Malta Airport to City Centre Valletta, Sliema: Taxi Price & Bus Fares Guide
1. Taxi Malta Airport
⦿ Taxi Malta Airport to Sliema
⦿ Taxi Fare Malta Price List
2. Malta Airport Bus
⦿ Malta Airport Bus Service and Bus Routes to City
⦿ Malta Bus Fares
⦿ Malta Explore Card (Tourists Travel Cards)
3. Malta Airport Shuttle Service
⦿ Shared Shuttle Bus
⦿ Private Car Transfer
⦿ Luggage Capacity
⦿ Journey Time
4. Low-Cost Airlines to Malta
Getting from Malta Airport to city centre Valletta, Sliema or other destinations by taxi or bus are the most popular options. There is no metro or subway train system in Malta. The only public transport used is the public bus service. Taxi is rather cheap and also another commonly used mode of transportation as compared to other European cities. Hence, from Malta Airport to the destinations, one can choose between booking a taxi, taking a public bus, shared shuttle van or a private transfer.
We arrived at Malta International Airport at 22:35 from Belgium with Air Malta. Our friends living in Malta advised the three of us that it was better to book a taxi from Malta airport to Sliema. We were going to stay over at their place for two weeks in Sliema.
The taxi counter is inside Malta Airport Arrival Hall, located on the left side of the main exit next to the door. Behind the table displayed a board of taxi price list from Malta Airport to the destinations that you want to go. You have to make payment at the counter first, then the staff will pass you a receipt. A female taxi driver happened to be standing around the corner. She took the receipt from me and subsequently, we walked over to her taxi outside the main exit.
The odd thing was that the taxi had another lady sitting at the front of the passenger’s seat. They took my mobile where I had stored my friend’s address in Sliema and keyed it on the GPS. The female was showing the taxi driver the GPS route on her mobile throughout the journey. What did not seem acceptable was that there should not be another unauthorised person sharing the cab with us. The taxi driver did not ask us for permission either.
Here are the latest Malta Airport taxi prices to all other destinations according to the photo taken on the counter. The taxi service at Malta Airports runs 24 hours. The cost stated on the airport website did not seem updated. Some taxi fares to other cities displayed at the counter were €1 to €6.50 higher or €0.50 lower than what was published online.
|Café del Mar||€28||Ċirkewwa||€37|
|San Ġwann||€20||Santa Luċija||€13|
|Splash & Fun||€24||St Andrews||€21|
|St Julian’s||€20||St Paul’s Bay||€28|
|St Peter’s Pool||€25||Swatar||€20|
|Ta’ L-Ibraġġ||€20||Ta’ Qali||€21|
The taxi fare from Malta Airport to Sliema was €20 booked from Malta Airport Arrival Hall. When we booked a cab 6 hours in advance from eCabs back to the airport, the cab fare was €22.90. The pick-up time at 03:00. If you want to get a taxi in Malta on your fingertips, you can read the reviews and download these 2 Malta taxi apps – eCabs and Bolt. Booking a taxi is cheap in Malta as compared to other European cities.
If we had opted to take a public bus from Malta Airport to Sliema or Valletta instead of a taxi, the bus journey would be 1 hour but for merely €2 during summertime. Besides, the buses would mostly be full of people since Malta does not have a metro system.
Here is a list of public buses that run from Malta Airport to the cities. Additionally, I have added the bus-stop names and locations on the table below. You can find them on Google Maps at the top of the sidebar and the bottom right of the page. That will make it easy for you to refer if you want to take a bus from Malta Airport. You can also download the Tallinja app from Malta Public Transport.
