So how long does it take from Malta to Sicily by Ferry?
Malta is one of the most underrated islands in the world is located in the central Mediterranean region conveniently spreading throughout Italy. This makes it a perfect brisk ferry ride to the island of Sicily, the largest Italian island. After experiencing its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, make your way to Sicily for its dazzling landscapes and diversity of cultural treasures.
Both Malta and Sicily have a mild climate making it an attractive and easily accessible destination year around.
If you are up for a cultural adventure, hop on the ferry from Malta to Sicily and enjoy picturesque views with a glass of Vino Alla Mandorla in just 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Where to book ferries from Malta to Sicily
Ferries depart from Valletta’s harbor in Malta for Sicily Catania or Pozzallo ports offering you a variety of daily sailings with multiple times throughout the week. Grimaldi Lines only run service between Valletta and Catania on a weekly basis with departures on Mondays with 7 hours of travel time whereas Virtu Ferriesoffer two services, from Valletta to Catania departing multiple times a day with a duration of 4 hours and Valletta to Pozzallo route offering daily express services with travel time of approximately 2 hours. Both companies provide convenient online bookings with great offers for the month of September and kids.
Ferry Routes between Malta and Sicily
Make sure to spend some time in Malta’s capital – Valletta before you leave for Sicily as it offers a great variety of architecture and historic walks, it is a world’s heritage sigh after all.
There are two ferry companies that services routes from Valletta to Catania, second largest city in Sicily famous for its Mount Etna and Cathedral connecting Sicily with Malta. Grimaldi Lines runs once per week with a sailing duration of 7 hours 15 minutes and Virtu Ferries offers daily schedules with a duration from 4 hours 15 min offering you daily departures in the morning and afternoon for selected destinations only.
Grimaldi Lines are part of the privately-owned Grimaldi Group company based in Naples, Italy which specializes in cargo and passenger transfers.
Grimaldi Lines offers ferry every Monday that departs at 04:00 in the morning and reaches Catania around 11:00 in the morning with an average price of a round-trip ticket of 100 – 200 euros. Return ferries run every Sunday and depart at 17:15 in the evening. Grimaldi Lines currently running a promotion for children. Click here to check out their website for moredetails.
Virtu Ferries is a Maltese based company that offers transfers from Malta to Sicily by catamaran and not cruise ships like Grimaldi Lines. If you are interested in sightseeing during the transfer and do not mind water splashes then catamaran would be a better option for you. However, if you are suffering from seasickness, pick standard cruise ferry as it provides more stability in the water.
Virtu Ferries offer express sailing from Malta to Sicily’s Catania every day other than Wednesday offering morning departures at 05:00, 05:30, and 06:30 depending on the day of the week with 2 departures on Friday (morning and evening) with total travel time of 4 hours and 15 minutes for the price of 140 euros. Check out their website for more details. Please keep in mind that trips to Catania are done through Pozzallo port by the coach transfers for the additional 14 euros for the coach transportation.
Only Virtu Ferries
Virtu Ferries offers express ferry rides to Pozzallo located in the Ragusa region which is famous for its Arabic and Spanish fusion of cultures and infamous Blue Flag beaches. They operate twice every day with departures in the morning and afternoon with an average travel time of 1 hour and 45 minutes for the price of 65€ – 130€ depending on the season. Virtu Ferries is currently offering discounted travel to Sicily from Malta, refer to the offer here.
According to public reviews, Virtu Ferries are winning with great reviews over Grimaldi Lines. Make sure to pick the company that suits your needs and schedule as well as the type of transportation you are looking for.
Other ways to get from Malta to Sicily
Day trips from Malta-Sicily
If you are short on time and do not want to think of organizing and researching on ferry rides from Malta to Sicily you can easily book one of the day excursions which includes pick-up, transportation, guided tour services, taxes and fees ranging between 120-150 euros depending on the sightseeing you are most interested in as well as if you opt-in for food and beverages. Surprisingly enough, the day trips will end up costing you same or less as ferry tickets with less organizing and stress added. Definitely, something to consider. Most of the tours include sightseeing of Pozzallo and Mount Etna. Please visit DiscoverMalta for more details on the tours.
