Malta International Airport building. Photo by Cezary Borysiuk.

How far is Valletta from Malta’s airport (and how do I get there)?

How far is Valletta from Malta’s airport (and how do I get there)?
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Although Valletta itself doesn’t have an airport, the only airport in the vicinity is Malta International Airport (code: MLA), which is only roughly 20 minutes away by car and around 35 minutes by bus.

How do I get to Valletta from the airport?

These are the most popular ways of getting to Valletta from the airport:

1) By bus

Malta’s most widely used form of public transport, bus routes, is accessible right outside the arrivals terminal of Malta International Airport, and the bus to Valletta is the X4 route. This bus route is available between around 5:56am and 10:55pm and passes from the Airport bus terminus every 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.

While definitely the cheapest option (€2.00 for a single journey between mid-June and mid-October and €1.50 during the rest of the year), it’s not the quickest.

2) By taxi or airport transfer

By far the easiest way to get from the airport to Valletta is taking a private airport transfer taxi or shared shuttle bus. A private taxi (carrying 1-4 passengers) and will set you back around €20 (one-way) while a shared shuttle bus (which will stop at other points along the way to drop off other travellers) costs around €14 for a one-way trip .

I’ve found that booking directly with local companies isn’t always easy though you can still use their services by booking through international providers. My choice has always been Suntransfers.com – They never let me down.

How far is Valletta from Malta’s airport (and how do I get there)?
4.6 (91.43%) 7 votes

Although Valletta itself doesn’t have an airport, the only airport in the vicinity is Malta International Airport (code: MLA), which is only roughly 20 minutes away by car and around 35 minutes by bus.

Malta International Airport building. Photo by Cezary Borysiuk.

How do I get to Valletta from the airport?

These are the most popular ways of getting to Valletta from the airport:

1) By bus

Malta’s most widely used form of public transport, bus routes, is accessible right outside the arrivals terminal of Malta International Airport, and the bus to Valletta is the X4 route. This bus route is available between around 5:56am and 10:55pm and passes from the Airport bus terminus every 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the time of day.

While definitely the cheapest option (€2.00 for a single journey between mid-June and mid-October and €1.50 during the rest of the year), it’s not the quickest.

2) By taxi or airport transfer

By far the easiest way to get from the airport to Valletta is taking a private airport transfer taxi or shared shuttle bus. A private taxi (carrying 1-4 passengers) and will set you back around €20 (one-way) while a shared shuttle bus (which will stop at other points along the way to drop off other travellers) costs around €14 for a one-way trip .

I’ve found that booking directly with local companies isn’t always easy though you can still use their services by booking through international providers. My choice has always been Suntransfers.com – They never let me down.

3) By car

You can always hire a car to get you from the airport to Valletta (airport pickup is offered by most rental companies) for between €15 and €25 per day roughly as the lowest rate. Be aware of the following:

  • Driving in Malta can be challenging. Generally speaking, Malta’s roads can get pretty congested and local drivers aren’t the most courteous or law abiding you’ll encounter on your travels. Experienced drivers will be fine, less experienced or nervous drivers should look at one of the above options.
  • Parking is scarce in and near Valletta so either look for nearby accommodation that offers parking as part of its premises (hard to find within the city’s walls) or be prepared for a 5-10 minute walk to parking areas just outside Valletta (paid and public).
  • Unless you’re looking to explore Malta as a whole, you can do without hiring a car. Valletta has the best public transport connections in the country and you can easily spend three days exploring Valletta itself – there’s plenty to see and do!

4) On a cruise

Did you know that Valletta is a popular port of call for a number of Mediterranean cruise operators?

Although it’s a way of combining a visit to Valletta with other stops in the region, I’d personally recommend making a holiday out of visiting Valletta and Malta as a whole, if you can afford to do so. An 8-hour cruise stop wouldn’t to Malta’s capital city justice.

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