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He’s almost here! These are the Maltese roads Pope Francis will be passing through
Don’t miss a beat!

Kim Vella

It’s going to be a weekend, as the islands gear up to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis for a two-day visit. 

In preparation for his arrival, local authorities have cleared all the roads that he will be passing through from parked cars and closed some off to traffic   

The Pontiff will predominantly travel in his official car, but the popemobile will be used in Valletta, Floriana, and Gozo.  

Most streets in Valletta and Floriana have already been closed off and will remain closed until 6pm on Sunday. 

The rest of the streets will be closed for a few hours before the motorcade passes through and opened again shortly afterwards.  

Here’s the full list of the roads Pope Francis will be passing through during his visit to the Maltese islands: 

Saturday 

Route One: Malta International Airport to Palace Square, Valletta  

Time: 10:15am  

Duration: 15 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets:  

  • Malta International Airport   
  • Hal Far Road   
  • Aviation Road   
  • Council of Europe Road   
  • Luqa Road   
  • Santa Lucija Roundabout  
  • Vjal Santa Lucija to NEW Bridge   
  • Aldo Moro Road    
  • 13th December Road    
  • National Road, Blata l-Bajda  
  • Portes des Bombes  
  • St Anne Street   
  • War Memorial   
  • Great Siege Road (Opposite Independence Monument)   
  • King Edward Street (Phoenicia Hotel)   
  • City Gate   
  • Republic Street   
  • St. George’s Square   
  • The Palace, Valletta  

  

Route Two: The Palace, Valletta to Apostolic Nunziature, Rabat  

Time: 12:15pm  

Duration: 20 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets 

  • The Palace   
  • St George’s Square    
  • Republic Street    
  • City Gate   
  • King Edward Street (Opposite Phoenicia Hotel)   
  • Great Siege Road   
  • War Memorial   
  • St Francis Hill, Floriana   
  • St. Anne Street   
  • Portes des Bombes   
  • 13th December Road   
  • Up to Marsa-Hamrun Bypass   
  • Mriehel Bypass    
  • Central Link    
  • Saqqaja Hill   
  • Triq Nikola Saura    
  • Borg Olivier Street    
  • Triq tal-Virtu    
  • Apostolic Nunziature   

  

Route Three: Apostolic Nunziature, Rabat to Virtu Ferries Terminal, Marsa  

Time: 3:25pm  

Duration: 20 minutes at 50km/hr  

Streets 

  • Apostolic Nunziature   
  • Triq tal-Virtu   
  • Borg Olivier Street   
  • Triq Nikola Saura   
  • Saqqaja Hill   
  • Mdina Road   
  • Central Link   
  • Mriehel Bypass   
  • Marsa-Hamrun Bypass to December 13th Road   
  • December 13th Road   
  • National Road   
  • Portes De Bombes   
  • St Anne Street   
  • War Memorial   
  • St Francis Hill, Floriana   
  • Pinto Wharf   
  • Virtu Terminal  

  

Route Four: Mgarr Harbour, Gozo to Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Gharb  

Time: 5:05pm  

Duration: 20 minutes at 50km/hr  

Streets 

  • Mgarr Harbour    
  • Mgarr Road   
  • Triq ix-Xatt    
  • Fortunato Mizzi Street  
  • Republic Street    
  • Independence Square   
  • Sir Adrian Dingli Street   
  • St Orsola Street   
  • Pope John Paul Street   
  • Gharb Street   
  • Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary   

  

Route Five: Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Gharb to Mgarr Harbour, Gozo  

Time: 6:25pm  

Duration: 20 minutes at 50km/hr  

Streets 

  • Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary   
  • Gharb Street   
  • Pope John Paul Street   
  • St Orsola Street   
  • Sir Adrian Dingli Street Independence Square    
  • Republic Street   
  • Fortunato Mizzi Street   
  • Triq ix-Xatt    
  • Mġarr Road    
  • Mġarr Harbour   

 

