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Serving the entire Maltese archipelago, Malta International (Luqa) Airport (MLA) lies five miles or 15 minutes south-west of capital Valletta. For picking up and dropping off, the first 10 minutes in the main car park are free. Quick stops are also possible outside Arrivals and Departures. Malta offers multiple holiday options despite its compact size, whether you’re after history, culture, a city break, nightlife, activities, sun and sea or glorious food. Accommodation ranges from traditional, family-run B&Bs and farmhouses to luxurious, centuries-old palaces. The art-deco Hotel Phoenicia overlooking Valletta’s harbour offers five-star elegance and seven decades of history. Get around with Malta Airport transfers from AirportCars.

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A range of hotels near Malta Airport

Organise your Malta Airport transfer to or from a nearby hotel in advance:

  • The Waterfront is just over a mile away at Sliema, making for super-quick Malta Airport transfers. With four stars and a 4/5 ‘Very good’ TripAdvisor score, it combines ocean views with superb-quality accommodation.
  • The Argento is just a couple of miles away, again with four stars and an ‘Excellent’ TripAdvisor rating. Featuring a pool, it’s handy for St Julian’s promenade, nightlife and St George’s Bay beach.
  • The District lies 2.5 miles distant, allowing for swift Malta Airport transfers. Scoring 4.5/5 with reviewers, it offers three-star affordability, comfortable accommodation and is family-friendly .

Travelling on from Malta to another airport?

Malta International is the archipelago’s only flight hub. However, at AirportCars we organise airport transfers to and from Catania or Comiso, both on Sicily, Italy, 116 and 80 miles away respectively, or Monastir, Tunisia, 208 miles distant.

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Towns to explore near Malta Airport

  1. Mellieħa is nearly 14 miles north and reachable within 30 minutes. The family-friendly resort is near Mellieħa Bay, Malta’s largest sandy beach, and offers numerous mid-range hotels. The steep streets of this town offer a glimpse of genuine Maltese life.
  2. St Julian’s is almost 6.5 miles north or 15 minutes by Malta Airport transfer. It combines a historic coastal town with modern tourist developments and buzzing nightlife. It’s great for dining out; local beaches are generally rocky.
  3. Sliema is a similar distance from the airport on the east coast. There’s a prom, an eighteenth-century fort plus St Julian’s Tower, a seventeenth-century watchtower and battery. Meanwhile, the baroque Stella Maris church dates from the 1850s.
  4. Valletta is five miles from the airport – be there in 15 minutes. Stroll the walled city’s narrow streets of limestone walls and wooden balconies. From majestic St John’s Co-Cathedral to the National War Museum, City Gate and Grand Harbour, there’s loads to enjoy here.
  5. Qawra is 13.5 miles away or under 40 minutes from the airport. On a peninsula between two bays (St Paul’s and Salina), it has three seafronts and offers numerous watersports. It’s near nightlife while being quiet itself. Don’t miss the parish church, or classic car museum.
  6. Mdina is west and inland – cover the seven miles within 20 minutes by Malta Airport transfer. The car-free ‘Silent City’ offers incredible views and a compact centre. Stroll medieval alleyways and see the Carmelite church and priory plus the Natural History Museum.
Excursions to enjoy from Malta Airport
  1. Popeye Village is some 14.5 miles north-west, reachable within 30 minutes by Malta Airport transfer. The former film set, with Popeye and friends as hosts, incorporates a beach lido, water trampolines and boat rides, plus a winery for grown-ups! Inside, there’s a Popeye comic museum and huge kids’ play area.
  2. The Upper Barrakka Gardens are 5.5 miles north, or a 20-minute airport run. Perched above the Grand Harbour, these colonnaded gardens dating from 1661 command impressive views. As well as the relaxing gardens, you can take in outdoor artwork. Make it a double bill with the Lascaris War Rooms below the site.
  3. Palazzo Falson is within 30 minutes by Malta Airport transfer, lying around eight miles north-west at Mdina. Tour this exquisitely preserved medieval mansion and visit the gorgeous courtyard, kitchen and chapel. Construction began in 1495. Afterwards, relax in the rooftop café.
  4. The Grand Master’s Palace is just over five miles north, or a 20-minute Malta Airport transfer. Home to the Knights of St John until 1798, it housed the Maltese parliament until 2015. See this splendid building and the art work, arms, armour and state rooms encompassing 450 years of history.
  5. Hagar Qim is nearly five miles south west; be there in 15 minutes from the airport. Malta’s best-preserved prehistoric site encompasses standing stones and a megalith forming a series of three temples dating back to 3000 BC in a dramatic clifftop setting; the visitors’ centre is great, too.
  6. Golden Bay is just over five miles north-east: so it’s roughly a 15-minute airport run. One of the few sandy beaches locally, it’s popular and with good facilities. Visit at sunset – when it truly lives up to its name!
Further key details on Malta Airport

This airport is designed to be accessible to all travellers. There are disabled toilet facilities on-site, and if you or someone you’re travelling with has reduced mobility, you can book specialist help in advance. Present yourself at the relevant meeting point on arrival. Other facilities include hearing loops, lifts and elevating platforms, priority seating plus water fountains at different heights.

Maximum walking distance at this airport is 400m. Remember to book the particular help you need 48 hours before flying.

Malta Airport
Luqa LQA 4000

Tel: (+356) 21249 600