Getting Around Malta
If you’re backpacking your way through Malta or Gozo, efficient bus network is something definitely come in handy during the trip. While buses run almost everywhere, some of them are infrequent, which means you have to wait some time before the next bus will be at your stop. If you’re planning to hop on or off a lot, 7-Day Explore Tallinja Card can be your best bet. It costs 21 EUR and offers unlimited travel to all major sites of both Malta and Gozo.
Single bus fare in summer is 1.5 EUR and 2 EUR in winter. The card turned out to be the best value for money if you travel a lot since I compared it to single fares. While some of my friends prefer rental cars, you can expect to pay around 36 EUR per day. Ferries are great to get to Gozo or Italy. Ferry to Gozo costs 5 EUR, while ferry to Italy will set you back around 55 EUR.
Food in Malta
Despite the fact that Maltese food is a mix of African, Italian and Middle Eastern cuisines, you don’t have to spend tons of money to get acquainted with its flavor. Get the Malta Discount Card to save more money on restaurant meals. With more than 150 restaurants and establishments covered by the card, some of them offer up to 50% discount!
It is a no-brainer that you can find some inexpensive eating in Malta. Kebabs and pastizzi come for around 5-6 EUR or less and can quickly fill you up. Sticking to grocery stores and minimarkets that are plentiful in most towns, will allow you to get access to pre-made meals. Eating out in restaurants is usually more expensive but you can expect meals to be big enough to feed two people at a time. Most inexpensive restaurants will charge around 15 EUR per meal.
One of the reasons why I found myself in Malta is its cuisine. Maltese bread, otherwise known as hobz and ftira, Gbejniet and soppa tal-armla vegetable soup totally worth trying while here. Like any other country in Southern Europe, Malta offers plenty of vegetables. Red sweet peppers, tomatoes, olives, and onion are part of most meals, and become even more delicious when served with local wine and cheese.
Accommodation in Malta
When it comes to finding hostels in Malta, St. Julian’s, Sliema and Gozo can offer a dorm bed for around 17 EUR. You can expect prices to be slightly higher in Gozo. Airbnb is a great option in Malta providing good value for money compared to private rooms in hostels. When I was looking for an apartment I bumped into decent options that only cost 25 EUR per night! Hotels are more common in Malta though. Budget hotels start around 50 EUR per night, while midrange hotels cost up to 110 EUR per night. Keep in mind that Malta is a popular tourist destination with attractive off-season rates. On the other hand, visiting Malta in shoulder season allows to avoid unbearable summer heat and save more on accommodation.