Living in Malta: The Ultimate Expat Guide

Living in Malta: The Ultimate Expat Guide

Why should you choose to live and work in Sliema, Malta, out of all the beautiful cities in Europe? The truth is, if you enjoy the idea of living on an island by the Mediterranean sea while also cherishing an aesthetically pleasing nightlife, this is definitely the place to be. Trust me when I tell you that when living in Malta, your main issue will be choosing between sunbathing all day long or taking your time by exploring this jaw-dropping city & its hidden gems.  

1. Working in Sliema, Malta

2. Getting Around

3. Housing in Malta

4. Living Like a Maltese

5. Fun Things to Do Around the City

6. Cost of Living in Sliema, Malta

Are you ready to embark on this adventure with us? Fasten your seatbelt and let us give you a special tour around your next destination! 


Working in Sliema, Malta


Finding and landing the perfect job is never an extremely easy task, no matter where you go. However, knowing a few things in advance will certainly set you off to a great start! 


What are these few things? 


Useful Job Board When Living in Sliema, Malta


Firstly, make sure you have done some research before throwing yourself out there with no preparation. It is essential to know job boards that can provide you with vacancies that match your languages and your profile, such as Europe Language Jobs. It is recommended that you create a free account, upload your CV, and apply for jobs before & during your stay in Malta. 


Sectors & Languages in-demand


Secondly, when applying for jobs, it is interesting to keep in mind the sectors and languages in-demand in Malta. According to WorldAtlas, the sectors sought-after are related to tourism, manufacturing, finance, and IT. Additionally, Working in Malta says that companies are hiring in the gaming industry and medical fields. On another hand, when referring to languages, the multinational organizations are mainly seeking for English, German, and Danish speakers. 


Note: If you don’t speak German or Danish, don’t worry. The main language is English; however, if you’re planning on learning a new language, German is highly recommended.  


In 2021, the most popular jobs in Sliema were in IT (sales & marketing areas), gaming (cloud specialists, developers, etc.), finance & legal (accounting, banking, etc.), pharmaceutical & medical, and tourism. 


Work Permit in Malta


If you don’t hold a European passport or work visa, here is all you need to know:


Visa types:


  • C Visa: Also known as a “short-stay” visa. It allows foreigners to stay in Malta for up to three months. 

  • D Visa: Also known as a “long-stay” visa. It allows foreigners to remain in Malta for more than three months. If you plan on living, studying, and working in Malta for a prolonged period of time, you will need it. 

  • Employment license: The D Visa isn’t enough if you wish to work in Malta, you’ll need an employment license as well. 


In case you need to get the the employment license, here is what Globalization Partners state the requirements you’ll need to meet are: 


  • Application form completed

  • CV’s copy

  • Visa’s copy (if already in Malta)

  • Employer’s cover letter

  • Passport photo

  • References and testimonials of the applicant’s qualifications

  • Medical certificate of health

  • A vacancy report demonstrating that the company searched for qualified Maltese nationals to fill the position


Steps to Take 


After understanding the paperwork you’ll need to gather in order to work in Malta, we highly suggest you contact your country’s embassy in Malta. Why? They are the most updated and reliable entity when it comes to visa processes. 


Once you’ve assembled and submitted all of your paperwork, your duty is done. The next steps will be taken by your employer, who will be responsible for requesting the employment license and who will have to turn in your documents to the Employment & Training Corporation in Malta, along with a paid fee.   


The final step is to wait until you’ve received the approval prior to starting to work. 


If you’re still feeling insecure about it all, make sure to read more about it and if any questions or concerns arise, contact experts. 


Work Culture


The work culture in Sliema, Malta will depend on the type of company you decide to work for. After all, we can’t generalize an entire place based on one company or two. By the same token, you will see significant differences between small/big companies & national/international organizations. 


Overall, Maltese employees work for an average of 8 to 9 hours a day, as in most European countries. Additionally, the following characteristics are highly valued and admired in the workforce: teamwork, reliability, effectiveness, and ethics. Maltese tend to be very organized and formal when talking about business, especially in their daily work attire. Of course, they tend to be more lenient as the temperature reaches 31 Celsius during the summer. 


It is also interesting to notice that you will find that not all people speak English, but of course, all of the international companies expect their candidates to understand it and use it.


Moral of the story: if you have these qualities and believe everything mentioned above is doable, you will find it easy to get along and be successful in Sliema, Malta. 


Getting Around


There are many ways to get around Sliema, Malta; public transport, bikes, taxis, planes, and much more. 


Public Transport


Public transport in Malta englobes fares and buses. According to Expat Quotes, they come from two main places, Malta and Gozo. The tricky part is that the tickets you buy for one place aren't valid in the other one. 


  • Fares & Tickets: According to Malta Public Transport, ticket costs vary depending on the season, time, and age, but also if you want a personalised card or not. Overall, if you’re a resident or a citizen, you’ll have more discounts, but the prices are relatively low when compared to other islands; €2.60 for non-residents and €1.50 for residents. If you are an expat working in Malta, you can apply for a Maltese ID card and benefit from these discounts as well.  


