Malta is landscapes like no other & elegant architecture.
Approximate flight time: 3 hours 20 minutes (total distance 1394 miles)
No of flights per week: 6
Airlines that fly direct: Ryaniair, Air Malta, TUI
No. of Airports in Malta: Luqa Malta Airport
Seasons: High = June - September; Low = November - March
Currency: Euro (€)
Departing from Birmingham Airport
Start your holiday feeling relaxed when you fly from Birmingham Airport. We’ve got a fantastic selection of shops, restaurants and facilities, and our central location means we’re easily accessible from anywhere in the UK.
If you choose to drive to the airport, you’ll find a choice of seven car parks, which are all easily available from the terminal by foot or via the free courtesy shuttle bus. Book a parking space online in advance and save up to 70%.
If taking public transport is more your style, you will find bus and coach services running directly to the airport from all over the UK. If you choose to take the train, a free and frequent Air-Rail link from the station takes you to the terminal in just two minutes.
Many people like to enjoy a meal at the airport before their flight, so we have an awesome array of cafés, bars and restaurants for you to choose from. We’ve got favourites like Wetherspoon and All Bar One, and if you’re travelling with children, Frankie & Benny’s and Giraffe both do a great children’s menu. We’ve got a variety of coffee shops too, or for something a little stronger, Bottega Prosecco Bar is a great place to toast to your holiday.
Whether you want to do some window shopping, or you’ve left some bits to the last minute, Birmingham Airport has great shops for you to browse. Check out World Duty Free for great savings, grab a magazine and a bag of sweets for the plane from WHSmith, and even get some new jewellery at Pandora or Accessorize. If you’re looking to spruce up your wardrobe before your flight to Malta, you’ll find fashion stores like Kurt Geiger too.
We’ve got five airport lounges , where you can enjoy complimentary food and drinks, unlimited WiFi and great runway views before you fly, so why not take advantage and pre-book your entry?
For more information on the other services available, see our guide to terminal facilities.
Arriving at Malta Airport
Malta International Airport is the only airport in Malta and serves all the Maltese Islands.
There are four airport express services, X1, X2, X3 and X4. These routes make it easier for you to travel directly to and from the airport. You can buy tickets from various ticket booths in the airport, or on board.
Taxi services between the airport and any destination in Malta are available 24 hours a day. Pre-paid tickets can be purchased at fixed rates from a booth in the Arrivals Hall.
Malta Transfer is the airport’s official hotel shuttle service. It offers convenient trips to and from your hotel in Malta or Gozo.
There are also care hire options, should you prefer the freedom and flexibility that driving yourself around the island will provide.
Pre-book your transfer with HolidayTaxis and avoid the queues when you arrive.
What to expect in Malta
Perched in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the country of Malta is a stunning little archipelago that sits south of Sicily and just shy of Tunisia to the north. Prehistoric temples, fossil-studded cliffs, hidden coves, thrilling scuba diving and a remarkable history, Malta is so much more than beaches.
Maltese is the country’s primary language spoken by most locals, but English is widely used.
Malta’s climate makes it a great holiday destination all year round. Summers are hot, dry and sunny and winters are relatively mild.
Culture in Malta
As well as being stunning, Malta has an interesting history and culture. Tour the Megalithic temples, step back in time at the Classic Car Museum, spend a day in Gozo and visit the Sunday Fish Market at Marsaxlokk.
If you’re visiting Malta between April and September, you will get to experience Feast Season. With a friendly rivalry between villages, celebrations often start up to a fortnight before the feast date. Honouring either their patron saint or second-in-importance saint, you can enjoy music performed by local bands, visit vendor stalls, watch fireworks, and take in the brightly decorated streets and ornately decorated and illuminated churches.
There are some traditional foods you must sample whilst you’re in Malta. Among the numerous pastries, pies, pastas and pizza slices at numerous kiosks around the island, you’ll find the famous pastizzi – filled, hot, mini-pastries. To wash it down, pick up a bottle of Malta’s own soft drink, Kinnie, a bittersweet carbonated drink, which is, admittedly, an acquired taste.