Airport bus Malta

Malta International Airport (MLA) is the only airport in Malta and it serves the entire Maltese archipelago. It is located in Luca, small village in the Southern Region of Malta, only 5 kilometres from the capital, Valletta. Compared to other European airports, Malta Airport is not that large in terms of number of passengers, however, the numbers have been increasing over the past few years. Ever since Ryanair has introduced flights to Malta, the numbers jumped from 3.5 million passengers to 5 million passengers annually in 5 years span.

Airport shuttle bus: If you don’t want to worry how to get from Malta Airport to the rest of the island, the best option is to book a minibus. For 10€ minibus shuttle will take you directly to your destination (public buses take time since there are a lot of stops). Luggage transportation is guaranteed and you can use free Wi-Fi. Here are some of the shuttle buses from Malta Airport:

Malta Airport to St Julian’s Malta Airport to St Paul’s Bay Malta Airport to Gozo
Malta Airport to Valletta Malta Airport to Gawra Malta Airport to Sliema

Public bus: Transportation from Malta Airport is operated by Malta Public Transport and there are currently 6 bus lines running to and from the airport (and one night line). The bus terminal is located in front of Departures Hall:

N10a night line connecting airport and San Giljan; it departs from San Giljan to the airport and then circles back to San Giljan. Runs every half hour from 01:00 to 04:00 (time when arrives at the airport)

NOTE: You can buy tickets at the airport office or directly from the bus driver. One-way ticket costs €1.50  for all bus lines and it is valid for 2 hours. (€2.00 during summer season). Ticket for night bus lines costs €3.00.

Taxi service: Official airport taxis are available 24/7 and they’re located in front of the airport. The average taxi fare to Valleta is €15, to Mdina €18 and to Mellieha €29.50.

Transfer: Private transfer is a good option if you do not prefer public transportation or if you are coming with family or friends. It is advisable to book transfer online so that the driver can wait for you when you arrive at the airport.

Renting a car at Malta Airport: Since Malta is relatively small island, it would not be bad to rent a car and do a little trip on your own. You can either book your car online or rent it directly at the airport where you will find offices of Budget Car and Aquarius rental companies.

NOTE: In Malta people drive on the left side of the road (like in United Kingdom and Ireland).

FAQ – bus and transport from Malta International Airport

Q: I arrive late at the airport. Will it be a problem for me to get to the city?
A: Not at all. Buses run regularly throughout the day and if you arrive at the airport after midnight, there’s a night bus line N10 which stops at the airport every half hour in the period between 01:00 and 04:00.

Q: I have an early morning departure from the airport, are there any airport hotels I can stay at?
A: There are no hotels in the proximity of the airport. However, the airport itself is very close to the capital, Valletta and the public buses are very frequent so basically, there’s no need for airport hotels because you can make it in time wherever you stay at.

Q: Can I exchange money at the airport to pay for my transfer?
A:There are only few ATMs at the airport but there is no exchange office so you should already have some euros on you before your flight.

Q: How do I get from Malta Airport to Gozo and Comino?
A: Ferry port in Cirkewwa is the main ferry terminal for ferries from Malta to the islands of Gozo and Comino. There is a direct bus line (X1) from Malta Airport to Cirkewwa Port and it departs every 40 minutes.

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  1. Maris   •  

    Hello!

    At 15/07 I visit Malta. Can you please tell me with witch bus I can go to Mellieha bay?

    Thank you in advance!

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Maris,

      If you are looking for the direct bus from Malta Airport, I suggest taking bus route X1 to Cirkewwa which also makes a stop in Mellieha Bay. The bus departs from the airport approximately every half hour.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Kirsten Eltved   •  

        What is the price for the ride from the airport to mellieha?

        • Melani   •     Author

          Dear Kirsten,

          In case you are referring to public transport, all bus ticket prices are the same – €1.50 for a single ticket (€2 during summer).

          Best regards,
          Melani GBB Team

      • Linda   •  

        Hi
        Could you let me know if the x1 bus from airport would stop at solana hotel in Mellieha please. Also how long does the journey last? We are arriving in Malta on 25th February at 22.30. Many thanks

        • Melani   •     Author

          Dear Linda,

          X1 bus makes a stop at Adenau bus stop which is only 300m from Solana Hotel in Mellieha. Last departure from the airport is at 22:50 and ride to Mellieha lasts around 1hr and 30 mins.