Fare tickets also cover other options, such as 7 days for adults/children or 12 single days. This said, make sure to purchase your tickets online in advance, as you’ll have more options to choose from than if you were to purchase at the moment. 


In terms of transport working hours, it is always important to check your route, as it differs based on the region and destination.


  • Private Cars & Taxis: There are many car rental places in Malta, they vary from €3 to €20 a day, depending on the type of car you wish to rent and where you decide to park it. On the other hand, taxis are very useful and relatively affordable. A ride to the airport would cost around €15. 


Malta Airports


Malta has three airports: Malta International Airport, Gozo Heliport, and Comino Heliport. The main airport is Malta International as it’s where all the flights come from. The easiest and cheapest way to get to and from the airport is by bus, taxi, or self drive (if you rented a car and have been driving in Malta). 


Housing in Malta


Finding a place to stay in Sliema, Malta is a fun adventure. If you don’t want to rent a place right off the bat, you can always stay at an airbnb as Malta deals are worth it. Nevertheless, if your budget is a bit higher, you can always stay in one of the most beautiful hotels out there; Café del Mar Malta.


If you’re relocating to Sliema for a job, or to study, it’s better to rent an apartment or house. Prices will ultimately depend on your budget. Nevertheless, keep in mind a few housing websites you could browse options:,, Frank Salt, and Quick Lets. (Keep in mind that most apartments are already furnished and allow both a short and long stay - all must be discussed prior to signing the contract as non-residents can’t sign long-term contracts) 


To give you a better idea in terms of prices, International Living has gathered this information for you: rent would cost around €650 & utilities (heating, electricity, water, and gas.) €85 per month. 


Living Like a Maltese


In the beginning, if you have never been to Malta, it will be normal to feel like an outsider for a few weeks -- until you get used to the way of life, food, and people. If this persists, we usually recommend joining expat groups on Facebook, such as Expats Malta, or even book/sports clubs, events, language classes, or courses.


Living like a Maltese means to live at peace and harmony with the earth. Citizens tend to be highly aware of the ecosystem, and therefore, strongly support a clean and aesthetically pleasing environment. You’ll notice that although owning a car might sound somewhat tempting, using bikes is considered the way to enjoy this nation’s beautiful views.  


To follow up on our introduction, in which we mentioned Malta’s exciting nightlife, it is important to mention that Sliema’s bars and clubs are often frequented by the younger generation as the elderly have a much more traditional and somewhat conservative point of view, according to iExpats


Malta’s national language is called Maltese. However, English is considered their main language as it is a hotspot for worldwide expats. 


Useful phrases in Maltese:


  • Bonġu!/ L-Ghodwa it-tajba!  = Good morning!

  • Il-ġurnata it-tajba!   = Good afternoon!

  • Il-lejl it-tajjeb!  = Good evening!

  • Insellimlek!   =  Goodbye!

  • Iva  = Yes

  • Le  = No

  • Forsi  = Maybe

  • Grazzi = Thank you

  • Jiena jisimni... = My name is…

  • Jekk joghġbok!  = You’re welcome! 

  • Jiddispjaċini  = Sorry


For extra Maltese sentences, check out Air Malta’s website!


Save the date 


In terms of special dates and holidays, here are some worth remembering:


  • Freedom Day: March 31st


Freedom Day is an important, if not the most important, holiday in Malta. It represents the island’s liberty from foreign forces (British forces)


  • Sette Giugno: June 7th


Sette Giugno is also a national holiday & a monument. It was created after a rough period of strikes and hunger in Malta - caused by the British army. Sette Giugno is considered the commencement of the Independence/Freedom day. 


  • Feast of Our Lady of Victories: September 8th


Feast of Our Lady of Victories represents, as the name states, Victory Day! The only difference is that it was a victory against the French and the end of World War II.  


  • Republic Day: December 13th


Republic Day is a memorable day, in which Maltese citizens use wreaths to honor the exit of the Queen of England as Head of State and the beginning of the Maltese people’s era.  


If interested in checking out all public holidays, the Maltese government provides this information on their website.


If you’re interested in Malta’s history, make sure to read more about it at Countries and Their Cultures Forum


Fun Things to Do Around the City


Fun is Malta’s second name! That 's right! You’ll never be bored on this island, especially if you enjoy eating.


Sliema’s Best Food Places 


Located by the Mediterranean sea, you can most definitely expect mouth-watering Mediterranean gastronomy. 



Pay a visit to TripAdvisor’s website for other tasty menu tips. 


Malta Islands & Places to Go


It is no secret that if you’re in Malta you must visit it’s islands and all the hidden gems this places reserve.


  • Malta Blue Lagoon: it will be hard to find waters as clear as the ones in the magical island. 

  • Gozo: if you’ve heard of Malta, you’ve most likely heard of Gozo. Trust me, you must visit it!

