Getting to Malta
Being an Island, there are two main ways how to get to the Island. By air and by sea.
Getting to Malta by Air
Malta is well connected to Europe and North Africa. If you’re flying from elsewhere, it’s best to travel to a a European hub, such as Heathrow (London), Amsterdam or Brussels, then get a direct flight to Malta (Luqa Airport).
All flights arrive and depart from Malta International Airport (MIA), which is in the centre of Malta in a town called Luqa (or Hal-Luqa). Altough the MIA is not huge it includes all the facilities that you would expect from a medium-sized airport. You will find ATMs and currency exchange, a friendly tourist office which open daily, internet access with WIFI connection, and regular, inexpensive bus connections to Malta‘s major towns and to the Gozo ferry. The MIA won various awards in its category and is considered as one of the best in Europe. The Maltese national airline is Air Malta, a small airline which operates from and to various countries in Europe.
Flight Tickets – There are various airlines that fly to Malta. All major Low Cost Carriers (LCC’s) such as RyanAir and EasyJet operate daily flights to the Island. As already mentioned, the national airline, AirMalta also offer competitive prices with high quality service. There are other airlines that operates to Malta such as Emirates. Emirates fly between Dubai and Malta via Larnaca, with connections to and from destinations in Australia, Asia, India and other parts of the Middle East.
Getting to Malta by Sea
Malta’s excellent harbour and its strategic location in the centre of the Mediterranean has led to its development as a major yachting centre. In fact Malta is also part of the Rolex Middle Sea Race and includes various Ports and Marinas. So if you have a yacht, feel free to visit Malta as it has state of the art facilities to host various number of yachts. Make sure you get yourself up to date with Malta’s legislation before visiting with a yacht, you can read more about this here.
Malta also has regular ferry to and from Sicily (Pozzallo and Catania), central Italy (Civitavecchia) and northern Italy (Genoa). Ferries dock at the Sea Passenger Terminal beside the Valletta Waterfront in Floriana.
Maybe you heard that in Malta you may encounter some traffic problems. To minimise this problem the Malta Public Transport links between Sliema and Valletta have also been improved to encourage tourists to make use of this fast service while enjoying the magnificent scenery of Valletta from sea. Another ferry which is available is that between Malta and Gozo. This ferry will take less than 30 minutes and costs less than €5. Read more about visiting Gozo here.