          Best regards,
          Melani GBB Team

  2. Adriana Scanu   •  

    We have a flight on the 27 of June departure at 9.15 , What number we have to get from Valletta and at what time depart pls?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Adriana,

      The bus line X4 connects Valletta and Malta Airport and it departs every 30 minutes. I suggest taking a bus somewhere between 7 and 7:30 just to be safe.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  3. Peter   •  

    Your info says that the X4 buses start at 10.43 – is that correct or a typo ? Also do buses from Valletta all leave from the Bus Terminal ?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Peter,

      Actually, this info is valid for X4 buses in direction Birzebbugia – Valletta meaning that bus will be at the airport around 10:43 (the first departs from Birzebbugia at 10:20). The X4 buses from Valetta departs differently and it leaves from the bus terminal. On this link you can check the full timetable – https://www.publictransport.com.mt/en/route/X4

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Peter   •  

        Thanks for that which stop is the airport ?

        • Melani   •     Author

          Dear Peter,

          Each stop is shown on display in the bus so you will know when to exit. 🙂

          Best regards!
          Melani, GBB Team

  4. Gabriel Stoica   •  

    Hy! I have to take the plane at 8 am saturday morning 04 august 2018. I must be there at 6 am to do the check in and the rest. Can you tell me if the night bus is coming at that fixed program? Or is having delays + -? I must know because i want to arrive at time, not to run from there to there. 😀 thanks a lot! ( In the day i saw a big diference between the paper program and when they arrive).

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Gabriel,

      Unfortunately, we do not have that kind of information. Delays depend on traffic and considering that we are talking about night line, there shouldn’t be traffic jams at that time of the day.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  5. karen scott-kearney   •  

    Hi,

    is there a bus from the airport to Sliema, i would arrive around 21.00?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Karen,

      You will first need to take X4 to Valletta and exit at the main bus station in Valletta and from there take bus line 13,14,15 or 16 to Sliema.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Flemming Møller Pedersen   •  

        How do i come by bus to Grand Hotel Excelsior???

        • Melani   •     Author

          Dear Flemming,

          There’s a direct bus line X4 and You should exit at Publiju stop. From there You have additional 4 min walk to You accommodation.

          Best regards!
          Melani, GBB Team

  6. Serkan   •  

    Hello
    How I can go to Park hotel Sliema from Malta airport ? Thank you.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Serkan,

      There is no direct bus line from the airport to Sliema but You can take X4,71, 72 or TD2 from the airport and then transfer to bus to Sliema once You reach the city. Also, getting a taxi is not that pricey and it shouldn’t cost more than 20€. So if You are travelling with more people it won’t cost too much.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  7. Charlie   •  

    Which bus do I take from MOSTA to the airport

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Charlie,

      Unfortunately, there’s no direct bus line from Mosta to Malta Airport but You can combine bus lines. The best way is to go first to the bus terminal in Valletta (lines 41, 42, 45) and take X4 line to the airport.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  8. Paul Vira   •  

    Hi Melani, I will be visiting Malta next week and my flight will be landed at 23:10 at Malta Int. Airport, could you please inform wich bus to take : to get to the bus stop : EXILES, SILEMA?

    And how about : from EXILES, SILEMA to the airport? I will need to be back at the airport between 6:00 and 6:30 am.

    Thanks in advance,
    Best regards,
    Paul V.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Paul,

      The best option from the airport to Sliema at night is N91 line, and for going back to the airport I advise taking X2 or TD2 bus line.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

      • Paul Vira   •  

        Dear Melani,
        Thank you so much for your precious message. Have a nice day.
        Best regards,
        Paul

        • Melani   •     Author

          Dear Paul,

          It’s no problem, have a nice trip on Malta! 🙂

          Best regards
          Melani, GBB Team

  9. Kosta   •  

    Hi there
    Is any regular bus lines to place of Tal-Pieta from Valletta airport 23 novembar after 20:00 hour and what bus nr should i take.
    Thank You in advance

