Malta Public Transport

300,000 Registered Tallinja Cards Holders


300,000 Registered Tallinja Cards Holders

300,000 customers registered for a Tallinja Card within the first three years since the launch of the new payment system. These customers are benefitting from reduced fares when using their Tallinja Card on the public transport network operated by Malta Public Transport.

More than a million passengers travel by bus every week, with more than 700,000 customers paying with a personalised Tallinja Card. The Tallinja Card introduced an innovative concept to Malta, making travelling easier as customers not only pay reduced fares compared to cash tickets bought on board the bus, but also benefit from daily, weekly and monthly capping systems according to the type of their Tallinja Card.

Topping up Tallinja Cards is easy, with different methods available to suit different customers. Customers may also set up an Auto Top-Up function on their Tallinja Card in order to ensure that they never run out of credit.

As from 2017, Tallinja Card holders could also pay for the Valletta Ferry Service, an innovative concept in multimodality, where two private operators work together to provide a public transport service characterised by more than one mode of transportation. Furthermore, customers benefit from a reduced fare on the ferry when paying with their Tallinja Card instead of when paying in cash. To date, more than 50,000 people have paid with their Tallinja Card when using the ferry.

 Free travel for one year for the 300,000th Tallinja Card holder


 As the 300,000th customer to register for a Tallinja Card, Mr Emanuel Farrugia is the lucky winner of a year of free travel on the public transport service. Mr Farrugia will enjoy 12 months of free travel for free on Malta Public Transport buses, including night services and special services and direct services.

“Together with the new vehicles, the changes to the route network and the Tallinja App, the introduction of the Tallinja Card has been one of the most important changes introduced to public transport locally. Not only does the Tallinja Card offer its holder reduced fares when travelling by bus, but it also improves boarding time and eliminates the need to carry spare change,” said Daniel Grech, Commercial Director at Malta Public Transport.

 Tallinja Card in numbers 

  • 300,000 Tallinja Cards have been issued between 2015 and 2018, representing over 70% of the Maltese population.
  • Over 75,000 Tallinja Card holders are aged over 60, paying only 0.25c per trip when using public transport, with a daily capping of 0.50c and a weekly capping of €2.00.
  • An average of 6,000 passengers reach their capping limit by the second week of the month, therefore enjoying free travel during the rest of that month.
  • In 2018, the number of people who paid by card instead of cash increased by almost 5 million from 2017.
  • During the past three months, over 162,000 individual Tallinja Card holders have travelled with their Tallinja Card, representing an increase of 6% over the previous year.
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