Looking for the best Malta airport transfers to your place of stay or want to book a Malta airport taxi before you land?
You’ve come to the right place.
Today I’ll show you what the transfer options are, what you can expect in terms of cost and where you can get the best rates for a hassle-free transfer to and from Malta International Airport.
The best provider I’ve used for low-cost Malta airport transfers are Any.cab, which is a local company that offer both airport transfers and regular taxi rides. Why I recommend them:
You can check prices and book your airport transfer with any.cab here:
Although it can cost a little more, there are several benefits to booking your Malta airport taxi in advance:
The cost of your transfers will depend on two things:
A private taxi is more expensive, but for some, it’s worth not having to stop at a number of hotels and having to wait at the airport for all passengers to have been collected for a shuttle bus journey.
The below table gives you a rough idea of the differences in travel time between each of those transport methods and the estimated cost for each, to a few of the popular transfer destinations in Malta.
If you decide to go for a shuttle bus, I usually recommend booking a transfer to and from the airport in advance with Suntransfers.
Malta Airport Transfer rates and times to different locations
|Transfer to||Taxi – Journey time||Shuttle – Journey time||Taxi (1-4 pax) – Price||Shuttle – Price (for 2)|
|Valletta||20 mins.||35 mins.||€27-30||€14-15|
|Buġibba||30-45 mins.||1h 20 mins.||€27-30||€14-15|
|Qawra||30-45 mins.||1h 20 mins.||€27-30||€14-15|
|Mellieħa||30-45 mins.||1h 30 mins.||€34||€14-15|
|Sliema||20-30 mins.||40-50 mins.||€17-20||€14-15|
|St. Julian’s||20-30 mins.||40-50 mins.||€17-20||€14-15|
|Gozo (Ċirkewwa ferry terminal)||45-60 mins.||n/a||€40-42||n/a|
Getting from Malta airport to Valletta takes around 20 minutes by car, under normal traffic circumstances. You can easily opt for a direct bus route from the airport since most bus routes start and terminate at the capital city. However, with a taxi you can actually get inside Valletta while buses stop outside the city’s gate. If you’re travelling with more than just a backpack, a taxi will be more practical.
Getting to Sliema and St. Julian’s (neighbouring towns) takes around 20-25 minutes by car, but can take up to around 40-45 minutes by bus and up to 60 minutes with a shuttle bus.
A taxi transfer will usually be the quickest and costs around €25.
More info here:
Getting from Malta airport to Mellieħa can take 30-50 minutes with a private transfer, depending on any traffic congestion.
Being a destination that’s pretty far away from the airport and will have several stops along the way using a shuttle bus, I’d recommend using a private taxi transfer.
Transfers to and from St. Paul’s Bay, Bugibba and Qawra back to Malta airport usually take around 30-40 minutes, again, depending on the time of day and how busy the roads are.
Being a popular destination for tourists, expect shuttle buses to be pretty busy and pricey considering it’s shared transport. Private taxis usually work out close to the same, if not cheaper than a shared bus.
More info here:
If you’ve chosen to stay in Gozo, getting from Malta airport to Gozo may take a little while.
Because of the distance, expect a transfer time of around 1.5-2 hours total, depending on which of the two Gozo ferries you choose.
Generally speaking, the fast ferries option from Valletta is a little quicker and a little cheaper but overall there isn’t much difference.
The main Gozo ferry departs from Ċirkewwa in the North of Malta
Two operators run the Gozo fast ferry services from the capital Valletta to Gozo. These are the timings if you decide to take this option:
TIP 1: The Gozo fast ferries use smaller vessels, which can 1) cause a bit of a bumpy ride and 2) mean cancellations due to bad weather happen more frequently. If you get seasick easily, go for the main ferry. If you’re travelling to Malta during the winter months, the main ferry is much less likely to face cancelled crossings.
There are two ways to get a Malta airport taxi transfer to Gozo, using either of the two Gozo ferry types.
Main ferry option:
Total cost for two adults: Around €55 / £50 / $63
Fast ferry option:
Total cost for two adults: Around €52 / £37 / $48
Airport shuttles are an economical option compared to booking a private transfer but there are a few downsides:
If you decide to take this option, I can recommend booking with Suntransfers.
Using public transport (route buses) is by far the cheapest option (just a few Euro per person to most popular locations around Malta), it is also the slowest and least comfortable option. Especially if you’re travelling with more than just hand luggage, it’s not the most convenient transfer from Malta airport.
If you’d like to travel by bus anyway, you can find the bus stop right across the road from the terminal building.
Yes, you can get a taxi at Malta airport once you arrive, but it’s not the cheapest, nor the most practical option. Booking your Malta airport transfer in advance costs less money and time.
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