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Kosta,

      The best option is to take X4 bus to bus stop Bombi 2. When You reach Bombi 2, You will need to walk down the stairs and go to Bombi 4 bus stop (below the bridge) and from there You can take bus line 13,14,16,21 (most frequent) but basically You can take any bus which goes in the direction of Tal-Pieta.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  10. Mariya Marinova   •  

    Hello Melani
    My flight back on 27th October it´s at 6.40 am. I have no hotel for this night, because I´m not sure how to get to the airport. Do you know if it´s possible to spend the night at the airport or somewhere close? Thank you in advance.
    Regards, Mariya ( Spain)

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Mariya,

      Maybe you could try searching for accommodation in Luqa, since it is the name of town on Malta where the airport is located.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  11. Aziz   •  

    Hello Melani,
    could you please tell me how can I get to swieqi from malta international airport. is there any direct bus line to get there
    .Thanks a lot for your precious help
    Aziz

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Aziz,

      You can take X1 bus and exit at Pembroke Park & Ride 2 bus stop. It is the nearest stop to Swieqi.

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  12. Aziz   •  

    hi Melani
    thank you for the precious help
    do you know please how can i get to swieqi from malta international airport

    many thanks

  13. IVANA EZEL   •  

    Hi,
    How long is a drive by bus from Aiport to Valletta?

    thx

    Ivana

    • Maja   •  

      Dear Ivana,

      the journey from Malta Airport to Valletta should take around 40-45 minutes.

      Best regards,
      Maja, GBB Team

  14. Marinela   •  

    Hi Melani
    What bus must take from the airport to bayview hotel at the Gzira
    Thanks a lot

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Marinela,

      Take bus line TD2 and exit at Ponsonby stop. Bayview Hotel is just across the stop 🙂

      Best regards!
      Melani, GBB Team

  15. Sarah   •  

    Hello. Which stop do I get off for the departure terminal at the airport? Is It the last stop, Ajruport? I’m confused because GoogleMap says to get off at the stop before (Avjazzjoni) then walk for 10min.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Sarah,

      It depends on which bus line you are referring to, but the majority of bus lines which operate to the airport stop directly in front of the airport (both departure and arrival point).

      Best regards,
      Melani, GBB Team

  16. Ice   •  

    Hi..i will be travelling to malta this month..I will be staying at Mellieha resort.Which bus should i take to reach from malta airport and also leave from mellieha to airport around 4:00am.?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Ice,

      Take bus X1 from the airport. The bus makes few stops in Mellieha.

      Best regards,
      Melani, GBB Team

  17. Petra   •  

    Dear Melani, I kindly ask you for advice 🙂
    We are going by bus from the airport – 23.12.2018, Sunday. We´ll arrive to Luqa cca 10:15 p.m. What kind of bus (number, direction…) should we choose to reach the hotel (Roma hotel, Ghar Il – Lembi Street, Sliema)?
    Thank you !
    Petra

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Petra,

      There’s no direct route, you will have to either combine buses or book a shuttle transfer which is the safest option. Taxi is also an option but it will cost you around €20.

      Best regards,
      Melani, GBB Team

  18. abel ion   •  

    cum ajung de la aeroport la hotel Sliema Chalet ?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Abel,

      You can take buses 71,72,73 from Malta Airport to Valletta Bus Terminal and then transfer to 13, 13A or 16 to get to your accommodation (exit at Chalet bus stop).

      Best regards,
      Melani, GBB Team

  19. Bart   •  

    Hi,
    What happened to buses after 14.01.19?
    I was trying to find a route from Airport to Portomaso for 18.01 but there was no result.

    • GetByBus Team   •  

      Hi Bart,

      unfortunately we do have any partner offering buses to Portomaso, what you could do is to take the public bus line X2 from the airport, that one stops close to Portomaso as far as we are informed.

      Kindest regards

      Team GetByBus

  20. F   •  

    How much does a taxi cost from the airport to cirkewwa with 4 people and 4big luggage and 4 small ones.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Sylvia,

      I think no regular taxi car can take 4 passengers + that many luggage. If you are looking for a private transfer, it’s best if you do a booking in advance and you might need a larger vehicle like minivan, for example.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  21. Ilva   •  

    Hello! Can’t you pleas say, witch bus drive to Qawra Palace hotel Malta form Malta Airport? I il visit Malta 14.02.19
    Thank you, Best regards!

