Some holidays, while invaluable in creating lasting memories, do not necessarily need to be accompanied by an extravagant price tag.
In some destinations, such as Malta, enjoying a memorable visit does not need to break the bank.
And while Malta offers a range of experiences suitable for every wallet, exploring Malta with a budget-conscious mindset is completely achievable. For many reasons.
One of these reasons is that Malta can be easily explored on foot or using public transport. Likewise, you can see most of the island without spending much or anything at all — with a range of attractions such as its charming towns, UNESCO-heritage capital city, Valletta, and the island’s beautiful coastline.
In this blog, we delve into the basics of travelling to Malta on a budget, including some tips and tricks to ensure your adventure in Malta is enjoyable for both you and your wallet.
1. Travel During the Off-Season
Travelling during the off-peak season is one of the best ways to optimise your holiday budget.
In Malta, this means travelling between November to April.
During this period, not only do flight and accommodation rates drop, but so do the crowds visiting popular attractions — often saving time usually lost in queues, and making for a more intimate and enjoyable overall experience.
This tranquillity allows you to immerse yourself more deeply in the island’s rich history, soak in its breathtaking landscapes, and savour the local culture without feeling rushed or overwhelmed.
The weather during these months is often still pleasant, with occasional exceptions, allowing you to explore the island comfortably — including its beaches. While it may not always be suitable for swimming, you can still relish the seaside ambiance and take peaceful strolls along the shore, while admiring the coastal scenery.
2. Plan Ahead and Set Your Budget
Research the average costs in Malta and allocate your budget wisely before you start making any travel plans, ensuring you set a sustainable budget that covers accommodation, food, transport, attractions, and any extras.
Naturally, you can get more value for your money by planning ahead of your trip, instead of last-minute bookings. Planning ahead not only offers better choices and availability but also allows for thoughtful budget allocation, ensuring a more economical and rewarding experience.
3. Take Advantage of Free or Low-Cost Activities
There’s a wealth of free and affordable activities to enjoy in Malta, most of which are budget-friendly too.
You can explore Malta’s stunning landscapes by hiking scenic trails, relax on beautiful beaches, or stroll through charming old towns, immersing yourself in their historic architecture.
There are usually a host of events taking place too, most of which are either free to attend — such as food festivals, parades, concerts, and village feasts. We recommend you take a look at Visit Malta’s calendar of events to get the latest information about any events taking place during your stay.
For additional savings and a comprehensive experience, consider the Malta Pass and Heritage Malta options.
Heritage Malta offers discounted access to various historical sites, such as Fort St Angelo and the National Museum of Archaeology, with combination tickets that provide great value.
Similarly, the Malta Pass grants entry to over 40 attractions and convenient transportation via sightseeing buses. Purchase these passes online in advance to access discounts and optimise your explorations across the islands.
4. Explore on Foot or Use Public Transportation
Malta’s compact size and well-connected public transport make it a traveller’s paradise, and the ideal destination to explore on foot or using its efficient public transport system.
When you explore specific places like the charming Three Cities on foot, moving from one town to another is easy and unveils many hidden gems. This approach offers a deeper exploration of each town, allowing you to absorb their distinctive allure, and the local culture and history. Plus, it’s a great way of discovering hidden gems and quaint streets along the way.
Walking not only allows you to appreciate the island’s unique architecture and vibrant culture at your own pace but also saves you money on transportation.
Alternatively, opt for the reliable public buses that cover the entire island. With affordable fares and an extensive network, buses are an excellent way to reach attractions, towns, and beaches. Transport Malta offers a range of options for visitors in Malta, with the most-common being the Explore Card, (Adult €21 / Child €15), which provides you with unlimited travel for 7 days.
5. Enjoy Affordable and Delicious Local Cuisine
Malta’s local cuisine can be easily enjoyed if you’re visiting Malta on a budget.
Affordable Maltese favourites include ‘pastizzi,’ savoury pastries typically filled with ricotta or peas, enjoyed for just a few cents, and ‘hobz biz-zejt,’ a humble yet delicious snack featuring bread rubbed with ripe tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, and topped with a mix of olives, capers, and tuna.
In general, you can expect lower prices in cosy local eateries and street vendors, most of which offer a taste of authentic flavours without a hefty price tag.
Maltese cuisine thrives on local, affordable, fresh, seasonal produce. This makes dining at local establishments a delightful and budget-friendly culinary experience.
Likewise, you can discover local markets offering a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, perfect for snacking or for an impromptu picnic during your stay.
6. Choose Lodging Providing Excellent Value for Your Money
When planning your trip, prioritise accommodations that provide value for your money.
Be.Hotel offers a perfect blend of affordability and comfort for visitors travelling to Malta on a budget, allowing you to relish a relaxing stay without stretching your finances.
We offer a variety of accommodation options, including Standard rooms, Superior rooms, and spacious Family Rooms and Suites. Guests can choose based on their budget and requirements, ensuring a tailored and enjoyable stay.
Situated in the heart of St. Julian’s, Malta, we’re at a stone’s throw from all essential amenities including restaurants and bars, while well-connected to the rest of the island.