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Flying to Malta

Numerous airlines fly to Malta (Luqa International Airport) from most major European cities, as well as smaller airports. The national airline, Air Malta, is kindly offering a discount to ESC2018 participants booking directly with the company. A discount voucher is available via the registration process. Terms and conditions are available here.


You may find a list of suggested hotels here. The prices quoted are only valid if a booking is made directly with the hotel. This list is by no means exhaustive, and a large number of hotels/hostels/apartments are available through online booking. We strongly suggest that you stay in the general area of Valletta, Floriana, Msida, Pieta, Ta' Xbiex, Gzira, Sliema, St.Julian’s, Paceville, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Isla (Senglea), Bormla (Cospicua) - the latter three are also known as 'Three Cities' and 'Cottonera'.

Note: Malta is very busy in the summer period. This year we are expecting a greater influx of tourists due to Valletta being European Capital of Culture (V18). Finding a place to stay might not be so easy, so we urge you to book accommodation as early as possible.

Assistance with finding accommodation

Ultramar Malta Ltd, a destination management company, is providing assistance with finding accommodation to participants. Contact Ultramar on or call on +356 21 319 944.

Travelling to the conference venue

There is only one public bus company operated by Malta Public Transport. Malta has no train or metro system. Information on how to reach the venue by is available here or visit the Malta Public Transport website or Relative information is included on these websites.

We also suggest that you download the mobile app "tallinja" for android and iphone, which is the most reliable source of real-time bus information.

Ferry service to Valletta
A regular and efficient ferry service crosses the harbour between Sliema and Valletta and between Cottonera (Three Cities) and Valletta. All information is provided on

A local inner-city bus [133] takes passengers around the Valletta peninsula coastline to the area near the conference centre.

Hiring a car
If you are interested in driving a car kindly note that in Malta all traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road as in the United Kingdom. Please note that parking in Valletta is difficult, limited only to a few parking lots on the streets. A large car park is available just outside the city (