When you land in Malta and step out of baggage claim, you’ll see a few different ways of getting around the island. In this post are the options you have based on your budget and preference from the Malta airport to Valletta, Sliema, and other cities. Let’s go over them from the most budget friendly to the most comfortable and convenient.

Valletta building Malta. Malta Airport to Valletta and Sliema
Palazzo Ferreria in Valletta with typical Maltese balconies

Most major international airports tend to land in the capital city or nearby. Malta’s airport is located in Luqa just over 6 km (3.7 miles) to Valletta.

Please note that in Malta they do drive on the left side of the road. Keep this mind to know from what direction your bus will come from and also to look that way when crossing the road. 

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Public Transportation

The most cost effective way to get around Malta in general is the bus. There is no metro although there are boats and ferries in certain areas.

Depending on the length of your stay, there is a variety to choose from:

  • 12 Single Day Journeys for 15€
  • 7 Day Unlimited Card for 21€
  • Unlimited 6 Day Bus + Fast Ferry to Gozo 33€

It really depends on what you want to do during your time there. I personally opted for the 7 Day Unlimited as I was there for 9 days. I did end up having to pay for a few one ways once my 7 days were up.

Malta Airport to Valletta Tallinja Card
Tallinja 7 Day Unlimited Travel Card

Once you have your card you’ll exit outside towards the right where you’ll see lots of buses and bus stands. The bus you get on will depend on where you’re headed:

  • Bus X4 for Valletta
  • Bus X2 for Sliema/St. Julians
  • Bus X3 for St Paul’s Bay
  • Bus X3 for Rabat/Mdina
  • Bus 119 for Marsaxlokk/Marsaskala

I had considered the card including the ferry to Gozo as I had the time and wanted to visit as much as possible. The fast ferry does leave from Valletta and gets you there in 30 minutes. The reason I decided not to get it was because I did a tour to the Blue Lagoon and Gozo (GYG link) so I would have paid twice to get there.

The good thing about the transit cards is that they also work on the island of Gozo. You won’t need to get anything else to move around when you visit there.

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Malta Airport to Sliema City Center
Malta Bus Map

Shuttle Bus

A cheaper alternative to a taxi, but still pretty private and comfortable. You can opt for a shared airport shuttle bus transfer. You’ll reserve it in advance with door to door service. 

If you’re traveling with a few friends, then opt for private transfer. It’s an air conditioned minibus with an English speaking bus driver. This is an option for up to 3 people.


The most direct way is always a taxi, but of course it’s the most expensive way. There is a yellow taxi sign where you can get in line and wait for the next taxi available.

Not sure what to explore in Malta? I have you covered! Here is a list of cities to visit with photos so you know what to expect. Enjoy your time in Malta!

Which is your preferred way of getting from the Malta airport to Valletta, Sliema, and other cities? Let me know in the comments!

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