Back to School 2018

As students gear up for another scholastic year and as the number of vehicles on our roads drastically increase, we are suggesting a number of alternative routes, reminding you what to do in case of a front to rear accident and what to do if your car breaks down during rush hour.


During peak hours, you can check how the traffic is flowing through a number of main roads, as monitored by our Traffic Control Centre


The Alternative Routes

While a number of experienced drivers already use some of the routes we are proposing, we took this opportunity to illustrate a number of less used roads.  Some may be longer and you might still get stuck in serious traffic, but most are worth a try.

Scroll down for a list, a map and occasionally a video of the routes we are proposing. If you’re travelling from the central part of the island towards the south, check out routes 1 to 4.  From the Northern part towards the centre or the south, check routes 5 through 8 and if you’re travelling from the southern parts towards the north, check from route 9 onwards.

On some of the routes we have fixed a number of information signs to remind you parts of the routes we are proposing.

Car breakdown

If your car breaks down on a main road during the peak traffic hours call Transport Malta immediately on 80073399.  A Transport Malta tow truck will move your vehicle to the next safe spot which does not obstruct traffic. It is illegal to block a road, even if your car breaks down.   This service is free of charge. The tow truck will not take your vehicle to your garage. 

Front to rear accident

What should you do if you are involved in a front to rear accident?  First and foremost you must always make sure to carry a front to rear form in your vehicle.  If you don’t have, get one from your insurance agent. You can take a quick picture after the accident but make sure you move the vehicles out of the way as soon as possible. It is illegal to block the road.  When you find a safe and legal spot where to park fill in all the details on the form. The form itself has detailed instructions on how to do that.

The Alternative Routes

Route 01

From Santa Venera to Gudja

This route will take you from the central part of the island, through Triq Ħal Qormi, which has been recently upgraded to allow a faster flow of traffic, towards the Airport.

Route 02

From Santa Venera to Floriana

From Santa Venera to Floriana going through Ħamrun.

Route 03

From Ħal Lija to the Airport

From the central part of Malta going to the Airport, through Ħaż-Żebbuġ, Siġġiewi and Mqabba.

A short video showing highlights of the route

Route 04

From Mosta to Floriana

From Mosta to Floriana, through the Mrieħel Bypass but circumventing a traffic prone area in Attard.

Route 05

From Mellieħa to the Airport

From Mellieħa, going through Mġarr or from Dingli going to the airport, through Siġġiewi and Mqabba.

A short video showing highlights of the route

Route 06

From Mellieħa to Floriana

From Mellieħa towards Valletta through the Ħaż-Żebbuġ bypass.

Route 07

From Mellieħa to the Airport

From Mellieħa going to the airport, through Rabat Siġġiewi and Mqabba.

Route 08

From Mellieħa to Floriana

From Mellieħa towards Valletta, using the Coast Road

Route 09

From Birżebbuġa to Rabat

From Birżebbuġa towards Rabat, going through Kirkop, Mqabba and Siġġiewi.

Route 10

From Marsaskala to Rabat

From Marsaskala towards Rabat, going through Kirkop, Mqabba and Siġġiewi.

Route 11

From Vittoriosa to Rabat

From Vittoriosa, Fgura and Tarxien towards Rabat, going through Gudja, Kirkop, Mqabba and Siġġiewi.