Airport in Malta All you need to know
Discover the main information about Malta airport for an easy arrival to the archipelago.
Malta, only one international airport
Malta Airport (Luqa)
Malta has only one international airport and, contrary to popular belief, it is not located in the capital (Valletta), but in the centre of the island in the town of Luqa. Valletta is a fortified city barely 500 metres long, making it impossible to land a plane there.
It is common for major international airports to be located in a city outside their capital, retaining the name of the capital to make it easier for travellers to recognise the destination. The same is true of Malta. Malta’s airport is sometimes referred to as Valletta Airport.
Location of Malta Airport
Malta’s airport is located in the town of Luqa, in the centre of the island and away from the more populated towns (St Paul’s Bay, Birkirkara, Sliema, St Julian’s, Bugibba, etc.). The capital, Valletta, is about 8 kilometres from the airport.
Heliports in Gozo and Comino
The Republic of Malta is an archipelago of eight islands, four of which are inhabited (Malta, Gozo, Comino and Manoel). There is only one airport in the ‘country’ Malta, so most travellers to the outlying islands have to take the ferry or sea transfers.
Gozo and Comino, however, have a heliport respectively. Occasional traffic at these two heliports is under the surveillance of the Malta Airport Control Tower.
Malta Airport Transfers
As the island of Malta is small, it is very easy to reach any hotel, flat or accommodation in less than an hour from or to the airport.
Bus and public transport from Malta airport
The cheapest option for travelling to and from Malta airport is to use public transport. Malta does not have a metro or tram network, so buses are the only option.
There are two types of buses that go to the airport. The express buses TD1 and TD2 only connect the centre of Bugibba and St. Julian’s, the ticket is €3. Standard buses X1, X2, X3 and X4 make more stops, the ticket costs 1.5 euros (2 euros in summer).
All information on stops, fares and timetables is available on the official Malta Public Transport website: Public Transport Malta.
The bus stops are right in front of the arrivals terminal. It is possible to buy your ticket directly on the bus or at the ticket machines, or you can ask any questions at the Transport office in the arrivals hall.
Please note that the bus fare increases after 23:00 hours. Maltese buses are not always punctual either, buses are usually between 5 and 20 minutes late. A small precaution to take, buses do not systematically mark bus stops, so if you are waiting for a bus, don’t forget to raise your hand.
The taxis and drivers at Malta airport
Getting to the airport by taxi is very easy and remains the safest option to avoid missing your flight. However, it is not advisable to use the standard Maltese taxis (White Taxis) which do not have a very good reputation on the island.
Whether it is Bolt or eCabs, the price of the ride is determined in advance by the app. It is also possible to have a driver available in less than 5 minutes with both apps.
Los traslados del aeropuerto
There is a shuttle or minibus service that offers transfers between the airport and the main hotels on the island. You can find all the information at Malta Transfer.
The cost of a SHARED SHUTTLE BUS transfer is around 5 euros, but often you will have to wait for all the passengers who have booked the transfer to meet (the waiting time can therefore vary from 5 to 30 minutes). If you have booked a hotel en Malta, remember to check that the hotel does not offer this service free of charge, as is often the case.
Car rental at Malta airport
Renting a car can be an interesting option to visit the island easily. Be careful, as Malta is a former British colony, so drive on the left-hand side of the island. If you’re from the UK, you’re lucky you’ll feel at home!
Car rental agencies are present after the baggage claim area. The counters (Avis, Hertz, Europcar, First, Green Motion, etc.) are visible on the left once you have passed through the customs gate, and cars can be collected from the car parks outside.
The easiest way to rent a car at the airport is to compare the offers at Rental Cars and make your reservation before you arrive.
Transfers for students of English courses
Every year, almost 80,000 students take a language course in Malta. When students book a course and accommodation at a school, the transfer to and from the airport to the residence/apartment is included free of charge.
The transfer should be planned directly with the school, so if you are coming to study English in Malta, remember to contact your school or agency.
The features of Malta airport
Air traffic and infrastructure
Malta Airport is an international airport that handles around 6 million passengers a year. It is small in size compared to major European airports. Malta airport is not comparable in size and air traffic with airports such as Charles de Gaulle, Amsterdam or Frankfurt. Malta’s airport has only two runways and only one terminal.
The passenger reception area is not very large and can be crossed in less than 5 minutes. All check-in desks are grouped in the same area (normal and low-cost flights).
There are 12 food outlets at the airport (Costa Coffee, Cleland and Souchet’s, Fat Harry’s, Mcdonald’s, Burger King, etc.) as well as 27 points of sale, divided between the check-in area and the Duty Free area before the departure lounge.
The airlines operating in Malta
Air Malta, Malta’s national airline, uses the airport as its main hub. The most popular routes are operated by Air Malta or the low-cost airline Ryannair, but there are also 30 other airlines operating flights to and from Malta. Both legacy and low-cost airline travellers pass through and interact within the same terminal.
List of airlines operating in Malta
Norwegian Air Shuttle
Swiss International Air Lines
The main European capitals, as well as major European cities, are connected all year round to Malta Airport. Some routes connected to Malta are seasonal and operate only during the summer season (April to October).
Frequently asked questions – Airport Malta(FAQ)
Where is Malta airport?
The airport of Malta is located in the town of Luqa, in the south-central part of the main island of Malta.
How many terminals are there at Malta airport?
Malta is a small international airport with a single airport terminal.
How many runways does Malta airport have?
Malta airport has two runways.