How to plan a Trip to Malta on a Tight Budget

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Malta is one of the most desirable holiday destinations in the world, but it also has a reputation for being rather pricey for some. That said, visiting Malta doesn’t have to set you back and arm and a leg, especially if you plan your trip carefully. Luckily we’ve got some practical travelling hacks on how you can explore Malta on a budget, and still get to enjoy the best of what the destination has to offer.

– Booking flights:

European travellers are in luck when it comes to getting cheap flight tickets to Malta, because the average cost of purchasing a ticket to Malta is usually 40 Euro when you’re flying from a European country via Ryanair. Other carriers like AirMalta or Lufthansa typically charge around 60 to 90 Euro on average if the booking is made in advance, which is still pretty reasonable if you think about it. Travellers from Sicily can save even more by taking a ferry to Malta for 65 Euro or so during off-season, and it’ll only takes 2.5 hours for you to get there.

– Getting around:

Once you get there, the most efficient and affordable way to get around is by bus. You can purchase a daily ticket if you’re in town for a short stay, or opt for a 7-day ticket, which is more convenient and cost-effective at 21 Euro. On the other hand, renting a car will set you back about 55 Euro for 5 days, or 35 Euro when you travel for 350 kilometres, which is the distance it usually takes for a round trip around the island. Visiting the neighbouring island of Gozo costs 9.40 Euro for a return trip per person, and that includes the car hire costs as well as the ferry.

– Accommodation:

If you want to find cheap hotels in Malta, try booking during the off-season, because it’s the only time you can book a decent double room for 20 Euro per night, and most of these are in really nice hotels that have a high rating on travel sites. Airbnb is also a really cheap option, especially if you’re splitting the cost with a friend, as you easily find a decent sized house for 36 Euro per night. A dorm room usually costs about 7 Euro a night during the off-season.

– Food and drink:

To get decent grub for two in Malta costs about 30 Euro a day, and that includes coffee, a few snacks, a restaurant meal and a glass of wine form the local vineyards in the region. A bottle of water is usually 1 Euro, while beer will only set you back 3 Euro. Pastizzi is probably the cheapest food option that you’ll come across and it’s easily accessible throughout the island for 1 to 2 Euro. Cooking your meals is another great way to save money on food and drinks while visiting Malta.

– Admission fees:

Most tourist attractions in Malta can be accessed free of charge. However,some of the UNESCO world heritage sites require an admission fee, and this includes megaliths like the ĦalSaflieni Hypogeum underground temple, which has an entrance fee of 30 Euro, as well as the Ggantija temple and St. Paul’s Catacombs, whose entrance fee is 5 Euro each per person. Of the three, we’d recommend St. Paul’s Catacombs for budget-savvy tourists, because it offers a vast and all-encompassing perspective of Maltese history and culture. You can also take a return ferry ride to Silema from Valetta at 2.80 Euro per person, to enjoy lovely scenic views of the area that you wouldn’t experience anywhere else in the world.

The Verdict

In a nutshell, the best way to visit Malta on a budget is to plan your trip around the off-season, which usually lasts fromNovember to March. During this season, you can enjoy the best that Malta has to offer for only 30 to 45 Euro a day, including a shared Airbnb, public transportation, opting for cheaper drinks and food, and mostly enjoying the free attractions like swimming, hiking, relaxing at the beach or walking around to get a real sense of the city. And the best part is that the weather here is so great that these activities can be enjoyed all year round.

After falling in love with the island many foreigners decide to come back and find a job here to continue with the good life. The igaming industry offers great opportunities for an interesting iGaming jobs in Malta, as does the marine industry. Who knows? Perhaps your trip will also lead to a permanent residency, especially once you realize just how inexpensive living in Malta really is.