Stunning stamps celebrate Malta’s vintage buses
They were boneshakers – but they were charming.
Malta’s famous vintage buses have been celebrated in a series of stunning MaltaPost stamps designed by artist Cedric Galea Pirotta.
The old buses were tourist attractions in themselves and provided millions of photo opportunities as they rattled around the island’s roads.
From the 1950s to the 1980s, each route was given a different colour, making it easier for passengers to find the right bus.
However, the vintage vehicles were taken out of service as part of a massive public transport revamp in 2011.
Around a dozen classic buses are still running, and take to the streets every day on private hire tours of the Maltese Islands.
Some couples even hire vintage buses for their weddings.
You’ll also see them ferrying tourists around Sliema, Rabat, Vittoriosa and Gozo.
Malta now has one of the most modern bus fleets in Europe thanks to serious investment by Malta Public Transport.
The bus operator runs frequent and regular services across Malta and Gozo, and carried a record 53.4 million passengers in 2018.
‘We are very proud to be carrying 14 million people more than we carried in our first year of operation,’ said Konrad Pulé, general manager of Malta Public Transport.
‘This constant growth in numbers is a clear sign that confidence in public transport is increasing. Our thanks goes to all our passengers, who are choosing to travel by bus instead of using a car.’
The routes carrying the most passengers in Malta are those serving holiday hotspots such as Sliema, St Julian’s, St Paul’s Bay and Mellieha as well as the Gozo Channel ferry terminal at Cirkewwa.
Now, let’s go back in time and take a look at a collection of stunning stamps, illustrating Malta’s classic buses.
Gozo post bus
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