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

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Bus and ferry  •  7h 45m

  1. Take the bus and ferry from Messina to Catania
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Catania to Valletta

89€ - 92€

Cheapest option

Train, fly  •  5h 8m

  1. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Catania Centrale
  2. Fly from Catania (CTA) to Malta (MLA) CTA - MLA

35€ - 290€

4 alternative options

Bus, bus and ferry  •  8h

  1. Take the bus from Messina - Piazza Repubblica to Catania - Bus Station Messina / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Catania to Valletta

89€ - 93€

Train, bus and ferry  •  8h 22m

  1. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Catania Centrale Re / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Catania to Valletta

90€ - 97€

Train, car ferry  •  8h 57m

  1. Take the train from Messina Centrale to Siracusa Re / ...
  2. Take the train from Siracusa to Ispica Re
  3. Take the car ferry from Pozzallo to Valletta

127€ - 155€

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 32m

  1. Drive from Messina to Pozzallo
  2. Take the car ferry from Pozzallo to Valletta

97€ - 111€

Italy → Malta
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International entry into Malta from Italy

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Conditions of entry into Malta from Italy

  • Negative Covid-19 test issued at most 3 days before arrival or 14-day mandatory self-quarantine
  • Health screen upon arrival. Those showing symptoms will be tested. A positive test will result in mandatory quarantine
  • Entry is dependent on the visitor residing at least 14 days in a non high-risk area
  • Health declaration required
  • Passenger Locator Form (PLF) required
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

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Considerations leaving from Italy

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

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes, but conditions apply when entering Malta from Italy.

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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 2 metres
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Malta is 021324086.

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

The social distance requirement in Malta is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 021324086.

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

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Last updated: 9 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Messina to Malta is to bus and ferry which costs 88€ - 93€ and takes 7h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Messina to Malta is to drive and car ferry which costs 95€ - 120€ and takes 4h 32m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Messina to Malta. However, there are services departing from Messina and arriving at San Pawl il-Bahar via Catania and Marsa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 45m.

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The distance between Messina and Malta is 274 km.

The best way to get from Messina to Malta without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 7h 45m and costs 88€ - 93€.

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It takes approximately 7h 45m to get from Messina to Malta, including transfers.

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Messina to Malta bus services, operated by Autoservizi Salemi Srl, depart from Messina station.

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The quickest flight from Catania Airport to Malta Airport is the direct flight which takes 40 min.

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Messina to Malta bus services, operated by Virtu Ferries Ltd, arrive at Valletta station.

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Ryanair, Air Malta and Flydubai offer flights from Catania Airport to Malta Airport.

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Map of how to get from Messina to Malta.
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  • Distance: 274.5 km
  • Duration: 7h 45m

What companies run services between Messina, Italy and Malta?

You can take a vehicle from Messina to San Pawl il-Baħar via Catania, Valletta, and Marsa in around 7h 45m.

Airlines
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
40€ - 250€
Flydubai
Website
flydubai.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
1h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
80€ - 800€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
50 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
24€ - 180€
Train operators
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 Messina Centrale to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 57m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
12€ - 14€
Train from Messina Centrale to Siracusa
Ave. Duration
2h 50m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
12€ - 24€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
22€ - 24€
Train from Siracusa to Ispica
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
4€ - 9€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
7€ - 9€
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 Messina Centrale to Catania Centrale
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
7€ - 10€
Train from Messina Centrale to Siracusa
Ave. Duration
2h 28m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
12€ - 17€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
2nd Class
12€ - 17€
Bus operators
Autoservizi Salemi Srl
Phone
(+39) 0923 98.11.20
Website
autoservizisalemi.it
Bus and ferry from Messina to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
5€ - 9€
Schedules at
autoservizisalemi.it
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Phone
(+356) 22069999
Email
res@virtuferries.com
Website
virtuferries.com
Bus and ferry from Catania to Valletta
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
82€
Website
Virtu Ferries Ltd
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina - Piazza Repubblica to Catania - Bus Station
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 9€
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
SAIS trasporti S.p.A. - Autolinee Giamporcaro
Phone
091 617 1141
Website
saistrasporti.it
Bus from Messina - Piazza della Repubblica to Catania, Via D'Amico
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
6€ - 10€
Schedules at
saistrasporti.it
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 Messina to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
Frequency
3 times a week
Estimated price
7€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Ferry operators
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Phone
(+356) 22069999
Email
res@virtuferries.com
Website
virtuferries.com
Car ferry from Pozzallo to Valletta
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
70€
Website
Virtu Ferries Ltd
Low season
70€
High season
127€

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