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Getting from Malta Airport to Sliema

The quaint marina town of Sliema is located 11.5 km away from Malta International (MLA) Airport, and you have two different transfer options to make this journey, taxi or bus. Taking a Malta Airport Taxi is by far the most convenient transport option as it takes only 25 minutes and costs 20€. Taking the bus is a much slower but also cheaper option as tickets cost just 2€ one-way, but the total journey time is 60 minutes.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €20 25min 24/7
Bus €4 60min 06:00–23:00

How to get from Malta Airport to Sliema by taxi

Taking a Malta Airport Taxi from (MLA) to Sliema is the most convenient and quickest transfer option. It takes just 25 minutes to complete the journey in normal traffic and costs a fixed rate fee of 20€.

Taxi fare from Malta Airport to Sliema

Taxis at Malta International (MLA) Airport charge a fixed rate fee of 20€ to Sliema. You will need to pay and collect a pre-paid ticket at the taxi booth located inside the arrivals terminal before taking your taxi.



Trip Duration

25 Min.

*Rates may vary unless booked in advance

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Malta Airport

Where do I get it from?

The official white airport taxis can easily be found waiting in a line directly outside of the arrivals exit at Malta International (MLA) Airport.


There’s nothing you want to do more after a long flight than get to your accommodation as quickly and easily as possible. Τaking a Malta Airport Taxi to Sliema is the only way to do this. All you have to do is strap yourself in and enjoy the 25-minute ride to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

Taxis at Malta International (MLA) Αirport don't charge extra for luggage, however, most drivers won't allow suitcases in the seats, so you will need to make sure your's will fit in the trunk.

Useful Tips

Be sure to get your pre-paid ticket in the arrivals hall before choosing your taxi.
Journey price remains the same no matter where your accommodation in Sliema is.

How to get from Malta Αirport to Sliema by bus

With ticket prices of 2€ one-way, taking the bus from Malta International (MLA) Αirport to Sliema is the cheapest option, however, it’s not the most convenient. The journey will take around 60 minutes, making it much slower than the other transfer option.

How much is the bus from Malta Αirport to Sliema?

A one-way ticket from Malta International (MLA) Αirport to Sliema will cost you 2€ from mid-June to mid-October and 1.5€ during the winter months. You can purchase your tickets directly from the bus driver.



Trip Duration

60 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 60 minutes

Value for Money

The X2 bus is available from 06:00 to 23:00.

Where do I get it from?

The X2 bus can be found in the bus terminus located just outside of the arrivals terminal at Malta airport. You can easily spot the X2 bus by its white and lime green paint.


Taking the X2 bus is great if you’re on a budget, but not the best option if you’re on a tight schedule. Not only do you have a wait of up to 60 minutes between buses, but there are many stops between Malta airport and Sliema, making this transfer option extremely slow.

Editor’s Note

The X2 bus leaves on a hour, every hour, so if you arrive at 5 or 10 past, you will have a long wait for the next bus. In these cases, I recommend taking a different form of transportation.

Useful Tips

During night hours, ticket prices can rise to 3€.
Be sure to carry change as the bus driver won't accept cards.
It's recommended to travel light as the X2 bus doesn't have dedicated luggage storage space.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Malta. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How to get from Malta Airport to Sliema?

When making the journey from Malta International (MLA) Airport to Sliema, you have two options, a taxi or a bus. Taking a taxi will cost 20€ and take 25 minutes, while the bus takes 60 minutes and tickets cost 2€ one-way.

Is there a bus from Malta Airport to Sliema?

Yes. The X2 bus leaves Malta International (MLA) Airport to Sliema every 60 minutes from 06:00 to 23:00. The journey takes 60 minutes in normal traffic and tickets cost 2€ one-way.

How far away is Sliema from Malta Airport?

Malta International Airport (MLA) is located 11.5 km away from Sliema. It will take you around 25 minutes to reach Sliema by taxi and 60 minutes using the X2 bus.

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