Gozo-Malta fast ferry service starts June 1
Virtu Ferries fares will cost EUR 12 per person; Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd’s new catamarans have arrived
The new Gozo-Malta fast ferry service is set to start on June 1 after the two operators who will be making the crossings announced their vessels are ready to roll. The shuttle service from the Grand Port of Valletta to the Port of Mġarr in Gozo has been made possible by the recent liberalization of maritime transport.
Reduced rates for Tallinja Card holders
Virtu Ferries was the first to announce its rates, saying in a statement yesterday that a return ticket for adults would cost 12 euros and 6 euros for children. Holders of a Tallinja Card will get a discount, paying EUR 11 for adults and EUR 5.50 for children.
There are special rates for residents of Gozo – EUR 5 for adults and EUR 3 for children. Gozitans using the Tallinja Card will pay EUR 4.60 for adults and EUR 2.70 for children. Tickets will be available soon from www.virtugozo.com.
The company has announced that it will organize the trips with two catamarans – San Franġisk and San Pawl, which have already served the Malta-Sicily route. Ships can travel 65 km per hour and the one-way trip is expected to take 45 minutes.
Invest in new vessels
Meanwhile, Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd. two high-speed passenger catamarans arrived at Malta’s Grand Harbor last week. The 40-meter-long ships named Your faith and Your wisdom were built in 2018. Equipped with the latest environmental technologies and advanced navigation capabilities, they can carry 300 passengers during each 45-minute journey.
Gozo Fast Ferry Ltd has stated that the journey between Mġarr in Gozo and the Grand Harbor in Valletta will be part of the company’s vision for multimodal transport. Therefore, the company is working with Malta Public Transport, the operator of the bus service, to ensure that passengers – including Tallinja Card holders – are offered a fast, smooth and value-added ride.
Several transport options
Transport Minister Ian Borg said tvm.com.mt that the government does not just put a new service on the map, but wants to put in place the necessary infrastructure so that once passengers disembark, they can use various transportation options to reach the desired location. He announced that the Upper Barrakka elevator will be free for all passengers who wish to walk to Valletta or return to Grand Harbor.