The currency of Malta is Maltese lira (MTL). This currency is also called the Maltese pound or "pound". 1 Maltese lira is divided into 100 cents. Currency notes of 2, 5,10 and 20 liras exist and the change exists in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents. The foreign exchange offices at the International Airport of Malta are open round the clock. One can withdraw cash from the ATM's installed in almost all big tourist centres in the country. Various hotels as well as the big restaurants and boutiques provide currency exchange facilities but the rates offered at these places are generally lesser than those provided by the banks.
Shops are generally open from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and again from 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm. In tourist zones, various shops remain open till 10.00 pm. Shops are normally closed on Sundays and on public holidays.
Bank timings are generally from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm from Monday to Friday and from 8.30 am to 11.30 a.m. on Sunday. Some of the banks remain open for longer durations. In summers timings are different than in winters.
The working hours for public administration offices are: 8.00 am to 4.30 pm during winters and 7.30 am to 1.00 pm in summers (Monday to Friday).
Finally, the companies generally remain open from 8.30 am to 4.00 pm from Monday to Friday.
Another mode of transport in Malta is taxi. Taxis are easily identifiable thanks to their white colour. It is necessary to settle the price before traveling in a taxi in order to avoid any unpleasant experiences later on (one could refer to the official tariff card of the Malta Transport Authority). On arrival at the airport, you will have to go to the "Taxi" ticket office which gives tickets according to the desired destination. A taxi network run by private garages also exists (these taxis are black in colour), which is particularly reliable.
Car renting is also possible in Malta. It is a left-hand drive in Malta and sign post are on the right-hand side. Car renting rates are particularly attractive in Malta, especially at the airport. Principal international companies (Hertz, Avis, etc.) exist inside the international airport.
The Internet suffix is: .mt
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English is the second official language and its use is largely preferred in business circles. A majority of the Maltese people know a third language which could be Italian, German or French.