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Ferry to Malta

How to travel to Malta by ferry


Malta ⇔ Sicily
1h 45 mins.
Up to 2 times per day

Valletta-Mgarr (Gozo)

45 mins.
Up to 10 times per day

Cirkewwa-Mgarr (Gozo)

25 Minutes
Up to 31 times per day

Getting to Malta by ferry

Although there have been several international ferries to Malta in the past, this number is now limited to only one. This is the ferry from Pozzallo to Valletta.

It is also possible to book this ferry from Catania to Valletta or vice versa. You will then be transported by bus between Catania and Pozallo.

What happened to the other international ferries?

  • The ferry from Augusta to Valletta (Ponte Ferries) is no longer running due to problems.
  • Grimaldi Lines' Salerno-Valletta route is unfortunately no longer operational.

Ferries from Gozo to Malta

The Gozo Channel ferry is the main ferry between Gozo and Malta. 

Some small tourist ferries also operate on this route, often in combination with a stopover at Comino.

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Map with all ferry routes to Malta

The only route to Malta is the Pozzalo-Valletta ferry

Travel tip: Book early

On the busier days, ferry boats can quickly become fully booked. The earlier you book, the greater the chance that you will have a place on the desired crossing.

From Sicily to Malta

Malta ferry arriving

Most holidaymakers will go to Malta by plane, but for the adventurers and locals, there is the boat from Sicily to Malta! This ferry is also very nice if you want to combine – the somewhat smaller – Malta with another holiday destination. Because Sicily is not bad either, right!?

Virtu Ferries

Virtu Ferries is currently the only operator. Tickets are quite easy to book with the Ferry booking website Direct Ferries.

  • It is also possible to book this ferry to/from Catania. You will then be transported by bus on the route between Catania and the ferry port in Pozallo. If you book via Direct ferries, the bus tickets are included in the booking.
1 Virtu Ferries

Ferries between Malta and Gozo

Ferry to Malta and Gozo If you want to travel from Malta to Gozo, you can choose from fast passenger ferries departing from Valletta, or the car ferry departing from Cirkewwa. This place is located on the northwestern tip of the island.

Ferries to Comino

Ferries to Comino
If Malta is your holiday destination, then the ferry to Comino is a nice day trip.
Read all about it in our ferry to Comino Guide.

Malta Blogs

Frequently Asked Questions

If you travel by ferry from Sicily to Malta, the crossing takes 1 hour and 45 minutes. If you travel from Gozo to Valletta, it takes 45 minutes.

The starting price is approximately €69. If you travel with 2 people and a car, this quickly rises to around €324 if you book in the summer.

People regularly complain online about the high prices of the ferry between Malta and Sicily. This is thought to be due to limited competition on the route between Sicily and Malta. The complaints are somewhat justified because this ferry is relatively pricey compared to similar routes.

The ferry that leaves for Malta is a fast ferry that sails to Malta in just 1 hour and 45 minutes.

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1 Comment
  1. We are a party of 4 adults wishing to travel to Valetta from Palazzo on the morning of the 13th August 2024. We are currently booking accommodation in Taormina and Pallazo
    I am unable to gain access to the ferry timetable at this stage, however could you tell me if there is a ferry around 9.00am from Palazzo and the approx cost in $Aus.

    Cheryl Celea

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