Route Six: Cirkewwa, Mellieha to Apostolic Nunziature, Rabat  

Time: 7:25pm  

Duration: 35 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets 

  • Cirkewwa   
  • Marfa Road   
  • Triq il-Qammieh   
  • Triq il-Marfa   
  • Triq George Borg Olivier   
  • Main Street   
  • Selmun Hill    
  • Mistra Road    
  • Xemxija Hill   
  • Roundabout to St Paul’s Bypass   
  • St Paul’s Bypass   
  • Roundabout to Burmarrad Road   
  • Burmarrad Road    
  • Jupiter Roundabout    
  • Mount St Joseph    
  • Buqqana Roundabout towards Infetti Road    
  • Saqqajja Hill   
  • Nikola Saura Street    
  • Borg Olivier Street    
  • Tal-VirtuStreet    
  • Apostolic Nunziature   

  

Sunday, 3rd April   

Route Seven: Apostolic Nunziature, Rabat to St Paul’s Church, Rabat  

Time: 8:25am  

Duration: 5 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets 

  • Virtu Road   
  • Towards Borg Olivier Street [against one way]   
  • College Street   
  • Rabat Centre   
  • St Paul’s Grotto and Parish Church Rabat   

  

Route Eight: St Paul’s Church, Rabat to the Granaries, Floriana  

Time: 9:10am  

Duration: 25 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets 

  • St Paul’s Grotto and Parish Church Rabat   
  • St Paul’s Street (Stops at Ta’ Ġieżu Church and Serkin)     
  • Museum Road    
  • Saqqajja Hill    
  • Mdina Road    
  • Central Link    
  • Notabile Road (Stops at Oxford House and Wignacourt Arch)  
  • St Joseph High Road   
  • MUSEUM Chapel at Blata l-Bajda (Stop to visit Museum Chapel)  
  • National Road    
  • Porte des Bombes    
  • St Anne Street    
  • War Memorial    
  • Lion Monument    
  • Sarria Street   
  • Into the Granaries   

 

Route Nine: Granaries, Floriana to Apostolic Nunziature, Rabat  

Time: 12:15pm  

Duration: 25 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets 

  • The Granaries    
  • Great Siege Road    
  • War Memorial    
  • St Anne Street   
  • National Road Blata l-Bajda   
  • December 13 Road   
  • Up to Marsa-Hamrun Bypass   
  • Mriehel Bypass    
  • Central Link    
  • Saqqajja Hill   
  • Triq Nikola Saura    
  • Borg Olivier Street    
  • Tal-VirtuRoad    
  • Apostolic Nunziature   

 

Route Ten: Apostolic Nunziature, Rabat to Peace Laboratory, Hal-Far  

Time: 4:15pm  

Duration: 30 minutes at 40km/hr  

Streets 

  • Virtu Road   
  • Triq tal-Virtu  
  • Go to Borg Olivier Street [against one-way]  
  • Nikola Saura Street   
  • Saqqajja Hill    
  • Mdina Avenue    
  • Central Link   
  • Mriehel Bypass   
  • Marsa-Hamrun Bypass   
  • Aldo Moro Road   
  • Vjal Santa Lucija   
  • Santa Lucija Underpass   
  • Tal-Barrani   
  • Bir id-Deheb (Stop at Montebello Tyres Showroom)  
  • Ghar Dalam Road (Stop at Alfresco Pizzeria)   
  • Triq Zarenu Dalli   
  • Pjazza ta’ Birżebbuġa (Stops at Parish Church, Pretty Bay [against one way], and Police Station)  
  • Triq San Patrizju (Stop at Freeport Roundabout Hal Far Road)      
  • Peace Laboratory   

  

Route Eleven: Peace Laboratory, Hal Far to Malta InternationalAirport  

Time: 5:45pm  

Duration: Four minutes at slow speed  

Streets 

  • Peace Laboratory   
  • Hal Far Road towards Gudja   
  • Ministerial Lounge (entrance thro’ Hal Far Road)    

  

Click here to watch all the videos indicating the exact routes Pope Francis will be taking on his visit to Malta.   

Will you be going to see His Holiness?

1st April 2022


Kim Vella
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Kim Vella
A highly curious explorer always looking to find her next adventure. Kim loves sharing her experiences and what's happening on the Maltese Islands. When not writing, you’ll probably find her playing around with some clay or somewhere surrounded by trees. She's always up for listening to people's stories about anything to do with nature, a passion project or issue you feel needs tending to.

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