Transportation to and from Malta Airport


What is the distance from Malta Airport to the centre of Valletta?

The road to Valletta can be quite chaotic, usually you can reach the city in about 15 minutes (8 kilometres / 5 miles).

From MLA Airport to Valletta City centre by Car
8 km
15 min

Public transport

Bus to Valletta

Buses run from Malta Airport to various locations on the island including Valletta, the name of the transport company is Malta Public Transport. The express services X1 (Cirkewwa Ferry Terminal), X2 (Sliema, St Julian’s), X3 (Bugibba) and X4 (Valletta and Birzebbuga) depart in front of the terminal, approximately every half hour. The bus ride to and from Valletta takes approximately 25 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Bus routes 71, 72 and 73 do not stop in front of Malta Airport, but a 5-minute walk from the terminal at bus stop Cintra, Hal Luqa. For some time now you can also travel non-stop from the airport to St Julian’s by bus line TD2, the same applies to Bugibba and Qawra with bus line TD3. The abbreviation TD stands for Tallinja Direct Routes.

Bus tickets
The prices for public transport in Malta are low. Tickets valid for 120 minutes including transfers cost € 1.50 or € 2.00 per person and can be purchased from the ticket vending machines, ticket counter and bus driver who prefers to receive exact change. The price depends on the time of year, from mid-June to mid-October you pay the more expensive summer rate of € 2.00. You can also buy a ticket / tallinja card for 12 single journeys (€ 15.00) or 7 days (€ 21.00 for adults, € 15.00 for children). You can purchase these tickets in the Arrivals hall of the terminal, just like the inexpensive and personalised tallinja card. Please consult website Malta Public Transport for more information.

Bus services

Terravision to Sliema, St Julian’s and Bugibba – Book your tickets here!

The bus service of Terravision is another possibility, they take you to the popular holiday destinations Sliema, St Julian’s and Bugibba. The journey times are 25 minutes for Sliema, 35 minutes for St Julian’s and 55 minutes for Bugibba/Qawra. Buses run about eight times a day in both directions, tickets can be booked in advance through the Terravision website. Children under 2 years do not require a ticket to travel by bus. Please consult website and timetable Terravision for more information.

Prices Single Return
Adults € 8 € 16
Children, 2 up to 12 years € 8 € 16


Malta: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tours

€ 20

Enjoy Malta's sights at your own pace with this ticket to the hop-on, hop-off double decker bus tour. Buses depart every 30 minutes, and stop at top sites within the Malta North and South Routes.

10-Day Malta Discount Card: 50% Off Top Attractions

€ 25

Save money and enjoy discounts of up to 50% at more than 150 establishments in Malta with a 10-day Malta Discount Card. Enjoy access to some of the island’s top tours, museums, and activities, including restaurants, water sports and much more.

Gozo 1-Day Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus Tour

€ 18

Explore the island of Gozo with a 1-day hop-on hop-off ticket on a city sightseeing bus tour. Starting from Mgarr Harbor, the route takes approximately 2.5 hours with 15 stops visiting all the major attractions this beautiful island has to offer.


Gozo Full-Day Sightseeing Tour of Malta's Sister Island

€ 60

Explore tiny Gozo on a full-day sightseeing tour and discover Malta’s sister island. Visit Ta' Pinu Basilica, and take a train ride to Cittadella. See stunning beaches and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in a laid-back environment.

Prehistoric Temples of Malta Tour

€ 45

Travel back in time to approximately 3150 BC and explore the prehistoric temples of Malta. Tour the megalithic temples of Hagar Qim and Mnajdra with an expert guide and discover intricately carved stonework. Visit the ancient Ghar Dalam Cave & Museum.

Valletta: Private Walking Tour From Grand Harbour

€ 200

Discover the beauty and cultural heritage of Valletta, Malta's iconic seaside capital. Enjoy a private 3-hour tour of its must-see destinations.

Tours and transport

Gozo Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Tour

€ 20

Explore Gozo on the island’s only hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus, and jump off at any of the convenient stops to explore further. Visit the Ggantija Temples, Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary, Xlendi Bay, and much more, with a 1-day ticket.

Valletta: 3-Hour Walking Tour

€ 20

See the main sights of Valletta and discover hidden gems on a 3-hour walking tour of the capital of Malta. Explore the modernized parts of the city and continue along the historic streets of the magnificent city center.

Valletta, Mdina, and Mosta Night Tour

€ 30

Take a sightseeing bus tour of Valletta after dark and marvel at the monuments of the capital of Malta floodlit for the night. Stroll the silent streets of Mdina, and visit the impressive Basilica of the Assumption of Our Lady in Mosta.


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