The Gozo Channel ferry is a passenger ferry that operates between the islands of Malta and Gozo. Gozo Channel is the primary way of transport between Malta and Gozo for tourists, locals and commercial entities. It boasts over 3.3 million passengers every year. The ferry sails between Ċirkewwa in Malta and Mġarr in Gozo. The crossing time is approximately around 25 minutes.
Gozo Channel Ferry Schedule
The Gozo Channel ferry operates seven days a week all year round. It operates both day and night. During the summer season the ferry operates more frequently due to increased demand. The current ferry schedule has been operating since the 28th of February. This schedule will remain in operation till the 11th of November. The schedule varies slightly from one day to another. That said, the first ferry leaves at midnight every night. It does so both from Cirkewwa, Malta and Mgarr, Gozo. During the night, the ferry keeps operating every 30 minutes to an hour. During the day, from 6 am onward, the ferry operates every 15 to 45 minutes. The complete Gozo Channel ferry schedule may be found on their website.
Gozo Channel Ferry Facilities
All Gozo Channel ferries have a good number of toilets that may be used by all passengers. They also have a cafeteria that sells a variety of food and drinks. Also a bookshop may be found where one may buy newspapers, books and stationary. The ferries also have internal and external seating areas.
Gozo Channel Terminal Facilities
Both terminals have toilet facilities, a seating waiting area and cafeteria. The Mgarr, Gozo terminal also has a ticket booth.
Gozo Channel Useful Information
Here is some good to know information about the Gozo Channel ferry service:
The Gozo Channel ferries operate 365 days a year.
A trip, both from Malta to Gozo and Gozo to Malta, takes approximately 25 minutes.
No smoking is allowed.
Passengers can board the Gozo Channel ferry with their car, motorbike, van and truck.
Passengers are not allowed to remain in their vehicle during the trip.
No identification, such as passport or visa, is needed to board the Gozo Channel ferry.
There is no need to book in advance to board a Gozo Channel ferry.
Gozo Channel Fares
Gozo Channel has different fares for different types of passengers. All fares are listed on the Gozo Channel fare page. It is important to note that all ferry tickets have to be purchased from the Gozo Mgarr terminal. This means that anyone based in Malta may catch the ferry to Gozo for free. Then they will pay for the ferry on the way back from Gozo.
Gozo Channel also offers special pricing for three groups of passengers. These are for daily commuters, frequent travellers and family passes. Family passes are only available to individuals that have parents, grandparents, brothers or sisters that were born and are still residing in Gozo.
Gozo Channel Fleet
The current fleet of Gozo Channel is made up of four ferries. Three of these ferries carry up to 900 passengers and over 70 cars. The fourth and most recent addition to the fleet may carry up to 650 passengers and 160 cars. All ferries are accessible to persons with disability.
Gozo Channel Contact Details
Last but not least, it is possible to get in touch with Gozo Channel to ask for more information. One may do so in three ways by:
Visiting their office that is located at Channel House, Mġarr Harbour, Mġarr, Gozo. GSM2480.
Calling them on (+356) 2210 9000.
Emailing them on [email protected].