Speed Limits, Types of Road and Road Signs

Understand the speed limits and different types of roads in Malta and find out about road signs, speed limits and traffic alerts…

Types of Roads

Although the road system in Malta has improved in recent years, it is still in need of some upgrading in places. Despite this, the mortality rate from road crashes in Malta is one of the lowest in the world.

Malta has two types of road classification, indicated with numbers as follows.

  • Arterial roads – Indicated on road signs with white numbers on a blue background
  • Distributor roads – Indicated on road signs with three black numbers on a yellow background

The arterial and distributor (primary) road network is the responsibility of Transport Malta.

Secondary and tertiary roads are not numbered.

There are no toll roads in Malta. However, a fee applies for vehicles entering Valletta; this is known as the Controlled Vehicular Access (CVA) system.

Real-time traffic conditions are available on the Maltese Traffic website.

Speed Limits

General speed limits in Malta are 50 Km/h in built up areas and 80 Km/h on open roads. Local speed restrictions may apply and will be clearly signposted.

Other vehicle types have specific speed limits:

  • Buses and coaches: 40 Km/h in built-up areas and 60 Km/h on open roads
  • Goods vehicles: 30 Km/h in built-up areas and 60 Km/h on open roads
  • Industrial and agricultural vehicles: 20 Km/h in built-up areas and 60 Km/h on open roads

Speed cameras are used in Malta and are indicated by a white, square sign with a black camera.

Road Signs

Road signs in Malta are similar to those found in many other European countries, as follows:

  • Warning signs are triangular with a red outline
  • Prohibitory signs are circular with a red outline
  • Places of interest signs are labelled on a brown background

A full list including pictures of road signs and an explanation can be found on pages 74-83 of the Maltese Highway Code.