South 'Hop On Hop Off' Bus Tour

Type: Hop On Hop Off Sightseeing Bus Tours

Discover the temples, local villages and great scenery

Tour Details

You can join this tour at any of the bus stops along the route or if you are not staying close to a bus stop transport is provided FREE of charge to the start of the tour. Details will be provided on the service voucher which you will receive after you have booked.
Recorded Commentary.

Free earphones provided. This tour is available in the following langauges:
Maltese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Danish.
Double Decker Open Top Buses
Not included into attractions at the locations stops
This sightseeing tour can be completed without getting off the bus in 3 hours 30 mins.

Tour Times & Availability

0900hrs (every 30 min after)
1700hrs (every 30 min before)

This tour is available daily throughout the year, except on Christmas Day.

Tour Description

You can join the South bus tour from any of the bus stops or from the main bus terminus in Sliema.

The main tour highlights include:

Castille, Valletta
Valletta which was built by the Knights of St. John in 1565. The bus will stop at Castille place from where you visit Barraka Gardens which offer stunning views of the Grand Harbour and magnificent fortifications. Everyday 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. You can also exchange lines at this stop.

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 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.

PLEASE NOTE If you intend visiting the Hypogeum you cannot enter this site unless you have prebooked your tickets.

This southern town is a great example of typical southern lifestyle. The main piazza is dominated by the main church, however the piazza (centre) is 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 on 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 are accessible by 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 where built over 7000 years ago!

Sliema Ferries
This is the main Malta Sightseeing Bus Terminus. Sliema is probably the busiest commercial area on the island. There are numerous shops, restaurants and cafeterias.

Tour Ratings & Reviews

The ratings and reviews that appear below are provided by independent travellers about this tour/attraction and the company that operate it.
Rated by Lengyel Ioan on 19/01/2018
Excelent...just the problems with headphones was an inconvenient... ...

Rated by Pauline Fuller on 04/10/2017
Worth while enabling you to see lots of the island.

Rated by Snjezana Cerjan on 07/08/2017
The bus is very quick and you couldn't make a photo.

Rated by Jessica Bondy-Carey on 07/07/2017
Nice way to see island. Meeting points comfusing...guy told me it started at 8 (I assumed from my pick up) and every 30 min after that, but really it started at 8 from the beginning location and didn't teach my stop until 815. Also, buses end earlier than posted schedules (it was like 430 instead of 5), which makes me feel like I didn't get a full days worth.

Rated by Zivile Kaubriene on 26/06/2017
As any other Hip on Hip off busses takes you to the most famous places where you can jump off and walk around. Just a wee warning if you pick to sit on the second floor of the bus make sure you apply plenty of sun cream as I burned the first day like a lobster :) Also I recommend if you pick this trip on a Sunday prefer to spend more time in Marsaxxlock village as on this day they got massive local market with lots of local stuff in it and much cheaper then in any of the other part of island :) Anyway make sure your wallets in a safe place as my sister nearly lost hers, one of the guy tried to pocket lift hers purse, we noticed on time and started screaming, the guy disappeared in seconds! Was funny afterwards :) You must to stop @ Blue Grotto and take speed boat to the caves, we were thinking why it's call speed boat but on a trip we noticed that boat don't stop at all, every cave we visited on speed, so make sure you do proper photos as no other chances will be given :), also nice to take a wee jump in a water just from the cliff, water is freezing in there and chills you out on a hot day, very nice experience:) Very enjoyable journey :) Thank you to the company :)

Rated by DAVID ROBERTSON on 08/06/2017
Enjoyed this tour very interesting

Rated by Dumiso Moyo on 11/05/2017
Good day out, a bit hectic and obviously a day is not enough to hop off on all sites but it was good.

Rated by Kiruba Vetharajan on 23/09/2016
it was really good

Rated by Carol Brooks on 06/09/2016
Brilliant, I really recommend this trip. Next time I will stay on the bus all the way around and not get off and go around and then get off at a few places. You really see all the places from the top deck.



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