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Cost of living 2018 in Malta

Hello everyone,

As per our annual tradition, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Malta.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Malta will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Malta?

How much does it cost to buy an apartment or a house in Malta?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor/dentist/physician/specialist in Malta?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Malta?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

Hello,

About transportation: there is no train, nor tram in Malta (due to the size of the island). Only public transport is the bus. Honestly I have never taken it but I've heard that single ticket is about 2 euro and it's valid for few hours, there is the monthly card option though which allows to save a good bunch of euros , especially to those whom use it frequently.
Taxi: there is plenty of  competition, many taci companies with cars with diffetent colours ( yellow, white, black);I personally  suggest to book online the black taxi ( google > ecabs malta )  in advance, they have fix prices and there are reliable. I DON'T  suggest to get on any white taxi you find around the island. Expensive and they drive like crazy. Traffic at certain time of the day is unbearable ( Malta has the highest density of cars per family in Europe) especially during summer or when it rains... parking is another hard challenging matter...

Fuel: unleaded gasoline at the moment is 1,31 euro per litre ( it is pretty stable, in fact it hasn't changed in the past 18 months). The price is fixed.

Electricity and water: this is a tricky one.

It depends on if your landlord registered it as residential or not residential. The difference is pretty relevant considering that if you are on residential tariff you averagely pay about half price per year compared to the "non residential"  one so ALWAYS ask your landlord the form H for residential tariff once you get the e-residence card and the number of people living in the property.
Mind that the houses in Malta are pretty humid so , despite the temperature in winter doesn't normally drop below 10 c° , due to the high humidity and bad isolation of the buildings, you will feel like It's 2 c°.. the summer it's super hot...ADVICE: most of the houses are equipped with AC... USE IT WISELY or your bill will kill you...
For cooking, the majority of the houses use gas tank which is pretty cheap ( 1 gas tank lasts 3 or 4 months and it costs about 15 euro)

Last but not least, renting.

This is a big one. In the last couple of years the price rocketed. It depends on the area where you want to live but , be assure that wherever it may be, it is now double price than few years ago. In Marsascala for instance, the same 2 bedrooms apartment which was 500 euro in 2015 for 1 year contract, It's close to 1100 euro now. It the high touristic areas like St.Julians,  sliema or St. Paul Bay... with 500/600 euro you can afford to rent a room... the market is not regulated and It's become crazy... 

Ok enough for now.

Keep well everyone
Cheers from Malta

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