I'm a massive fan of the City Sightseeing buses. I think they're the best way to see the place you're visiting and find out a bit about the history, locals etc. Nonetheless, I was disappointed with the Malta service. First of all, the buses have a lot to answer for. They're very run down and could do with some TLC. The tickets are very confusing and it's not clear what your ticket entitles you to. I didn't appreciate getting my ticket from the rep before getting on the bus to then have my ticket completely scrutinised by the same lady during a spot check on the bus, 5 mins later. There are 2 tours - North and South. My husband and I did the North bus and it requires planning in advance of what you want to see as the route is so long that it's not easy to go back to one of the first stops on the route later in the day. The drivers seem a bit manic! They drove incredibly fast - at one point, the bus careered into a branch on the left hand side, resulting in a poor lady being whacked in the face. The driver didn't care and carried on. Top tip is to sit on an aisle seat! It was unclear which stop was what on the tour, even when listening to the commentary. A number of people missed stops and, as mentioned before, it's near on impossible to go back to a stop you've missed. The timings of the buses seemed random - the timetable provided means nothing as I don't think any bus we got was matching those times. There were numerous times when we had to get off the bus and get onto another one - not really sure why. The final straw was when we got the 2nd to last bus from Mdina, with the aim of seeing out the end of the route. Our driver stopped at the craft village (on a Sunday when everything was shut) for a cigarette. After getting back on the bus, we thought we'd be on our way...30 minutes later, and after the next sightseeing bus overtakes us, it turns out the driver is fast asleep!!! Not what you want when you're looking forward to getting back to your hotel after a long day (and with nothing to look at). Eventually the driver gets going again (taking a wrong turn along the way) and we then have to switch buses to the bus that overtook us. We then proceeded to wait another 20 minutes on this bus, while the driver had a cigarette and chatted on his phone. What should've taken about 30 mins, took 1 hour 30 to get back to our hotel. On the plus side, the bus did drop us back along the coastal road in Bugiba, where we were staying, so we didn't have to make our own way back. Not sure what the Malta Sightseeing bus is like but I would be tempted to use them next time.
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