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

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

Recommended option

Bus, bus and ferry  •  8h

  1. Take the bus from Messina to Catania, Catania 582 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Catania to Valletta

90€ - 95€

Cheapest option

Bus, fly  •  3h 27m

  1. Take the bus from Messina - Piazza Repubblica to Catania Airport
  2. Fly from Catania (CTA) to Malta (MLA) CTA - MLA

25€ - 152€

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Train, bus and ferry  •  8h 15m

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

90€ - 110€

Train, car ferry  •  8h 30m

  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

124€ - 166€

Bus, bus and ferry via Villa San Giovanni  •  9h 16m

  1. Take the bus from Villa San Giovanni to Catania, Catania N597 / ...
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Catania to Valletta

96€ - 102€

Drive, car ferry  •  4h 22m

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

100€ - 113€

Questions & Answers

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The cheapest way to get from Messina to Malta is to bus and fly which costs 24€ - 160€ and takes 3h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from Messina to Malta is to bus and fly which costs 24€ - 160€ and takes 3h 27m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Messina to Malta. However, there are services departing from Messina and arriving at Birkirkara via Catania and Marsa. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8h.

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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 bus and ferry which takes 8h and costs 89€ - 95€.

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It takes approximately 8h to get from Messina to Malta, including transfers.

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Messina to Malta bus services, operated by FlixBus, 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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Map of how to get from Messina to Malta.
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  • Distance: 274.5 km
  • Duration: 8h

What companies run services between Messina, Italy and Malta?

There is no direct connection from Messina to Malta. However, you can take the bus to Catania, Catania, take the walk to Catania, take the bus and ferry to Valletta, take the walk to Marsa, then take the bus to Birkirkara. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Messina to Birkirkara via Catania Centrale, Catania, Valletta, and Marsa in around 8h 15m.

Airlines
Air Malta
Website
airmalta.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
35€ - 200€
Ryanair
Website
ryanair.com
Flights from Catania to Malta
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
19€ - 230€
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
2h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 14€
Website
Trenitalia
1st Class
12€ - 14€
Train from Messina Centrale to Siracusa
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
4 times a day
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 27m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
7€ - 25€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
Super Economy
7€ - 9€
Base 2nd Class
13€ - 17€
Base 1st Class
22€ - 25€
Train from Messina Centrale to Siracusa
Ave. Duration
2h 33m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
9€ - 35€
Website
Trenitalia Intercity
Super Economy
9€ - 12€
Base 2nd Class
20€ - 24€
Base 1st Class
31€ - 35€
Bus operators
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, Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 45m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 10€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
Bus from Villa San Giovanni to Catania, Catania
Ave. Duration
2h 5m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
8€ - 11€
Website
flixbus.co.uk
SAIS Autolinee
Phone
800 21 10 20
Email
saisautolineeweb@gmail.com
Website
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina Piazza Repubblica to Catania
Ave. Duration
1h 35m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
6€ - 10€
Schedules at
saisautolinee.it
Bus from Messina - Piazza Repubblica to Catania Airport
Ave. Duration
1h 15m
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
7€ - 9€
Schedules at
saistrasporti.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
4 times a week
Estimated price
82€
Website
Virtu Ferries Ltd
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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Air Malta and Ryanair offer flights from Catania Airport to Malta Airport.

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There are 2126+ hotels available in Malta. Prices start at 87€ per night.

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