By clicking on the links below, it will show you the bus routes from Malta Airport to the city and vice versa by Malta Public Transport.
|Bus||Destination||Bus Stop Name||Time|
|TD2||Airport ➟ San Giljan / St. Julians ➟ Airport||Airport 2||04:30 to 23:30|
|TD3||Airport ➟ Bugibba ➟ Qawra ➟ Airport||Airport 2||04:00 to 23:00
Sat till 00:00
|X1||Airport ➟ Luqa ➟ San Vincenz ➟ Marsa ➟ Msida ➟ Mater Dei Hospital ➟ Msida ➟ Swieqi ➟ Pembroke ➟ Bahar ic-Caghaq ➟ Qawra ➟ San Pawl il-Bahar ➟ Xemxija ➟ Mellieha ➟ Marfa ➟ Cirkewwa||Airport 2||05:20 to 22:50|
|X2||Airport ➟ Luqa ➟ Santa Lucija ➟ Paola ➟ Marsa ➟ Swatar ➟ Msida ➟ Mater Dei Hospital ➟ Msida ➟ San Giljan||Airport 2||06:00 to 23:00|
|X3||Airport ➟ Luqa ➟ Santa Lucija ➟ Paola ➟ Marsa ➟ Santa Venera ➟ Birkirkara ➟ Balzan ➟ Attard ➟ Ta’ Qali ➟ Rabat ➟ Mtarfa ➟ Mosta ➟ Burmarrad ➟ Bugibba||Airport 2||05:30 to 22:30|
|X4||Valletta ➟ Floriana ➟ Hamrun ➟ Marsa ➟ San Vincenz ➟ Hal Farrug ➟ Luqa ➟ Airport ➟ Gudja ➟ Hal Far ➟ Birzebbuga||Airport 3||05:25 to 22:35|
|Birzebbuga ➟ Hal Far ➟ Airport ➟ Luqa ➟ Hal Farrug ➟ San Vincenz ➟ Marsa ➟ Hamrun ➟ Floriana ➟ Valletta||Airport 1||05:30 to 22:20|
For Malta bus tickets for tourists, one can buy a single trip ticket for all the buses in Malta including bus services operating from the airport. Pay the amount directly to the bus driver in small change. A cash paper ticket will be issued. You can use it on other buses within 2 hours.
Knowing the bus fares now, do a mental calculation on the number of bus trips based on the number of days spent and places of interests that you plan to visit in Malta. If you are going to take buses frequently, it will be worthwhile to consider buying the transport card with more or unlimited bus rides.
You can buy the cards from any of the Sales and Information Offices and also at the third party outlets. At Malta Airport, you can get them from WHS Express (Arrival Hall) and Agenda Bookshop (Departure Hall). All the travel cards should be ordered at least 2 weeks in advance. Get it delivered to a local address or an address out of Malta by registered mail. Here are the options of the cards:
As we were claiming our luggage at the Malta Airport Arrival Hall, I saw a Hotel Airport Shuttle sales office by Malta Transfer at the Baggage Reclaim Area, which is Malta Airport official shuttle service. The Malta Airport Shuttle Transfer Services works by bringing you to the hotel or a cruise liner terminal and vice versa throughout Malta and Gozo. There are 3 types of services here.
The Shared Shuttle Bus service can bring you to the following destinations for a single trip journey by sharing the shuttle van with others. It is a cost-effective way to get from Malta Airport to the city if you are travelling alone and want to reach your destination faster than a standard bus journey by paying slightly more.
If you want to go to a destination of your choice and not stop at the designated 165 hotels, you can take a private car transfer from these 2 options at a fixed rate per vehicle for a one-way trip. The prices may be subject to change depending on the date and the destination. For example, going from Malta Airport to Gozo Ferry Terminal or Cirkewwa (€32/car) would cost more than going to Valletta or Sliema (€23/car).
If you have excess luggage other than specified below such as pushchairs, wheelchairs, golf clubs, diving equipment or any other out of the ordinary items, do let the company knows in advance to prevent incurring additional charges.
How long is the journey from Malta Airport to the destination? The approximate durations are as follows:
Lastly, if you have not bought your air ticket to Malta, consider buying them from the low-cost carriers operating their flights to Malta International Airport (MLA) from your region for some cost reduction. Some flight comparison websites do not reflect on the results of these budget airlines. Thus, you may miss a great deal as quite a number of them fly to Malta. I bought my air tickets from Air Malta two months in advance departing from Brussels Airport for €130/pax on a 3-hr flight.
⦿ Air Malta ⦿ Aeroflot ⦿ Blue Air ⦿ IndiGo ⦿ Iberia ⦿ EasyJet ⦿ Jet2.com ⦿ Ryanair ⦿ Transavia ⦿ Volotea ⦿ Vueling ⦿ Wizz Air
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