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

  • "An excellent crossing"

    Things couldn't have gone better with my Pozzallo -Valletta crossing with Virtu Ferries in Club class. Everything was top quality and all the staff extremely competent and kind. Highly recommended.

    'Anonymous' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "Very good and comfortable ferry"

    The ferry was very good and comfortable. It was also very clean. The service was excellent

    'Ceila' travelled with Virtu Ferries

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  • "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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