GOZO - GETTING AROUND
Many of the distances within villages are walkable and most of the roads are fairly quiet and pleasant to walk along. There is also a footpath network, though the paths require good shoes and a good map (they are not always clearly marked on the ground). There are longer distances if traveling between different villages, ranging from 1 to 3 miles from one village to the next.
It is possible to walk the whole circumference of the island (around 34 miles). A local legend says that a Gozitan rambler planted Spanish Vetch (Ġulbiena tas-serp) all along the footpath so that hikers will not get lost.
You need to be over 18 years old and hold a valid driving license. It is fine to travel to the mainland Malta with a hired car and the only extra charge incurred for doing so will be a pricier ferry ticket.
Gozo is a very small island and has well signposted roads to all its attractions. Most roads branch off from the central capital town, Victoria, and can easily explore the island with a car rental during your visit. The public bus service on Gozo is not very frequent and bus travel may be restrictive.
Having your own car allows you to make a lot more of your trip and discover the many hidden charms these small islands have to offer.
Car rentals can be found at the Malta Airport and taken over by ferry, as well as the Mgarr Gozo Ferry Terminal. Rentals start at around €35 per day.
Transport is provided by a fair service of buses from Mgarr to Victoria and vice-versa and from Victoria to all towns and villages in Gozo. The main bus terminus is situated in Victoria and route numbers are on the front of the buses.
The bus system in Gozo is run by Malta Public Transport Services Ltd. Tickets are around €2 for a 2-hour ticket in summer and around €1.50 for the same ticket in winter. The bus runs between 5:30 am and 11:00 pm. The Public Transport website can be found here: www.publictransport.com.mt
Other: A hop-on hop-off bus service operates in Gozo. The open top bus tour of Gozo starts from the harbor of Mġarr and there are `Hop on and Hop off` stops located along the route. In Gozo, there are 2 hop-on hop-off providers, City Sightseeing Gozo and Gozo Sightseeing. Both offer a tour service linking various places of interest on the island. Each tour includes an audio commentary in 16 languages and each tour takes 45 minutes. A day ticket for adults costs about €15 and children pay around €9.
A scooter or bicycle can be a nice way to enjoy and get around the island. Renting a bicycle or a mountain bike is also the eco-friendly alternative, more in line with Gozo`s Eco-island initiative. With so many natural scenic routes to explore, cycling is becoming more and more popular. Bicycles and scooters can be rented from various bike rental shops around Gozo.By Ferry
Gozo lies about 3 miles in the North West of Malta and it takes about 25 minutes to cross by ferry. The ferry from Mgarr, Gozo`s main harbor to the Cirkewwa on Malta departs 45 minutes in the summer and almost as often in the winter. A round trip costs around €4.65. Services run till late in the evening.By Taxi
Taxis are an option, but much more expensive than driving yourself around. You can easily grab a taxi or hire a car at the ferry terminal on arrival.
On Gozo, Taxis are found just as one arrives at the Mgarr Gozo Ferry Terminal, in Victoria Bus Terminus, in Victoria`s Main Square - (Independence Square / It-Tokk), beaches and various other taxi stands are found across the island. Taxi can also be hailed anywhere around the island. White taxis are all equipped with taxi meters.
Taxi drivers also specialize in offering Tours around the island of Gozo at very competitive prices that compare very well with other services such as sightseeing buses and according to clients requests. Such Tours include stopping in places of one`s choice, example: time for shopping, picture stops, time for lunch and also time for swimming.