  • Blue Grotto: if you’re into diving, this is a place worth going to. The water is a bit cold, but the view and feeling inside the water is rewarding. 

  • Mellieha beach: enjoy crystal clear water in one of Malta’s prettiest beaches.

  • St. Paul's Bay: full of pretty towns, St. Paul’s Bay is often searched by tourists, as it englobes the best of both worlds; city & sea.


While in Malta, you will also want to visit it’s capital, Valletta! Valletta is considered one of the delightful and eye-pleasing capitals in Europe! Its structure and buildings by the Mediterranean sea will make you feel astonished. 


If you are sick of visiting water-related places, you can always check out:


  • Mdina. Mdina was one of Malta’s capitals in the medieval period. It is a fortified city on top of a mountainous area. 

  • Mosta. It is a cute little town worth visiting. The main spot here is the Rotunda de Mosta. If you enjoy seeing basilicas, this is the one to go.   

  • Mellieha. Mellieha is extremely famous for its Popeye Village. Enjoy one of the world’s prettiest views, a boat trip, and feel the sun on your skin.


Fun fact: Malta doesn’t allow people to smoke on the beach. Therefore, if you’re a smoker, make sure to keep yourself in check.


Malta’s Nightlife


Sliema, Malta is well-known worldwide among the young generation for its bright and vibey nightlife. The go-to spots across the island are:


  • Hole in The Wall 1922: it appears to be one of the most antique bars in Sliema, Malta. According to their website, the pub used to be a stable and was then transformed into a bar. Can you imagine being inside one of Malta’s oldest bars? Thrilling! 

  • Plough and Anchor: are you a fan of cocktails and beer? Then we’ve found you a match! Let us know your thoughts on this traditional pub in the comments below. 

  • Step Down Bar: if you enjoy watching a match while eating some delicious fast food and drinking cold beer, this place was made for you!

  • The Jack of All Trades: some say this pub is one of the most desired night gems out there. Why? You must visit it to find out!




As an island, Malta doesn’t have as many museums as other EU countries. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean they aren’t equally as intriguing as the other ones. 


If you’re the museum/gallery/theater hangout type of person, make sure to pay a visit to:





To all athletes out there, there are many options to keep you fit! Enjoy indoor and outdoor activities on this beautiful island. 


You’ll be sure to enjoy sports, such as football, horse riding/racing, Il Gostra (a typical Maltese sport), rock climbing, trekking, and regatta.  


Now, if you’re more of an aquatic sports fan, you’ll be able to practice scuba diving, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, and kayaking.


Shopping in Malta


Tired of being outside and ready to start a new life? Then what’s better than some shopping? Believe it or not, shopping is one of the Maltese native’s favourite things to do. 


If you’re a shopping freak, here are the places you must go to:


  • Point Shopping Mall: this mall is located in Sliema. It is one of the most popular ones for its size and exclusivity. It is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 to 19h30 & on Sundays from 11:00-18h00. Some brands include: Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein Jeans, Mango, Lacoste, Polo, and Tommy Jeans. 

  • Tower Road: although it is not a shopping center, it is where you’ll encounter a vast number of stores to shop from. Enjoy a long walk by the coast, while shopping in Malta.  

  • Bay Street Shopping Complex: where you could enjoy shopping Monday through Sunday from 10h00 to 22h00. It is seen more as an outlet than a shopping center, and their dining experience is very convenient. Some stores are: Adidas, Guess, Kiko Milano, Swatch, etc. 


Cost of Living in Sliema, Malta 


Food/Grocery Shopping

Malta is not as expensive as it may seem. Although it is an island and it can rapidly be assimilated to Hawaii in terms of cost of living, keep in mind its own nation. Nevertheless, you’ve found that the most expensive products are related to food. Why? Nutriments arrive by ships & boats. On the same token, the most popular grocery supermarkets are: Park Towers Supermarket, PAVI Supermarket, and Greens Supermarket


Below you’ll find a simulation price list of some basic products:



Taxes in Malta will differ on multiple factors; where you’re from, how much you own, your salary, your family size, etc. As this is a serious topic in every country, we advise you to seek experts when filing your taxes


Medical Care

According to International Living, Malta was named the “5th best country (among more than 100 countries) for overall healthcare services” by the World Health Organization. As most EU countries, it offers free healthcare to all its citizens and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) holders; EU citizens.


If you’re an expat and wish to get the Maltese Health Care, you will only need to show that you’re contributing to the country economically somehow; showing your social security number would be an option. Apart from free healthcare, Malta also offers private health services. A simple doctor’s visit is around €17, while a specialist could be €55. 



Are you ready to relocate to this beautiful island? We made sure to gather all the information you’ll need to succeed when first landing. Malta is waiting for you with open arms! And If you haven’t found your dream job yet, don’t let this stop you. You can find many vacancies available at Europe Language Jobs, just make sure to upload your CV, apply for positions, and stay positive. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this incredible place, and if you’re an expat already living in Sliema, let us know any extra, useful tips you may have for us in the comments below.

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