Malta Airport car hire - best car rental deals Malta
Malta Airport - MLA is the only airport serving the island of Malta and the Maltese archipelago.
See map of Gozo, Comino and Malta islands of the Maltese Archipelago.
Malta Airport is located approx. 3 miles southwest of the islands capital Valetta, near the village of Luqa: the other names often used for Malta Airport are Valetta Airport or Luqa Airport.
As a hub for flag carrier Air Malta, as well as for the low-cost airline Ryanair, Malta Airport offers an extensive choice of routes to major European Airports.
UK flights to Malta
Being an former British crown dependency, constituted an independent state only in 1964, Malta has very strong cultural links to the UK, being a favourite holiday spot for many Brits.
Flights from the UK to Malta / Valetta Airport are available from a variety of carriers, amongst them: Air Malta, British Airways, Easyjet, Monarch Airlines, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways.
Malta Airport car hire companies
The major gateway to Malta and, simultaneously, the archipelago’s only airport, Malta International Airport / Valetta Airport, is well served of car hire companies.
Amongst the major on-site providers of Malta Airport rent a car services are: Europcar, Thrifty, Alamo, Hertz Malta, Sixt Car Rental, Budget, Avis Rent A Car and First Car Rental. Passengers arriving by air to Malta Airport will find the car rental desks on the left hand side of the Welcomers’ Hall, after exiting the baggage claim area.
It is also possible to rent cars from off-site car hire companies, such as: Green Motion, Billy’s Car Hire Valetta, Aquarius Rent A Car or Ray Bezzina Car Hire Malta.
Malta cheap car hire off season - compare rates with Cartrawler Malta
Take advantage of the great climate of Malta and spend a lovely holiday on the islands at a reduced price.
In may, for example, when the temperatures already exceed 20 degrees Celsius it is often possible to rent an economy class car, such as a Hyundai i20 or similar, for a very competitive rate of approx. £ 70 for a week of Malta Airport car hire.
It is usually easier to find the best Malta car rental deals when booking well in advance. Internet search engines of car hire, such as Cartrawler, are a helpful tool allowing you to compare prices from many providers and book your Malta hire car well ahead of your arrival to Valetta Airport.
Cheap rates in Malta car hire can be found in all car rental classes. When booking outside of tourist season you can, sometimes, find real bargains in Malta Airport minivan car hire, with the best offers starting from as little as £130 for a week car rental of a Peugeot Expert 8-seater, or similar.
If you plan to drive in Malta, remember that there is a left-hand traffic on all the islands of the archipelago. Find more information in a related article: Driving in Malta - Malta car hire advice.
Malta Airport – distances to places of interest in Malta
Malta is a fairly small island, measuring approx. 19 miles in its widest part. A hire car will allow you to travel from Malta Airport to most of the interesting places on the island in less than one hour.
See below the approx. road distances from Malta Airport:
- distance from Malta Airport to Valetta: 3 miles
- distance from Malta Airport to Bugibba: 11 miles
- distance from Malta Airport to Qawra: 11.5 miles
- distance from Malta Airport to Sliema: 5.6 miles
- distance from Malta Airport to St. Paul’s Bay: 11 miles
- distance from Malta Airport to Mellieha Bay: 14 miles
- distance from Malta Airport to Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (UNESCO site): 1.8 miles
Related article: Valetta tourist attraction – driving holiday in Malta.
Malta Air Show
Malta Airport is a venue for one of largest outdoor events in Malta, known as the Malta International Air Show.
Hundreds of visitors, tourists and locals, gather every year, in September, on the grounds of Malta Airport to assists air shows performed by a variety of aircrafts. Because of the large choice of accompanying events, Malta Air Show is recommended not only for aviation enthusiasts, but also for families in general looking for different ways of spending their free time.
Find up-dated information on the official website of Malta Air Show.
See footage from Malta International Air Show 2013: