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South Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

Type: Malta Sightseeing Tours
The south of the island features many interesting towns and places of interest including the 3 Cities, Ancient Temples, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Blue Grotto and more…
South Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
  • 1 Day Tour Ticket
  • Flexible tour times
  • Pace the day to your liking
  • Great photo opportunities
  • Audio guide in many languages
  • FLEXI Cancellation


Daily throughout the year


Tours start at 0900hrs from Sliema and depart every 30/60 mins after (depending on the season). Last departure is at 1500hrs

Tour duration without getting off is 2hrs 50mins
This route includes bus stops in this order - Sliema, Valletta Bus Terminus, War Museum & Fort St. Elmo, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta Waterfront, Tarxien Temples, Hypogeum, Vittoriosa Waterfront, Zejtun Parish Church, Zejtun St. Gregory’s Church, Marsaxlokk Fishing Village, Ghar Dalam Cave & Museum, Blue Grotto, Hagar Qim & Mnajdra Temples, Malta Falconry Centre, Limestone Heritage, Sliema

You can get off and back on the bus as much as you like during the tour.

The main highlights include;

Valletta was built by the Knights of St. John in 1565 and the bus stops conveniently just outside the city walls. Make your way to Castille and visit the Upper Barraka Gardens which offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications. Every day at noon the 'Noon Gun Salut' is fired from the lower part of the gardens, a spectacle worth seeing. If you intend staying in Valletta take a walk down Merchants and Republic Streets where you can admire numerous historical buildings built by the Knights including the Auberges, the Grand Masters Palace and the St. John's Co. Cathedral. Valletta is also ideal for shopping and lunch.

Other stops in Valletta include the panoramic fortified route around the city, Fort St. Elmo and the National War Museum, the award-winning Malta Experience and the stunning Valletta Waterfront. This beautifully renovated 18th-century wharf is also the main cruise ship terminal and has an excellent range of restaurants and cafeterias.

Birgu forms part of the Three Cities and is the oldest fortified city of the Grand Harbour. In 1530 the Knights of St. John first settled in this area. Here you can visit the historical centre of the city which is known as the 'collachio', the area which was occupied by the Knights'.

Tarxien Temples & Hypogeum
Tarxien was the first temple site to be excavated and it offers a unique collection of circa. 3000 BC sanctuaries. Stone idols and tablets, domestic animals carved in relief, altars and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns, oracular chambers and riches enhance the attractions of these temples. Located close to Tarxien Temples is the unique Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. This ancient underground monument is 12 metres below street level. It consists of a network of passages, chambers and caves cut on three levels, similar to the interior of a megalithic temple. The most impressive part of the temple is the "Holy of Holies" and one of the most important prehistoric masterpieces known as the "Sleeping Lady" was also found here.

Note! If you intend to visit the Hypogeum you cannot enter this site unless you have prebooked your tickets.

This southern town is a great example of a typical southern lifestyle. The main piazza is dominated by the main church, however, the piazza (centre) is a hive of activity in the morning.

Marsaxlokk Fishing Village
Experience a little local culture at the pretty traditional fishing village of Marsaxlokk. This quaint village which is characterized by low lying buildings and the colourful traditional fishing boats known as the 'luzzu', hundreds of them fill up the bay. There is also a small local market from Mon to Sat and a big market all day on Sunday's. Marsaxlokk is also renowned by the locals as the BEST place to eat fresh fish at one of the many restaurants.

Blue Grotto
A series of caves along the coast which is accessible by boat...you will be amazed by the crystal clear sea. If you would like to take the short 25-minute boat trip they operate subject to suitable weather conditions and the cost is €8 per person.

Hagar Qim Temple Complex
These unique ancient temples were built over 7000 years ago!

On Saturday Afternoon, Sunday's and Public Holidays most shops are closed.
Churches and Cathedrals are not always open to the public, they close their doors to tour visitors on Sunday's, Public Holidays and if they are hosting a funeral, wedding and other types of events. 

Additional Information

Times & Duration
The bus is scheduled to pick up/drop off at points of interest every 30/60 minutes (depending on the season). 

We highly recommend that you join the tour as early as possible so you can hop off at the main points of interest and you can do this as many times as you like during the tour. When you are ready just just hop on again to contune with the tour. 

The tour duration is 2hrs 50mins without getting off the bus. 

An updated schedule will be provided when boarding the bus.
On Bus Commentary
A recorded audio guide commentary is available in Maltese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Danish languages.

Free earphones provided.

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€25.00 Adult
€16.00 Child (5yrs to 15yrs)
€1.00 Infants (4yrs and under)
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Price Includes
1 day ticket
Pick up/Drop off if required