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Getting from Malta Airport to Valletta

When travelling from Malta International airport (MLA) to the city centre of Valletta, you have two different transfer options, taking the bus or a taxi. Taking a Malta Airport Taxi is the most convenient option as your journey will take only 16 minutes and cost you 15€. Taking the X4 bus is the cheapest option as a one-way ticket costs just 2€, but the journey takes a little longer than by a taxi.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €15 16min 24/7
Bus €4 20min 05:55–22:35

How to get from Malta Airport to Valletta by taxi

Taking a Malta Airport Taxi from Malta International Airport (MLA) is the quickest and most direct transfer option. There is a set rate fee of 15€ for the journey from Malta Airport to Valletta and, depending on traffic, it shouldn’t take you more than 16 minutes to reach the city centre.

Taxi fare from Malta Airport to Valletta

Taxis at Malta International Airport (MLA) have a set rate fee for the journey to Valletta. The total price will be 15€ which can be paid in cash to your driver at the end of your journey.

Taxi prices
Day time
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65 min


Trip Duration

16 Min.

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Malta International (MLA) Airport.

Where do I get it from?

Taxis are readily available 24/7 outside of the arrivals terminal at Malta International Airport. You can easily spot the official airport taxis as they are all white in colour and have a black and white TAXI sign on top.


Although the journey from Malta International Airport (MLA) to Valletta is short, the only transfer option that will take you directly to the door of your accommodation is a Malta Airport Taxi. After a long flight, the last thing you want to do is try to navigate public transport.

Editor’s Note

Taxis at Malta International Airport can hold up to 4 people with small luggage items, so if you are travelling with company, it will dramatically reduce the price of the journey per person.

Useful Tips

Not all Malta airport taxi drivers speak English. Be sure to have your accommodation address clearly written down.
Although there is a set rate fee to Valletta, be sure to agree this with your driver before you begin your journey.
Taxis at Malta airport don't charge extra for luggage, but it might be limited storage space in the back.

How to get from Malta Airport to Valletta by bus

If you’re travelling alone or on a budget, taking the X4 bus from Malta International Airport (MLA) to Valletta could be a great transfer option for you. Tickets cost just 2€ one-way and the journey takes 20 minutes to reach the city centre.

How much is the bus from Malta Airport to Valletta?

The X4 bus that runs from Malta Internatonal Airport (MLA) to Valletta costs 2€ one-way during the months of mid-June to mid-October and 1.50€ for the rest of the year. You can purchase your tickets directly from the driver on the bus.



Trip Duration

20 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 30 minutes

Value for Money

The X4 bus is available from 05:55 to 22:35.

Where do I get it from?

The Malta Airport Bus Terminus can be found directly outside of the arrivals terminal. The X4 bus is always white and lime green or white and sky blue.


Although taking the X4 bus is the cheapest transfer option, it’s not the most convenient. Not only does it make multiple stops along the way, but after you arrive in Valletta city centre, you will need to switch to another form of transportation to get to your final destination.

Editor’s Note

The X4 bus leaves you at Valletta stop 18, which is not a bus station, so you will need to walk to another bus stop to head to your hotel or take a taxi from the street.

Useful Tips

There's no luggage storage under the bus, so if you are travelling with large suitcases you may wish to take another transfer option.
The bus driver only accepts payments in cash, so be sure to carry some change.
Ticket prices drop to 1.50€ in low season.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Malta. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How far is Valletta from Malta Airport?

Valletta is located just 9.5 km from Malta International airport (MLA). It takes around 16 minutes by taxi and 20 minutes by the X4 bus to reach the city centre of Valletta.

Does Malta have an International Airport?

Absolutely. The Malta International airport (MLA) is located 9.5km southwest of it’s capital Valletta. MLA airport is the only airport in the country and it serves all of the Maltese islands. To get from Malta International airport to Valletta you can take a taxi or a bus.

How much is a taxi from Malta Airport to Valletta?

Taxis at Malta International airport charge a flat rate fee of 15€ to Valletta city centre and the journey takes around 16 minutes in light to normal traffic.

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