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Top Tips for Getting to Malta

Updated: Dec 28, 2022

While Malta may lie in the middle of the Mediterranean, it is not a difficult place to get to and with our top tips below you will easily save time and money on your trip to this beautiful island. Ensure you have an unforgettable holiday with advice on airport parking, transferring to and from the airport and your ferry options in Malta. Read and get fully prepared for your trip to this jewel of the Med!

Airport Parking

When planning a holiday, most people forget to consider how they will get to the airport. As most people choose to drive, this means that many people end up paying unnecessarily high fees as they make last-minute bookings or just turn up on the day.

Luckily there is a simple solution to avoid these extra costs – book your airport parking in advance through a comparison website. Dedicated airport parking websites, such as

for UK travellers, allow you to find the best deals on airport parking services and it takes just a few minutes to make a booking! Say you are looking for parking around Manchester Airport, you just need to choose the airport from the comparison tool, enter your travel dates and hit ‘Search’. The website will return all the available car parks in seconds and rank them for you from the cheapest to the most expensive. You can filter further if you are looking for something specific, such as Park and Ride or Meet and Greet services, then make your booking without having to make an account. Simple!

For similar websites for your country, simply type ‘compare parking at … airport’ into a search engine.

Flying to Malta

Due to its small size, Malta International Airport is the only airport in the country. It offers a fantastic range of flights from a variety of airlines including Ryanair, easyJet, Air Malta, TUI, Alitalia, and Emirates amongst others.

For the best prices on flight tickets, make sure to book to travel during the week, rather than at the weekend!

Transfer options

By bus

  • Bus station is located opposite the Departures Hall

  • X1, X2, X3 and X4 buses will take you to all the main towns on the island and links to Gozo ferry options

  • Tickets can be purchased in the Arrivals Hall and on the bus and cost around €2

  • Many hotels also provide shuttle bus services from the airport

By taxi

  • There are 24/7 taxis services to and from the airport

  • Pre-paid fixed rate tickets can be purchased from a booth in the Welcomers Hall

  • To Valetta it costs €15, to Mdina €18 and to Ċirkewwa (for the ferry to Gozo) €32

By car

  • If you plan to visit several places on the island it could be a good idea to hire a car

  • There are several companies operating from the airport such as Avis and Budget but you will find the best prices by booking online

Ferry to Malta

One of the best ways to arrive in Malta is from the sea for some of the most memorable views of the island. Taking a ferry offers you that opportunity and the chance to combine two destinations in one holiday with a break in both Italy and Malta. Ferry tickets can cost as little as €30!

Ferry Routes

  • Catania, Sicily to Valletta with Virtu Ferries takes around 4 hours and sails 5 times per week

  • Pozzallo, Sicily to Valletta with Virtu Ferries takes around 2 hours and sails 11 times per week

  • Salerno, Campania to Valletta with Grimaldi Lines takes around 27 hours and sails once per week

Ferries disembark at Valletta where you will find excellent bus connections to the rest of the city and the wider island. You will also find a taxi rank and can even hire a car from the ferry terminal.

We hope to welcome you to Malta soon and have you surfing the waves in no time! For more information on our surf and SUP lessons, make sure to check out our dedicated pages.

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