Visiting Malta is more than just an archipelago. It has a vast array of things to offer at a very reasonable price. Malta is one of the cheapest eurozone countries after all. Sometimes, it’s not about missing out on the eBay things in life, but about spending more on the best facilities and avoiding any unnecessary spendings.
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There are many ways to plan a budget-friendly trip to Malta. One can make the necessary considerations when it comes to a number of important facets of any trip, be it when looking for cheap flights, cost-effective activities, or even inexpensive hotels in Malta.
Although prices in tourist areas like Sliema, St. Julian’s, Valletta and Marsaxlokk tend to be on the pricier side, there are simple ways to save money. Pastizzi (pastries containing peas, ricotta or chicken) often cost less than a euro. You will also not be disappointed by the wide variety of affordable vegan and vegetarian restaurants throughout the country. It is also worth noting that although there isn’t a big price difference between most mid-range restaurants, and far nicer establishments, one can just as easily cook.
Another easily budgitable aspect of your trip is transportation. There are three forms of transportation on the island – buses, taxis, and car rentals. Fortunately for the budget friendly traveller, Visiting Malta is very small and costs close to nothing to get around. Both the islands of Malta and Gozo have extensive bus networks that can take you anywhere. A two-hour ticket costs as little as 1.50EU to 2EU. Another option would be to purchase a week-long travel card costing about 40EU. That is, if you are in Malta and Gozo for seven days or more, and plan on using the bus frequently.
If, however, you are not too keen on the bus or would rather not be at the mercy of unpredictable timetables, then renting a car is also a viable option. While car rentals cost 40EU to 50EU per day, taxis start from around 10EU (and increase depending on the destination). Although taxis can become rather expensive throughout the trip, they are a good last-minute option if you get stuck because the bus does not turn up or is full to the brim.
Another common way to travel in Malta is by ferry. If you plan on visiting Sliema from Valletta (and vice versa), the single journey costs 1.50 EU, and a return ticket will cost 2.80 EU. Travelling to Gozo also requires that you take a ferry, which is from going there, but passengers are required to pay the 4.65 EU fare upon returning to Malta.
Some of the best experiences in Malta are completely free. These include taking a stroll along the narrow and winding streets of Mdina, and the Barrakka gardens of Valletta. The maltese pride themselves on the ancient history with ruins of the oldest buildings in Malta. Two of the main spectacular features are the megalithic temples, as well as the late medieval period, the main fortifications around the old capital of Mdina, those surrounding the new capital of Valletta, as well as the Cittadella on Gozo.
If you enjoy museums, most of them tend to charge a small admittance fee. One of the most popular maltese attractions is the Hypogeum in Hal-Saflieni which costs about 35EU (discounts for students and seniors do exist), which is relatively inexpensive, and well worth it. Cheaper options include Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples in Qrendi, Fort St. Elmo, National War Museum, Valletta which cost around 10EU each.
All in all, vacations in visiting Malta don’t have to break the bank, provided that you prioritise your interests and make sure you research the best options out there that match your travel style.