Transportation in Malta
Malta is centrally located in the Mediterranean, close to Italy, Greece and North Africa.
Malta flights are offered on a daily basis from the main airports around Europe to Malta Airport. A number of Mediterranean cruises stop in Valletta's Grand Harbour as well as ferry crossings from Sicily. The first thing you will notice when you travel around Malta, is that everything is close by. From one side of the island to the other side takes about 1 hour by car.
Our comprehensive Malta Transportation Guide below will tell you all you need to know about travelling in and around Malta. Use our Malta Destination Guide or check out our Malta tour options for good ways of exploring this beautiful archipelago.
- Malta Airport
- Mediterranean Cruises
- Malta Car Hire
- Malta Public Transportation
- Malta Island Ferries
- Malta Taxis
- Malta "Eco-friendly" CT Cabs
Air Malta is the republic's national airline and has good connections to major cities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Malta International Airport (MLA) is located at Luga in the South of Malta and is 7 km (4.5 miles) from Valletta in a South-Westerly direction. From the tourist area of St Julian's it would be 13 km or 8 miles and from Mellieha about 22 km or 13.5 miles. Though the airport itself is compact, it has all modern amenities at par with international standards: car hire, currency exchange, airline booking desks and information centres.
To reach the airport from Valletta, you could board bus 8, which departs at 20 minute intervals starting at 6 am and operates until 9 pm from the Valletta Bus Terminus. You could even drive to the airport in 30 to 45 minutes from any part of the island.
For transport from the airport to the city (or from the city to the airport), we recommend Green Path Transfers, who offer eco-friendly airport transfers in hundreds of destinations around the world.
Visit our partner Air Valid for Airline Reviews and Information about Malta. Below we have listed a number of airlines that fly to and from Malta; Air Malta, Easyjet, Air France, Alitalia, Ryanair and Lufthansa.
Mediterranean Cruises - Valletta's Grand Harbour
There are many cruise lines that included Valletta in their itineraries around the Mediterranean. Furthermore there are many ferry connections via Italy or Sicily. From Sicily there are good high-speed ferries to Malta. There are two options: Virtu Ferries or Grimaldi Ferries. Virtu Ferries operates with catamarans between Malta and Sicily. Grimaldi Ferries operates between Malta - Italy and Malta - Sicily.
Holland America Line (HAL)
Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
Malta Car Hire
There are many Malta car rentals present on the island, however driving in Malta is not without challenges. Poor traffic discipline, congested roads and parking problems are huge deterrents. Avis, Hertz and Europcar are recommendable Malta car hire companies.
Arriva Malta is a new public transport system for Malta and Gozo which was introduced in July 2011.The new service uses a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses, offering an efficient and affordable transport system on a wide route network across all of the Maltese Islands. Routes are divided into the folliwing categories:
Mainline routes - All these routes serve main towns, finishing at the principal bus terminus outside Valletta
Direct routes - Direct routes throughout Malta, without the need to travel to Valletta.
Night buses - Night buses mainly run from San Giljan (St Julian's)/Paceville to various locations in Malta.
Airport Express - To and from Malta International Airport
Park and Ride - There are three Park and Ride sites, all with connecting bus routes.
Gozo - Serving all main locations on the sister island
For info about Tickets and Fares go to http://www.arriva.com.mt/fare-information.
Malta Island Ferries
The ferry service between Malta and Gozo is operated by Gozo Channel Company Ltd. Crossovers take about 25 minutes and ticket prices for passengers are € 4,65 and for cars € 15,70.
White taxis can be hailed from anywhere on the island, but fix on the fare before you get in. The services from the airport have fixed rates to different parts of the island. The only spot you can't have a taxi pull over is at a bus stop, so take care not to stand at one when you are hailing a taxi.
You'll find white taxis in Valletta relatively expensive- much like Western Europe in terms of fares. They rarely have a meter, so it is crucial that you agree on a price before you board them. If you need a taxi, go for M Mobility Malta.
Water Taxi in Grand Harbour Valletta
If you'd like to see more of the coastline from afar, you can hire a Water Taxi operated by A & S Water Taxis. Catch one from the Grand Harbour and you could even go as far as the historic Vittoriosa or Senglea on the traditional boat called the ‘dghajsa'.
Malta "Eco-friendly" CT Cabs
To explore the island the eco-friendly way, get into one of the CT cabs. These electric vehicles run on battery power and in and around Valletta. If you spot one and want to hop on, simply hail it down like you would a taxi. Fares cost 1 Euro regardless of where you're travelling to. You can also book a seat 15 minutes before you want to catch one. The CT cabs operate between 7 am and 11 pm all days of the week.
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