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There are 6 ways to get from Malta to Rome by plane, train, bus and ferry or bus

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Fly to Rome

  1. Fly from Malta (MLA) to Rome (FCO)

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Fly to Rome Ciampino

  1. Fly from Malta (MLA) to Rome Ciampino (CIA)

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Fly to Naples, train

  1. Fly from Malta (MLA) to Naples (NAP)
  2. Take the train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini

Bus and ferry, train

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Valletta to Catania
  2. Take the train from Catania Centrale to Roma Termini

Bus and ferry, bus

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Valletta to Catania
  2. Take the bus from Catania to Rome Tiburtina Bus station

Bus and ferry, train via Messina

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Valletta to Catania
  2. Take the train from Catania Centrale to Messina Centrale
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Roma Tiburtina

Malta (MLA) to Rome (FCO) flights

The flight time between Malta (MLA) and Rome (FCO) is around 2h and covers a distance of around 689 km. This includes an average layover time of around 19 min. The fastest flight normally takes 1h 30m. Services are operated by Air Malta, Ryanair and Alitalia. Typically 26 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average flight journey times

Time on flight:
1h 41m
Layover time:
19 min
Total time:
2h

Flight route information

Fastest flight journey time:
1h 30m
Flight distance:
689 km
Flights per week:
26
Cheapest price:
€29
Carbon emissions:
139 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
07:30
Last flight departs at:
19:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Malta (MLA) to Rome (FCO) flight schedules

Malta → Italy
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International entry into Italy from Malta

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Malta
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Allowed for: All visitors

Restricted for: Bangladesh, Brazil, India and Sri Lanka

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Conditions of entry into Italy from Malta

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from Malta
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  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 2 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom
  • 10-day mandatory self-quarantine and COVID-19 test at the end of the isolation period
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Martinique, Mayotte, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Réunion, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Vatican
  • COVID-19 testing required within 72 hours from entering the country
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Réunion and United Kingdom unless other countries have been visited within the past 14 days prior to arrival
  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 5 day mandatory self-quarantine
This applies to arrivals from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brunei, Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kosovo, Lebanon, Macau, Moldova, Montenegro, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates and United States
  • Travellers issued with the EU Digital COVID Certificate are exempt from quarantine and COVID-19 testing
This applies to arrivals from EU Schengen Area (EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), Andorra and Monaco
  • Travellers with the Digital Green Certificate are exempt from the quarantine. Digital Green Certificate is proof that a person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result, or recovered from COVID-19
This applies to arrivals who have visited Canada, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Israel, Japan, Jersey, United Kingdom and United States in the last 14 days
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This doesn't apply to arrivals from: San Marino and Vatican

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Rules to follow in Italy

1.5m

Mandatory

Mandatory

Considerations leaving from Malta

The official advice is to avoid non-essential international travel to high risk countries

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Italy from Malta.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are mandatory
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1.5 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules
  • Nationwide control measures in place
  • Inter-regional travel is permitted
  • Health pass is required for long-distance travel by plane, train or coach, as well as in some public venues

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Rome is 1500.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Rome is mandatory.

The social distance requirement in Rome is 1.5 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1500.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Malta from Italy.

See options for return travel.

Last updated: 15 Sep 2021
Exceptions may apply, for full details: European Union.

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This information is compiled from official sources. To the best of our knowledge, it is correct as of the last update.
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Malta to Rome is to fly which costs €24 - €170 and takes 4h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Malta to Rome is to fly which costs €24 - €170 and takes 4h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Malta to Rome station. However, there are services departing from San Pawl il-Bahar and arriving at Rome Tiburtina Bus station via Valletta and Catania. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18h 38m.

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It is approximately 689 km to get from Malta to Rome.

The best way to get from Malta to Rome without a car is to bus and ferry and train which takes 17h 13m and costs €120 - €150.

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It takes approximately 4h 46m to get from Malta to Rome, including transfers.

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Malta to Rome bus services, operated by Virtu Ferries Ltd, depart from Valletta station.

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The quickest flight from Malta Airport to Rome Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 30m.

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Malta to Rome bus services, operated by FlixBus, arrive at Rome Tiburtina Bus station.

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Air Malta, Ryanair and Alitalia offer flights from Malta Airport to Rome Airport.

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Map of how to get from Malta to Rome.
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  • Distance: 689.4 km
  • Duration: 4h 46m

What companies run services between Malta and Rome, Italy?

Air Malta, Ryanair and Alitalia fly from Qormi to Rome 4 times a day.

