Malta is a tiny, beautiful island in Europe. Because the island is surrounded by beaches and is full of history, it is a very popular destination in Europe. If you’re thinking of travelling to Malta you might be looking around to find out if the average prices in Malta are expensive.
Is Malta expensive?
Every country can be expensive to travel to. And every country can be a budget travel destination. This really depends on your travel habits and your luxury requirements. But knowing how much commonly requested items cost in a country, can give you an approximation to what you can expect. And it can give you a guideline to calculate your budget.
So, here you will find the list of everything you might need while travelling to (or staying in) Malta, and its approximate cost. This is the foolproof guide to prices in Malta.
(Please note that the average prices listed below are those as at June 2017. I will try my best to update the article every year or when it is required.)
Costs related to flying to Malta depend vastly on the season, number of stops and from where you are travelling. Below please find some of the average prices you may find to travel to Malta in the off/shoulder season. If you want to travel in the high season, booking in advance or last minute deals, often result in similar prices.
London to Malta – €40-60
Italy to Malta – €30-45
Amsterdam to Malta – €30-50
*Prices listed above are one-way prices without the check-in bag option. The above prices are those listed on Ryanair. Ryanair is a budget airline which operates in and around Europe.
If Malta is just one of the stops on your travel agenda, you might want to know how much your next flight will cost. Here is the breakdown of popular destinations:
From Malta to Europe – Less than €50
Malta to Los Angeles – Cheapest: €300-400
Malta to Thailand – Cheapest: €300- 400
*These prices are of one-way tickets. The prices are taken from skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online travel/flight search engine, which helps you find the cheapest or most efficient flight for your next trip!
Accommodation prices vary between different seasons and locations. The below prices are taken as an average of costs during the high season in Malta (August). Prices decrease slightly when you travel in the shoulder seasons or when you stay in less popular areas. For a more comprehensive guide on where to stay in Malta, read this.
Bed in 6 bed hostel room – €15-25/night
3 star hotel private double room – €70/night
1 bedroom apartment in Sliema (short let) – €125 -150/night
2 bedroom apartment in Qawra (long let) – €300/month
Villa/farmhouse – €200/night
The only public transport in Malta is the bus system. The main ticket costs are written down below. Other methods of transportation are renting a car or by taxi.
2 hour bus ticket:
Winter – €1.5
Summer – €2
Night – €3
7 days bus card – €21(Adult) or €15 (Child)
Explore plus bus card – €39 (includes 7 day transport + access to historical sites and ferries).
Car rental (Peugeot 107) – €30/day
Parking fees – €2.5 for 2 hours
Taxi fare – €20 per ride. Fare can cost more if for distances longer than average.
Gozo channel adult fare – €4.65
Gozo channel car and adult fare – €15.70
Bicycle renting – €15-20/day
Quad bike rental – half day guided tour €70-80
New car (such as an Opel Adam) – starting from €12,900
If you’re travelling to Malta (or any other place for that matter), be sure to purchase travel insurance. Hopefully you won’t need to use it, but better safe than sorry right?! Please note that hospitals and ER services are free for locals but can be incredibly expensive if you’re a foreigner and you have no insurance. Just for your information, and for you to compare costs, I have listed the most common medical requirements and their average price in Malta.
GP visit – €10/visit
Professional medical consultation (like orthodontist) – €30-50/visit
Cleaning – €30-35
Tooth extraction – €30-50
Whitening – €300-400
Hospital/ER – Hundreds to thousands if uninsured, depending on procedure.
You can find restaurants all around Malta. Each locality has different types of restaurants but the most common are small take away places. Foreign cuisine restaurants can be found in places like St. Julians, but they tend to be quite expensive compare to the others. For a better guide to restaurants in Malta, read here.
Hole in the wall take away (tal-pastizzi) – €1- 1.50 per item
Pizza – €8
McDonalds meal – €7.50
Inexpensive restaurant – Average of €15-20/person
High-end restaurant – Average of €50/person (including a glass of wine)
These are some basic grocery items you might want to purchase while in Malta. The items listed below should serve as a guideline for general groceries (as it is quite impossible for me to list everything!).
Maltese bread – 50-80c
Milk carton – 75c
Bananas – €1.60/Kg
Potatoes – 60c/Kg
Pasta – 50 – 60c for 500g
Chicken breast – €5/Kg
Packet of sweets – 50c-€1
7 up 1.5L soft drink – €1.48
Cigarettes – €4.60-5.70
There are plenty of dessert shops in Malta, especially in places near beaches. These shops tend to be overpriced, as are restaurant desserts. Ice cream trucks and kiosks usually have lower prices. Or you can drop by to local bakery, which are sure to have fresh, delicious and traditional dessert waiting for you ;).
