going to the place(s) you want to visit. The tour takes a very long time to run through its route (almost three hours). This can be a nice trip when the weather is good and you could use a nice breeze. Since it takes so long to get around the island, you really only have time to see one or two sites before the bus circulation ends (late afternoon). Actually, there isn't that much to see from the bus, although it is nice to be able to get an overview of the southern (more interesting) part of the island. Your alternative is to take a bus to the sites you are interested in and if you are a confident traveler, you might want to do that. Traffic on the island is slow-moving and the streets are narrow, hence the long tour even though the distances are not that great. Commentary on board was okay. I stopped off at the Temples, which was a fascinating site, but when I got on the bus to travel again and then get off at the Limestone Heritage Park and Gardens, the driver told me they were closed on Mondays. I took his word for it and passed on it, only to learn later that their website said it was indeed open on Mondays. Very disappointed about that. Otherwise, I recommend this is you want to relax, get a general sense of the island and visit one or two sites of special interest to you, but start early in the day so you can get them in.
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Dennis E
, Oct 2019
The ride was long and arduous around and around steep winding and twisting hills of Malta. It is very confusing to find out where to meet the bus. It took over an hour and a half to get back to the port from our last stop. We only got to three of the locations. Spend the extra money and take a taxi. There is a lot to see.
A good way to move around the island
, Oct 2019
It is a good way to see a number of places of interest if you do not want to travel on a normal bus or buy an organised tour. However, you must be prepared to walk a bit further on some occasions (to Tarxien Temples or to the Blue Grotto view point). The bus is not always on time, as it came once 10 minutes before schedule. The bus stops are not well marked so if you do not remember the point where it stopped, you might not be able to find it. Still, it enabled us to see what we wanted although you might need to be prepared to skip some points of interest to see the most famous ones. You will also need to be prepared to walk fast if you want to see most of them. I managed to see Tarxien temples (I had not been able to book Hypogeum tickets three months in advance and i appreciate that you would require more time in the neighborhood if you did want to see it as well), Marsaxlokk Village, Blue Grotto (motorboat trip into the caves + viewpoint, but be prepared to walk up! it is quite strenuous it being on the hill - therefore, I would welcome an additional stop near Panorama stop) as well as Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples. Overall, I am happy with the tour!
The hypogeum is on this tour but you...
malcolm v
, Oct 2017
The hypogeum is on this tour but you have to book well in advance to go in.This shd be informed on booking this tour.Apart from that Marshalok is a nice fishing village and the blue grotto.I is well worth a visit.Take a small group boat with life jackets or walk up the hill and view from above.
If you can travel independently and...
Colette P
, Apr 2017
If you can travel independently and not rely on the hop on hop off buses you would get to see much more in a day. It was a nice, pleasant trip though.

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