Cost of Living in Malta in 2024: The Ultimate Guide

Nestled in the Mediterranean Sea, the Malta Islands offer a laid-back yet luxurious lifestyle. You can live, invest, or visit any of the country’s islands – Malta, Gozo, and Comino. You could even choose to retire here, indulging in authentic seafood and exploring historic sights.

But before you move to this country, you might want to have an estimate of your monthly expenses. By knowing these costs, you can plan your move and live comfortably on these islands.

In this article, we will explore the expenses that you are likely to incur if you move to Malta.

What Is the Cost of Living in Malta?

This country offers comparable prices to its neighbors even though it relies heavily on imports. On average, you will spend around $1,000 monthly if you are single. The cost of a family consisting of 4 members could be up to $3,000. This amount excludes housing, transport, and entertainment, which are highly subjective. Take a look at the table below for an individual expense breakdown for basic utilities:

Expenses Cost
Utilities $150
Groceries $500
Health Insurance $243.32
Car Insurance $133

Now that you know about the basic expenses of living in Malta, let us explore the major expenses of living on these islands.

Housing Cost

One of the biggest costs of life on the islands of this country is housing. Renting a condo or apartment in a popular residential area such as Sliema could cost over $2,000 a month. Meanwhile, less densely populated areas have a price range of $1,000 – $1,500.

Furthermore, if you plan on buying a home, the price range is $3,500 – $4,023.88 per m2 within cities such as the capital Valletta. Conversely, if you prefer an apartment in a quieter, more rural area, it will cost around $500 – $1,000 less. However, a luxury villa with 5 bedrooms or more can increase Malta life cost by over $5,000,000.

Here is a housing price comparison:


Housing Cost
Renting Apartment/Condo in Popular Area $2,000+
Average Rent for an Apartment $1,000 – $1,500
Buying Brand-New Apartment/Condo $199,000 – $300,000
Buying a City Apartment per m2 $3,500 – $4,023.88
Buying a Rural Apartment per m2 $3,139.67

When you buy a house or apartment, you should pay attention to its state. 'Shell' housing is the cheapest and only has the essential bare bones of the structure of the house. Meanwhile, 'finished' housing has some installations, such as lighting and kitchen appliances. However, it may require more construction work to be usable and reflect your personal aesthetic. Even if you purchase a previously owned home, it may still be a 'shell' or 'finished' house.

Therefore, if you wish to personalize your home, you should consider a 'finished' or 'shell' house. However, if you wish to move in immediately, a more expensive 'highly finished' house will come with all the necessary installations.

Utility Cost

On average, utility costs are around $80 – $150 per month. This number takes into account electricity, water, and garbage disposal costs. However, this amount increases if you include cell phone, internet, and cleaning services. Moreover, if you have a pool, sauna, or Jacuzzi, your utility costs will be higher.

Here's a breakdown of different utility costs:

Utilities Cost
Mobile Phone $10 – $26.89
Internet $26 – $33.01
Cleaning Services $280
Others $102.52

Cost of Food

Once you move to Malta, you will find that its prices are similar to those of its neighboring Mediterranean countries. Though they import nearly all the food, its price remains comparable to other nearby countries because it is ferried as opposed to flown in. Plus, Malta has a thriving fishing economy, and seafood is a major part of its culture. In a month, you will most likely spend around $500 on groceries.

Additionally, Malta offers a varied food culture in highly prized restaurants. Surprisingly, even Michelin restaurants such as Fifty Nine Republic in Valletta have moderate prices for menu items ranging from $5.41 – $41.09 or €5 – €38. A full-course meal for one person in this luxury restaurant, including finger food, a starter, a main course, a side, and a dessert, costs $75.70 – $98.41 or €70 – €91.

Transportation Cost

Depending on how you choose to travel, transportation could also be a major living expense in Malta. Since Malta does not produce any cars, you will have to either use public transport, rent a car, import a car, or buy a boat.

If you buy a private car, you will need to register it for around $72. Additionally, you will need to get insurance for it, which can cost around $1,600 per year. Plus, you should account for the price of gasoline.

Taxis cost around $38 an hour. However, you can rent a private chauffeur to drive you in luxury at only $378.50 or €350 for 8 hours.

This table demonstrates the different prices of transportation in this country:


Transportation Expense Cost
Car Registration $72
Annual Car Insurance $1,600
Importing a Car $1,150 – $2,195
Average Car Rental per day $6 – $285
Sailing Yacht $598,400 – $1,400,398
Motor Yacht $150,313 – $1,394,991
Jet Ski $12,750 – $29,187
Private Chauffeur for 8 hours $378.54 or € 350
Taxi per hour $37.86
Gasoline (1 liter) $1.45


To live in Malta, you will need insurance. If you already have a European Health Insurance Card, public health centers will accept it. Otherwise, you will need to purchase private insurance or use public insurance. You can access this country's public insurance if:

  • You are a Resident
  • You contribute to the Social Insurance Scheme
  • You contribute to Social Security

Depending on the healthcare you decide to purchase and your medical profile, your insurance may be a considerable cost of living in Malta. For two individuals, an insurance package may cost $2,487.27 – $3,352.40 or €2,300 – €3,100 per year.


When it comes to entertainment in this country, most of it is available for free. Whether you wish to walk down the beautiful beaches of Gozo or Malta, swim in the Mediterranean Sea, or go on hikes in rural areas, you can do it all at no cost. However, it will cost more if you wish to tour the three Islands or join one of the exclusive sports clubs.

Here are prices for you to gauge your entertainment costs:


Entertainment Type Cost
Fitness Club per month $62.25 – $160
Average Boat Sightseeing $269.30 or €249
Average Aerial Tour $519.14 or €480
Average Yacht Sailing $778.71 or €720
living in Malta


As we have discussed both the minor costs, such as utilities, and major costs, such as housing and entertainment, the cost of living in Malta depends on your lifestyle. Briefly, your basic expenses start at just over $1,000 a month. With this amount, you can comfortably purchase your health insurance, car insurance, utilities, and groceries. Then, you will need to add your housing costs, which usually range around $3,000 – $4,000 per m2. Moreover, restaurant outings, boat expeditions, and sports club memberships can significantly increase your monthly expenses.

Before moving to this country, it would be a wise decision to consult with top migration experts like Vancis Capital so that you can account for your budget depending on your specific lifestyle.

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