Ice cream from ice cream truck – €1-1.50
Ice cream from dessert shop – €2-3
Crepe from dessert shop – €3-5
Birthday cake from local bakery- €20-30
Places like St. Julians and Sliema are known to be party spots. Drinks in these places tend to be on the pricey side. Since they don’t charge entrance fee in clubs, this is how they get you! Drinks in small bars outside these locations are less budget-wrecking. I find that the most expensive drinks in Malta are cocktails, so keep an eye on how many you order. The cheapest option to drinking, is buying large bottles from a supermarket. (But please keep in mind that it is illegal to drink in the street in Malta. Also drink responsibly and NEVER drink and drive! )
Smirnoff vodka bottle from grocery – €10-13
Becks german beer from grocery – 86c
Local pub – €1-3/drink or €1.5/shot
Night club – €2-4/drink or €10-20/tray of shots
Cocktails – € 5-6/cocktail
There are plenty of historical and beautiful things to see in Malta. Each activity comes with a different price tag. These prices don’t tend to vary often unless new deals come out. Below are the major ones:
Scenery – Free and priceless (pun intended haha)
Heritage sights entrance fee (Adult) – €5-10
All-inclusive heritage pass (except Hypogeum) – €50/adult
Hypogeum guided tour – €35
Hypogeum audio tour – €5
Basic everyday activities you might want to do while in Malta are listed below. Prices tend to remain constant throughout the year.
3D cinema ticket – €10/Adult
Normal cinema ticket – € 8/Adult
Theatre ticket – €40-70 (depends on seating position).
Night club entrance – Free
Bowling – €5-7 per session
Ferry rides around Malta– €20-30
Even though Malta is a small country, it is jam-packed with adventures you can take. The following are the most sought-after adventures in Malta and their average price.
Scuba diving – Approx. €35 per dive (everything included)
Rock climbing 1 person (half a day) – €95
Mystery room experience – from €49
Water park day ticket adults – €22
Retail prices are pretty much the same as everywhere else in Europe. Prices depend entirely on the brand you wish to buy from. You can also find budget stores like Kiabi, where you can buy a spaghetti top for €2. The below prices are the average prices for a pair of jeans from different stores.
Budget store (such as Kiabi) – € 10-15
Middle-priced store (such as Pull N Bear) – €25-30
High-end store (such as Ralph Lauren) – €150-200
Renting beach umbrellas and deck chairs can get quite costly. This is because there is high demand for those items in the high season. If you have negotiation skills, this is where you should use them as prices can go a little lower.
Umbrella rent – €4
Deckchair rent – €10-15
Sunscreen – €15
Towel – €7
Different providers, have different prices and packages. The basic costs for top up sim cards are very similar so I used the most common. Below I have listed the local charges from Maltese sim cards:
SMS – 5c
Call/min – 25c
Mobile data/mb – 10c
Monthly internet bill – €20-30
Calls to foreign numbers – 65c – €2.91/min
SMS to foreign numbers – 23c
Monthly TV basic cable bill – €10/month
Mobile phones and laptops’ prices vary from model to model (and sometimes from shop to shop). Below I have listed specific models with their costs, all taken from the most popular tech shop in Malta. You can compare the prices to your country to get an accurate idea.
Samsung Galaxy A5 – €429
iPhone 7 128G – €899
Apple iPad (5th Gen) 128GB WiFi – €539
Acer Aspire ES1-572 – €499
Apple MacBook Air 13″ Core i5 1.6GHz 256GB – €1395
Any other items you may need to purchase during your stay.
Book – €7-15
A4 refill paper – €2-3
Tape – 40-60c
Souvenir magnet – €2.5-5
Lipstick – €6-12
Conclusion: Is Malta expensive?
The average prices in Malta are similar to those in other countries in Europe. If you take advantage of passes and booking deals, you can even get away with lower prices. Travelling in the shoulder season also lowers the average price.
So, to me, Malta is neither expensive nor extremely cheap. Prices are relatively on the European norm. To you, the above prices may lead you to have a different conclusion, (if so please share with us in the comments!) as it all depends on your own country’s prices.
Having said that, budget travelling to Malta is still quite possible. For more info on how you can plan a low-budget vacation to Malta, read here.
If you’re visiting Malta or you’re interested in travelling to Malta, be sure to read the top 10 things to do in Valletta (Malta’s capital).
Have you ever been to Malta? Are you planning to go? Or do you wish to? Did this prices list help you plan out your budget? Is Malta expensive? Share with us in the comments!