Malta is a small island country located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is known for its stunning beaches, historic architecture and delicious cuisine.
If you are planning to travel to Malta, you may be wondering how much money you should budget for your trip.
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In this guide, we’ll look at some of the prices you can expect to pay in Malta and give you some tips for saving money when traveling there.
The content is divided into several parts to help you budget everything (flights, accommodation, activities, food, etc.).
How to prepare your budget for Malta
The first thing to do is grab a sheet of paper, open Google Docs, or open a spreadsheet. Choose your preferred method for taking notes.
Next, you need to start looking into the length of your trip. For example, a shorter trip will be cheaper than a longer one.
Note the ideal length and write the following:
- Food and drinks
- Other (this includes souvenirs, visas, etc.)
Now that you’re ready to take notes, let’s take a look at them individually.
Flights to Malta
The cost of your flight will obviously depend on where you are departing from.
Malta is well served, with direct flights from many European countries. If you’re traveling from Europe, you can expect to pay around €60-500 for a round trip.
If you are on a budget, we recommend visiting Malta in winter. Flight prices are usually much cheaper in January. However, it may not be for everyone if you want to enjoy the sea while visiting Malta.
You can use websites like Skyscanner or Google Flights to find the best deals on airline tickets. Once you know how much your flights will cost, you can start thinking about other aspects of your trip.
So go ahead, and check the price of flights. Decide if you should also bring checked baggage, as this may influence the price of the flight.
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Accommodation in Malta
Malta offers many accommodation options, from camping and hostels to apartments and 5 star hotels. Prices obviously vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose.
If you want to save money, hostels and camping are the cheapest options. A bed in a dormitory in a hostel costs around €15 per night. You can find some good hostels in Malta here.
If you are traveling with family or friends and want more privacy, you can search for apartments or vacation homes. These usually cost between €80 and €120 per night.
If you want to stay in a hotel, prices start at around €60 a night for a basic room and go up to several hundred euros for luxury accommodation.
To find the best accommodation deals, we recommend using websites like Airbnb, Booking.com, Hostelworld or Agoda.
Now take a look at your dates to see how much accommodation will cost you. Depending on the season, prices may vary.
Activities in Malta
Malta has a lot to offer in terms of activities, from sightseeing and exploring historic sites to swimming in the Mediterranean Sea and boat trips.
If you want to visit the most popular tourist attractions, we recommend getting a Malta Discount Card. This pass costs €25 and gives you discounts on many of Malta’s museums, historical sites and activities.
Some other activities you can do in Malta include swimming, hiking, fishing, and diving. Prices for these activities vary depending on where you are going and what equipment you need.
To get an idea of the prices, a boat trip costs around €30, depending on the circuit.
When budgeting for activities, decide if you want to focus on free activities or if you will go on a tour. You can explore the different tours available in Malta on GetYourGuide.
That said, you’ll also need to keep transportation in mind. For example, if you plan to visit an attraction, think about how to get there. Are you planning to use public transport or are you going to rent a car?
Let’s talk about transportation.
Transport in Malta
Malta is a small island, so it is possible to walk or cycle in some areas. However, if you want to explore the island more or are short on time, you can use public transport or rent a car.
Public transport in Malta consists of buses and taxis. The price of the bus changes according to the season.
In winter, a bus ticket costs EUR 1.50. In summer it costs 2€ and at night it costs 3€. You can also buy a longer pass for unlimited travel for 7 days. It costs 21 EUR for an adult and 15 EUR for a child.
Take a look at where they sell transit passes here.
Another option is to rent a car. Car rental prices start at around €20 per day. You can browse your options on DiscoverCars.com.
But keep in mind that parking in Malta can be expensive. So if you are considering renting a car, be sure to keep the cost of parking in mind. That said, you should also make sure your hotel offers on-site parking.
Food and drink in Malta
Malta has many good restaurants, bars and cafes. Food and drink prices obviously vary depending on where you go, but you can expect to pay around €10-20 for a meal in a restaurant.
If you want to save money, you can also get snacks and drinks from supermarkets.
When it comes to nightlife, Malta has something for everyone. You can find bars and clubs that suit your tastes and budget.
If you are on a budget, be sure to choose accommodation or a hostel with a kitchen to cook your own meals. Although you can’t cook all of your meals, you can save a little money here and there.
Other expenses in Malta
There are other expenses you need to keep in mind when budgeting for your trip to Malta. These include things like souvenirs, tips, and visa fees (if you need a visa, obviously).
Souvenirs can be quite expensive in Malta, so if you are on a budget we recommend only buying a few small items. Tipping is not compulsory in Malta, but it is always appreciated if you have good service.
And finally, if you need a visa to enter Malta, make sure you get one. Check if you need a visa on iVisa.
Budget for your trip to Malta
Now that you know the prices for accommodation, activities, transport, food and drink in Malta, you can start planning your budget.
To give you an idea, a week-long trip to Malta would cost around €700-1000, depending on your accommodation, activity choices and where you are departing from.
So go ahead and write down all the costs for the things we mentioned above. Calculate the total and add a little more to have a buffer. If the total suits your budget, do not hesitate any longer and start booking your trip to Malta.
Final Thoughts on the Cost of Holidays in Malta
Malta is a beautiful island with a lot to offer. From its stunning beaches to its lively nightlife, there is something for everyone in Malta.
When budgeting for your trip, be sure to keep accommodations, activities, transportation, food and drink, and other expenses in mind. With a little planning, you can have a fantastic trip to Malta without breaking the bank.
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