Virtu Ferries also offers daily excursions as part of their service offerings with prices ranging from 95-185 euros and selected departures for summer and winter including scenic, historical and cultural tours satisfying even the pickiest travelers. The best part as it is almost the same price as the standard ferry fair anyways. For more details please check out their website.
If you are interested in the thrill of an adventure and would like to discover hidden gems of Sicilian villages, beautiful nature, and glorious food then you can easily turn this into a road trip by taking your car or rental car on a ferry. Make sure to have your google maps on! You can rent a car in Malta for as cheap as 5 euros a day. Virtu Ferries and Grimaldi Lines allow cars on board their catamarans and cruise ships for the charge of 77 – 140 euros depending on the season and the size and weight of the vehicle. Driving time from Valetta to Palermo would be approximately 6 hours including the ferry ride where the actual driving time from the port of Pozzallo would be just under 4 hours with the fuel cost of 50 euros for 300 kilometers driven.
Fly from Valletta to Sicily
If you are short on time and would like to visit more places with minimum time spent, then flying might be right for you. The flights range between 36 to 200 euros and only take under an hour operated by Ryanair and Air Malta to get you from Valetta to Sicily. Both of the airlines offer multiple daily non-stop departures. There is only one thing to keep in mind and it is luggage, Ryanair and Air Malta do offer cheap flights but baggage would be extra which is fine as all you will need is a bathing suit and a smile anyways.
Best way to get from Malta to Sicily
Best way to get from Malta to Sicily is by plane if of course, and that’s if you are not afraid of flying. Not only it is a quick flight which can get you from Malta to Sicily in under an hour, but it is by far the cheapest option as well saving you the time you would definitely need to roam the markets and taste the wonderful cuisine that Sicily has to offer.
Second best option will be to take a ferry, which is slightly longer of about 2 hours and anywhere from 2-3 times as more expensive as flying but does offer a very beautiful sea route and an opportunity to experience a cruise sailing for those that do not live by the water.
Cheapest way to get from Malta to Sicily
The cheapest way to get from Malta to Sicily is absolutely by plane, in particular by Ryanair, as the company usually have deals on most of their locations especially in the winter months, but it is not an issue as the weather in Sicily is warm and welcoming all year round. You can get tickets for as cheap as 36 euros and it would take less than an hour of travel time. Second cheapest and probably most convenient way would be to book one of the daily guided tours as they would take care of all the planning and hassle of logistics and planning and let you relax and take in the seaside views, gastronomy, history, and architecture of Sicily.
Most luxurious way to get from Malta to Sicily
There are multiple ways that one can travel from Malta to Sicily – by car, ferry, plane which most agree are standard means of transportation but if you want to travel in style, there is one more option – helicopter! You can go island hopping in Eurocopter AS350 for 330 euros per person for the 60-minute experience of a lifetime. Do not forget to bring a handkerchief as you might have some tears of joy during this ride.
Malta Travel Blog: Taking My Time Off Reality In Malta
This post is very special to me. This was the time I was a little down and all that I was thinking about was that I needed a break from reality and to travel to a place where I could just relax and pretend that everything was in pause mode. I was checking on the internet for a perfect place to unwind with a budget of course, and I came across Malta.That is why came up with this Malta Travel Blog to pour my heart out a bit. For those of you, my beloved readers, who are wondering where Malta is, it is located south of Italy, center of the Mediterranean and the Eu’s smallest member. Its fresh, blue Mediterranean sea and warm smiling people makes one forget all the earthly problems in the world.
Quick Guide About Malta
Island hopping: Island hopping is a must thing to do in Malta. Although it may be swamped with tourists in the summer but its worth the hassle.We got a good deal fromOh Yeah Malta which departs from Melliah Bay to the Blue Lagoon.
Ferry: How to get to the Blue Lagoon in Comino Island?- Boat trips are available all year round departing every hour daily. The boat leaves from Marfa and Cirkewwa . The trip takes around 30 mins to Comino. €10 for adults and half the price for children.
Food: Fenkata(rabbit stew) and Pastizzi(Maltese pastry) are a must try.