Airlines
Alitalia
Website
alitalia.com
Flights from Malta to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €240
Flights from Malta to Rome via Palermo
Ave. Duration
3h 10m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€55 - €210
Flights from Malta to Naples via Rome
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
€85 - €260
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Malta to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
€29 - €190
Flights from Malta to Rome via Catania
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
€29 - €190
Flights from Malta to Rome Ciampino
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
€21 - €280
Flights from Malta to Rome Ciampino via Cagliari
Ave. Duration
3h 40m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€21 - €280
Flights from Malta to Naples
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
€28 - €220
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Malta to Rome
Ave. Duration
1h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
€50 - €240
easyJet
Website
easyjet.com
Flights from Malta to Naples
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
When
Sunday
Estimated price
€50 - €190
Train operators
Trenitalia Frecce

Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecce trains run on specialised tracks and have a greater level of service and comfort than InterCity and regional trains. There are three types of Frecce trains: Frecciarossa, (the fastest; connects major Italian cities); Frecciargento (mostly connect Rome to other Italian cities); and Frecciabianca (the slowest Frecce trains). Frecciarossa trains offer four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Standard, Premium, Business and Executive. All Frecce tickets include a seat reservation and must be purchased before boarding the train.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€19 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Frecce
Super Economy
€19 - €26
Base Standard
€35 - €50
Base Premium
€45 - €65
ItaloTreno

Private train company Italotreno operates high-speed trains in Italy on the same tracks as Trenitalia. The routes service 21 stations across the country, including popular routes Milan-Florence, Rome-Venice and Bologna-Naples. Choose from four classes of service, all with free Wi-Fi: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Italo also operates Italobus – an integrated train-bus service that takes passengers from the main train stations to other Italian cities.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 060708
Website
italotreno.it
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
1h 18m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€17 - €50
Website
Italo Treno
Smart Economy
€19 - €28
Smart Low Cost
€17 - €25
Smart Flex
€35 - €50
Trenitalia Intercity

Trenitalia’s Intercity (IC) trains are slower than the high-speed Frecce trains but are still a good way to travel between major cities and towns, with routes including Rome to Naples, Venice to Bologna and Milan to Genoa. Tickets usually open for booking 90 days ahead of travel, and you’ll need make a seat reservation before boarding. All IC trains have 1st and 2nd class carriages as well as a bar buffet car, air conditioning and power sockets. InterCity trains that run at night are called InterCity Notte (ICN).

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 3m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
€14 - €21
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€14 - €21
Train from Catania Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
10h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€40 - €65
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€40 - €65
Train from Catania Centrale to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€7 - €10
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
€7 - €10
Trenitalia

The primary train operator in Italy, Trenitalia was created in the year 2000. Trenitalia offers national rail connections in Italy as well as international connections to Austria, France, Germany and Switzerland. The company operates regional and long-distance trains, as well as high-speed trains called Frecce that travel on specialised tracks on speeds of up to 360km/h. Trenitalia tickets are available online, in stations across the country or from many travel agents that offer bookings.

Contact Details
Phone
+39 06 68475475
Website
trenitalia.com
Train from Napoli Centrale to Roma Termini
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
€15 - €30
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€27 - €30
Train from Catania Centrale to Messina Centrale
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
€6 - €14
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
€12 - €14
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on Trenitalia?
Yes - Wi-Fi is available on both Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services, and may be accessed free of charge. Services require either a mobile phone number or credit card for verification purposes and allow access for 24 hours.
Are there power outlets on Trenitalia?
Yes - Frecce services include a power socket for each seat.
Does Trenitalia offer meals or snacks?
Yes - Frecciarossa and Frecciargento services often offer bar and restaurant options, though this depends on the individual route and train type. Business, Premium and First Class tickets include a complimentary drink and snack. Some services may offer restaurant, FRECCIABistro or pre-booked, in-seat meal options. Please check your service as options vary.
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Bus operators
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Phone
(+356) 22069999
Email
res@virtuferries.com
Website
virtuferries.com
Bus and ferry from Valletta to Catania
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
€82
Website
Virtu Ferries Ltd
FlixBus

One of Europe’s leading bus companies, Flixbus serves 2000+ destinations in 29 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Croatia and into Scandinavia and eastern Europe, as well as some US cities. Coaches have toilets, free WiFi and power outlets, plus snacks and drinks for purchase on board. Flixbus is a good choice for the budget-conscious traveller; purchase tickets in advance for the cheapest fares (note: there is no option to reserve a seat in advance).

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Contact Details
Phone
+49 1807 123 99 123
Email
info@flixbus.de
Website
flixbus.de
Bus from Catania to Rome Tiburtina Bus station
Ave. Duration
11h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
€35 - €50
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Frequently asked questions
Is there Wi-Fi on FlixBus?
Yes - FlixBus offers free Wi-Fi
Are there power outlets on FlixBus?
Yes
Does FlixBus offer meals or snacks?
Yes - snacks and drinks may be purchased from the driver. Please note, this is not available on all services.
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Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Messina Piazza della Repubblica to Roma Tiburtina
Ave. Duration
9h 5m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
€30 - €50
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it

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