Public Transport in Malta

The Malta Public Transport website:

These are the ticket options available:

For students staying for 1 or 2 weeks we would recommend that you buy the 7-Day Explore Card. This allows for unlimited travel and unlimited use of buses for 7 days, and allows you to visit all of local sites of interest, in any part of Malta and Gozo. You can hop on or off at any time and as many times as you want. This card is valid to use for both Day Services and Night Services. The card can be bought from Sales & Information Offices and Terminals of the Malta Public Transport, such as the airport and the Valletta Bus Terminus, but also at outlets in St Julian’s near to the school. Gateway’s staff members can guide you on the nearest outlet/s from where to buy the card.

Price for the 7-Day Explorer Card: Adult €21 / Child (up to 10 years old) €15

If you won’t be using the public transport regularly you can also opt for the 12 Single Journeys. The 12 Journey Card is another easy and cost-effective way of getting around Malta and Gozo. Perfect for those using the bus every now and then, this card can be shared between different persons and is valid for one year. You can also use this card on Night Services. You can use it for 12 Single Journey Tickets on Day Services or 6 Single Journey Tickets on Night Services, or a combination of both. This card expires within twelve months from first use.

Price for the 12 Single Day Journeys: €15

For more information about the 7-Day Explorer Card & the 12 Single Journeys Card please visit the website: 

Or if you wish to order any of the above cards online: 

See below for other options for long term students staying for 3 weeks or more (Tallinja Card).

For Long Term Students staying for 12 weeks or more (3 months or more) we would recommend the personalised Student Tallinja Card.

Your personalised Tallinja transport card

The tallinja card is an intelligent bus card designed to make it easy for you to use the bus. The card is personalised with your photo and name and can easily be topped up with credit:

  • online,
  • over the phone,
  • at any of the Malta Public Transport sales outlets
  • or at any MaltaPost post office.

Your credit will not expire.

When using your tallinja card you will benefit from cheaper fares than when you pay on the bus. Every time you board the bus simply touch the reader on the bus with your tallinja card. A fare for every journey will be deducted automatically from your available credit. It’s that easy and much quicker!

You can easily register for this card online before you travel to Malta. We would recommend that you register for your card at least two weeks prior to your arrival date in Malta, as the card is usually delivered within two weeks of registration. This way, you can make sure that the card is readily available and that you have it in hand by the time you arrive in Malta (so that you will not need to wait for it to arrive when you are already here). You can simply insert the school’s address (Gateway School of English) in the appropriate field in the online application form and the card will be delivered directly to the school before your arrival or during your first few days here.

A registration fee applies for all cards, together with registered postage charges and a minimum top-up to activate the card (reduced to €10 in the case of Child and Concession Cards). This amount of top-up credit will be available for use immediately upon receiving the card, and your credit will not expire.

Registering for your tallinja card

Registering for your tallinja card is very easy and can be done online in just a few minutes. You will be required to provide your email address or mobile phone number, which the Malta Public Transport can use to communicate with you. Please remember that the card is usually delivered within two weeks of registration.

Online registration can be done here:

Guide for registering online:

Step 1:

Make sure that you enter your passport number and a valid e-mail address.

Long term students staying for a minimum of 3 months can apply for the student card (which has cheaper student rates) by ticking the box at the bottom of the registration page:

tick box Gateway School of english I am a student attending a full time course with a recognised educational institute in Malta for a minimum of 3 months

Go to Step 2 below.

Note: If you are not attending a course for a minimum of 3 months (so if you are staying for less than 3 months and you have not ticked the box above), you will be redirected to Step 3 (see Step 3 below).

Step 2:

If you have ticked this box:

tick box Gateway School of english I am a student attending a full time course with a recognised educational institute in Malta for a minimum of 3 months

You will need to choose the educational institution at which you are following your English course. Therefore, choose ‘Other’ from the drop down menu and then enter the name of the institution: Gateway School of English GSE

You will also need to upload proof of attendance on a full time course (minimum of 3 months) from a recognised educational institution. The proof of attendance is your Letter of Acceptance, which we sent you by email when you booked your course with us. If you have any questions or you cannot find your Letter of Acceptance please send us an email on [email protected] and we will send it to you.

You can then continue with the registration (see Step 3 below).

Step 3:

In Step 3 you will have to provide the delivery address. ALWAYS insert the address of the school as follows:

Enter house name/number: Gateway School of English no.1

Enter Street: Bosfru Street

Select Locality: San Gwann

Enter Postcode: SGN 1953

Then upload a passport photo and a copy of your passport or ID card.

Step 4:

Proceed with the payment. The card will be delivered within two weeks of your registration.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us: [email protected]