Taxis: Taxis are everywhere on the little island of Malta. White taxi service is the official taxi in Malta. Always make sure to agree about the fare before getting on the taxi. A taxi from the airport to Valletta costs 15 euro and to Melliah costs around 30 euros.
Transfers: Prepaid taxis are a better option than the regular taxis. This saves you from haggling with the driver yet cheaper.
A private transfer from the airport to Mellieha costs 20 euros compared to a standard rate of 30 euros the official taxis charge. We booked our transfers through Sun Airport Transfers which never failed to impress us.
Buses: Buses are always the cheapest way to get around the city. Malta is a populated city and it may take some time to get to your destination during rush hours due to high traffic.
We stayed at DB Seabank Resort in Malta. This is my first time staying at an all-inclusive Hotel. Trust me, everything was A-mazing. From the sumptuous foods they serve and their amazing pools for both adults and kids. They also have an indoor pool (for the cold and winter months).
We arrived at noon at the airport and from there, we had a taxi service pre-booked through (Sun Transfer Taxi service) because it’s a lot easier for us and because it would take around two hours travel time if we took the bus, and for a cab, it will take around 30 minutes. Upon arrival at the hotel, we ate our lunch at the Coral restaurant, one of the six restaurants in the hotel, which was awesome by the way, with the beach view.
The hotel serves different kinds of dishes from Asian, Italian, American, Mediterranean and surprisingly Brazilian dishes. From morning until late evening, the hotel is overflowing with food and drinks. Trust me, you will never think about eating out even one bit.
The second day-
We went to Valetta which is an hour’s bus ride from Mellieha Bay, the place where we were staying, costs only 1 euro (yes you read that right, it is just 1 euro for an hour’s bus ride). Valetta boasts of its fortified defensive walls from the 16th century and its Mediterranean inspired architecture. No wonder the entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
We reached the Barraka Gardens. A place where one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Malta and that panoramic view is breathtaking. It is free by the way so I was really happy (you know I’m always thinking about the budget). The best things in life are free, right?
Enjoying the view at the Barrack Gardens
Upper Barakka Gardens . . .
The view below the Upper Barakka Gardens
Afterwards, we went to the Valetta waterfront to see the sunset (that was sooo romantic).
Third day Gozo trip
The city of Gozo . . .
The highlight of my Malta trip was when we went to Gozo island. Such a tiny island and much smaller than Malta but rich in history and the heart-stopping panoramic views left me in awe.
We rented a sailboat to visit the different islands near Malta. One can actually take the public boat which costs a lot more but for us, it was a long commute and the boat we took was just right across by our hotel. We paid around 20 euros for the 6-hour tour. Our first stop was Gozo island and we had a hop on and hop off arranged for us and it was inclusive already of the tour. We had an hour to explore Gozo island and my favorite spot was the Azure Window. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, does this ring a bell?
A picturesque view and one can have goosebumps while climbing to the top. Actually, we did not climb considering Pierre has a thing for heights. The sad thing is that last March 4, 2017, the Azure Window was washed away by the storm. It really broke my heart but at the same time, I felt blessed that I’d had a chance to admire that beautiful rock formation that makes thousands of people come to the island just to see it.
Taking a tour around Azure Window
A stop at the Blue Lagoon. . .
Our third stop was the Blue Lagoon in the island of Comino. Yes, the place stands for itself as its color is as blue as the sky that makes anyone jump on one of the best beaches in Malta. On the island, you can find a lot of food trucks if you are hungry. The children can swim in the shallow waters by the coast and there are a lot of activities to choose from like banana boat, jet ski etc.
The Popeye Village
Our fourth day was pretty exciting because we went to this very iconic place, the Popeye Village in Malta. It was a 15-minute walk from our hotel.
Olive takes a selfie instead of taking a picture of us…
Finally, a picture with Popeye and Bruto!
Not sure if it’s Popeye’s house. . .
All in all, Malta is such a beautiful country. Our location is definitely a 10 because of the beach, Valetta is an hour away but the bus is so affordable so that was a plus. Our hotel was all inclusive so we just ate all our meals at the hotel which serves food and drinks all day long. The people were so warm, hospitable and a huge plus because they speak good English. If you’re looking for a cheap holiday getaway somewhere in Europe, then fly to Malta! It’s warm all year round!