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 Customer Reviews

  • "Trip from Pozallo to Valletta "

    Overall the staff were lovely and helpful. However the confusion with the paperwork especially the print out of the ferry ticket. Plus the wait time to disembark was a half an hour which was too long. All passengers felt annoyed.

    'Deirdre' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "Malta to Sicily with the seacat"

    Very smooth operation no hitches at all

    'John' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "Clean socks"

    Well there's not really a choice for this crossing but it's ok. It's clean and spacious, modern and comfortable. The staff are mostly really cheerful which is hard to bear so early in the morning. One steward said "take your feet off the seat" really rudely which I didn't like. I had taken off my boots and had clean socks. I wasn't being a yob and he shouldn't have treated me like one. The cafe was as expensive as one would expect, but I didn't expect the tea to be so bad! There is no point making tea without boiling water, and it should not be offered if there is no boiling water.

    'Sara' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "Very comfortable and friendly trip"

    We enjoyed our trip and was impressed the ship and facilities. My wife bought coffee and a cake and the member of the crew helped her to carry it to the table. The seats were comfortable and unlike other ferries I have travelled on the windows were clean! You need clean windows to enjoy the experience of entering the harbour at Valletta. It was worth the trip for this experience alone. The Pazzolo shore facilities were a bit basic and when we arrived early we were a bit shocked to find no where to sit. A member of staff noticed this and found two chairs to sit on which was very helpful. That said I do not like to think I am old but I think others are looking at me as a pensioner!! Anyway there are new buildings on the dock they do not seem to be using them?? All in all great ship, great route hopefully Pozallo shore services will improve as the season starts.

    'Robert' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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