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Ilva,

      You can take TD3 bus line from the airport and exit at Bugibba Bay 1 bus stop. From there you have additional 5 min walk to your accommodation.

      Best regards,
      Melani GBB Team

  22. souissi   •  

    i want to know how to go from the international airport to Grand Hotel Excelsior Malta.

    Thanks in advance

    • Kristina   •  

      Good morning!

      You can either take a taxi directly to the hotel or you can take the bus in front of the airport that will take you to Valletta, and then from the bus stop you’ll have to walk for around 5 minutes to reach the hotel.

      Best regards,
      Kristina GBB Team

  23. Narges   •  

    How can I get from Malta airport to Gzira by public bus please?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Narges,

      First you need to take bus 71,72 or 73 to bus stop Bombi 2A, get off, go down the stairs to Bombi 4 bus stop and take a bus 13A,14,15 or 16 and exit at Ponsonby in Gzira.

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  24. Laila   •  

    Hello I arrive on a Thursday evening in May at 22.50pm. I need to get to meliahia. I think the buses will have stopped by the time I get out of the airport?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Laila,

      You can reach Mellieha at that time by combining two buses. First you need to catch bus N71 around 23:30 in front of the airport and go to San Giljan where you will arrive no later than 00:15. The bus from San Giljan to Mellieha (N11) departs at 00:35 and will arrive at Melliha around 1:10. Hope I helped!

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  25. Elionina Efstratiou   •  

    Hello I arrive at 1st of April at 5 p.m and I have found a bus for 10€ to take me to Sliema. But, on 5th of April I have an early flight around 6:25, and I dont know if there is any bus that can take me to the airport. Can you please help me?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Elionina,

      You can catch first departure of local bus line TD2. The bus departs from San Giljan at 04:50m and it will be in Sliema (Chalet) around 05:00 and it will arrive at the airport around 05:50.

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  26. Monica   •  

    Hello, I am departuring on 7 of April at about 18:45. I am going to Sliema. Which bus should I take go get from Aeroport to Sliema and from Sliema to Aeroport?
    Can I use x2?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Monica,

      X2 bus line doesn’t stop in Sliema when it departs from the airport, but it stops in Sliema in the direction to the airport. However, you can buy a ticket for a direct bus from Malta Airport to Sliema on the following link https://getbybus.com/en/bus-malta-airport-to-sliema

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  27. Mrs Marilyn Gaskell   •  

    I arrive Malta 23.40 which bus to San Gwann

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Marilyn,

      There’s no direct bus line from Malta Airport to San Gwann at this hour. I suggest taking a taxi or booking a private transfer.

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  28. Nhut   •  

    Hi, on 19.4 I will come to Malta airport at 23:00 so which bus i can take to come to Valletta?

  29. Frinda   •  

    Our return flight is on Friday at 6:25 in the morning,12-04-2019. How could we get to the airport? We are stay in Gzira, stop of the bus Vilhena.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Frinda,

      Unfortunately there are no direct bus lines from Gzira to Malta Airport at that hour so it would be best to order a taxi which costs around €20 (for the drive).

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  30. Chris Lightfoot   •  

    Is there a bus service we can use to get from the airport to Sprachcaffe International Alamein Road, Pembroke Valletta. Our flight lands at approximately 18.05 on Tuesday 23rd April.

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Chris,

      You can get on bus line X1 which will be at the airport around 18:40 and it will take you directly to your accommodation. You will need to get off at Pembroke Park & Ride 2 bus stop and from there you will have additional 4-minute walk.

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

  31. GSM   •  

    Hello,

    I arrive the 3rd May at 1:45am. Should there be enough taxis to take one to Sliema without having to wait?

    • Melani   •     Author

      Dear Gonzalo,

      Since you are arriving late at night to Malta Airport, I suggest to book a transfer to Sliema just to be sure there’ll be a transport waiting for you. There’s a fixed departure at 02:15am and you can check more details about this route on the following link: https://getbybus.com/en/bus-malta-airport-to-sliema

      Best regards
      Melani GBB Team

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