Virtu Ferries

Virtu Ferries is the leading operator in Malta, making regular connections between Catania and Pozzallo on Sicily, and Valletta, the historically rich Maltese capital.

The business is owned by Virtu Holdings, a conglomerate of shipping companies which was established in 1945, incorporating Virtu Ferries in 1988. Shortly after World War II, the parent company was responsible for clearing Maltese harbours of sunken vessels and derelict ships; today, Virtu Ferries specialises in fast and reliable links between Sicilian cities and Malta, with the shortest available route lasting an hour and forty five minutes.

In 1989, the first high-speed ferry was commissioned: San Frangisk, a thirty five-metre-long vessel built in Norway, which was gradually followed by four more high-tech ferries over the years. The second addition to the fleet was San Gwann, built in 2001, then two larger ferries called Jean de la Valette and Maria Dolores were introduced a few years after, accommodating large numbers of both foot passengers and vehicles. provides an impartial ferry comparison service allowing you to view numerous ferry company timetables and fares in one quick and easy search. Compare Virtu Ferries timetables and prices now with all alternative ferry operators before booking your ferry ticket.

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Virtu Ferries routes and ports

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Virtu Ferries Customer Reviews

  • "Passengers are not Sheep"

    The ferry was great and it's a lovely journey, but treatment of foot passengers at pozzallo is appalling. Herded into pens in the middle of the parking lot and left there for an hour, with no toilets, shelter or water.

    'Richard' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "Very pleasant crossing disputes rough sea"

    The crossing from pozzalo to Valletta was easy . It had been very rough earlier but calmed down for our crossing . Comfortable in club class . Had some tea and a sandwich . Slept for a bit the boat went from side to side and up and down but not bad at all .

    'Betty' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "Excellent Customer Service"

    The ride was smooth and customer service was excellent. Comfortable and relaxing. thank you

    'Anonymous' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "comfortable environmental friendly way to come to Malta"

    Taking the ferry is a nice and - compared to the plane - a very environmental friendly opportunity to reach Malta. The trip with the ferry was very nice. There is a lot of space and it is so much more comfortable than a plane. Only negative point: on a holiday and on Sundays there is no public transport connection from Catania (Sicily) to the port in Pozzallo (Siciliy). Paid a fortune for a taxi. Apparently there are buses you can book in advance but I never got that information, only afterwards. If you could improve your information policy about that, Firtu Ferries, that would be great. As I saw most of the passengers use the ferry without a car, so they need to come to the port somehow also on a Sunday. Also some more plug sockets would be great.

    'Carolina' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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