MALTA AIRPORT TRANSFERS. One of the little details you need to take care of when planning your trip to Malta is organising an airport transfer. Luckily, it’s all fairly simple. Here’s some handy information to help you get started on all things related to airport transfer in Malta.
Getting to and from the airport
Malta is a relatively small island so getting transport to and from the airport is not hard. There are several transport options available depending on whether you want public or private transport services.
Public Transport Services
– the cheapest Malta airport transfers option
Bus routes are the primary source of public transport in Malta. They are also the cheapest airport transfer on Malta you can get.
Malta Airport is mainly served by four airport express routes (X1, X2, X3, X4) although there are additional routes available to nearby villages.
● Route X1 goes straight to Cirkewwa. It passes through the centre of Mellieħa and the outskirts of St. Julian’s.
● Route X2 goes to Sliema and St. Julian’s.
● Route X3 goes to Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay, and Buġibba. It passes through Attard, Birkirkara, Mdina, Rabat, and Mosta’s outskirts.
● Route X4 takes you to Malta’s capital, Valletta as well as Floriana and Birzebugga
You can easily access the timetables for each of these routes and the additional ones on the website of Malta Public Transport.
Tickets are available in the airport’s Welcomers’ Hall or directly from the bus driver. Rates vary from €2 per person during summer (mid-June to mid-October) to €1.50 per person during the winter months.
Private Transport Services
Malta is not the easiest place to drive and Maltese drivers are known for being difficult. However, if you’re a confident driver, renting a car is probably the best option for getting around the island.
You can hire a car from as little as €5 and Malta Airport has several rental agencies in its Arrivals terminal including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Green Motion, Sixt, Dollar Thrifty, Goldcar, and First Car Rental. You can pre-book a vehicle online or upon arrival in Malta.
Taxis in Malta
Fixed-rate taxis are always available at Malta Airport and you can purchase your tickets in the Welcomers’ Hall. Regular taxis accommodate 4 passengers although the size of luggage needs accounting for. Taxi rates vary according to destination.
The areas closest to the airport attract a fee of around €10 per vehicle while the farthest points cost around €35.
Taxis are a bit pricey, but if there are four of you, you can cut down on costs. For security reasons, the Taxi stand has 24/7 CCTV surveillance and you are recorded by multiple cameras as you board a taxi.
Airport transfers tend to be cheaper than taxis. There are several transfer providers to destinations around the island and rates vary according to distance.
For example, Malta Transfers provides private and shared-ride shuttles throughout Malta and Gozo. You can pre-book an airport transfer online or on arrival at the airport in the airport baggage reclaim area.
Airport Transfers Malta: Top Tips
● Congestion is quite an issue in Malta, so if you need to catch a flight close to or during rush hour, ensure you have extra transit time just to be safe.
● Public transport is the cheapest, but not always convenient or efficient. Buses sometimes run late.
● Bus drivers tend to have limited change. So have the exact bus fare or carry small cash denominations to avoid inconveniences.