Is Malta Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Malta is generally safe for solo female travelers. It's a small nation with a low crime rate. Violent crime is rare and most areas are safe to walk in, even at night. However, as in any country, there can be instances of pickpocketing or similar in high-traffic tourist areas. To ensure your safety, always be aware of your surroundings, keep valuable items out of sight, and stay in populated areas especially if it's late at night. Overall, it's a friendly nation with hospitable people that many solo female travelers enjoy visiting.

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How safe is Malta?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Much like any urban area worldwide, safety can vary from one place to another in Malta. Overall, the island is generally safe, but it's always best for solo female travelers to avoid deserted areas and be mindful of their surroundings after dark. Crime rate is relatively low, but occasional petty theft or pickpocketing can happen, mainly in crowded areas. People are friendly and helpful, and most areas are well-lit and patrolled. However, always trust your gut feeling; if something doesn't seem right, it's best to stay away.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Malta is generally safe and reliable. Bus services cover all main areas of the island, making it convenient for everyday travel. The buses are clean and well-maintained. However, please bear in mind that it can get crowded at times, so always keep an eye on your belongings. It's better to avoid the bus during peak hours if you're carrying large luggage. Taxi services in Malta are also safe, though a little costlier, and services like Bolt and eCabs are available if you prefer a more private ride.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Malta is generally known to be a welcoming and safe country to visit. Street harassment incidents are not pronounced and usually less of a concern for solo female travelers. It's recommended, however, to be mindful and practice common safety measures, particularly during night hours or when in less-crowded areas.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Malta is generally a safe country with low levels of petty crime. That said, like anywhere else in the world, instances of pickpocketing or bag snatching can happen especially in the major tourist hotspots. It's always wise to keep your belongings secure and be aware of your surroundings, but there is not a significant likelihood of encountering issues in regards to petty crimes.
Tap water:

Tap water:Safe

In Malta, tap water is generally safe to drink as it undergoes strict testing by local authorities. However, because it's high in mineral content due to the island's rock formations, many locals and travelers prefer the taste of bottled water. It's always recommended to stay hydrated and if you have any concerns, opt for bottled or filtered water.

Is Malta safe to travel?

4.8 /5

Based on 68 experiences

Solo travel experience

I went to Malta on a solo trip from Italy. Malta is a very nice island to visit and stay a few days. It was very safe. I never felt in danger. The food was okay, the traditional food is not anything special. The Beaches and nightlife is worth it. But I would suggest going in summer months as it gets pretty windy in spring.

Posted: May 26, 2024Experienced: March, 2023
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I felt safe, except for one time in Sliema when I was walking down narrow, dark streets at night. The food is good, with a lot of pasta and pizza. Malta is very crowded, but the public transportation is good and you can get anywhere if you are patient.

Posted: May 19, 2024
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Solo travel experience

I travelled to Malta in 2020. At that time safety was a big topic due to Covid. I always felt safe and St.Julien is a city where a lot of students from all over the world get to know each other and learn English. That was my purpose too in the first place. But Malta really was impressive to me, especially M'dina! And all overall women can feel safe like in other western countries.

Posted: April 16, 2024Experienced: August, 2020
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Bethany

Bethany

Canada

Solo travel experience

Overall Malta was lovely! I was traveling budget friendly so I stayed at granny’s inn hostel and it was clean and safe. I would highly recommend visiting Mdina, it’s a small bus ride from the main city of Valletta but it’s so worth it. I took the buses and despite the language barrier I found it very simple to navigate. The roads are pretty rough though so prep for bumping around.

Posted: February 4, 2024
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Anna

Anna

Germany

Solo travel experience

Malta is truly very beautiful, and public transportation is very affordable. A bus ride costs 2€, and Ubers are also quite cheap. The food there was delicious and reasonably priced. I paid 18€ for a large portion of pasta and an Aperol. I felt very safe during the day, but it is recommended not to be alone in Malta at night.

Posted: January 30, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Malta was my first solo trip. It is very safe there, public transportation is quite good and there is a lot to see. I was there for 5 days and plan to return. Valetta is really charming, and Mdina and Rabat are places that you must see. It's very easy to get to Gozo and I used an open-top bus to tour the attractions. I am a very nervous person and I never felt uncomfortable there.

Posted: January 2, 2024
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Solo travel experience

Malta was my first solo trip and I really had a great time there. I used buses to explore and I felt very safe. Valletta is wonderful but crowded - I only went there for one day, visited the maritime museum and watched the cannon shooting. I stayed in a small, family-run hotel with a pool in St. Paul's Bay, which was ridiculously cheap, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. Everyone was talking on the buses. I noticed that I prefer to eat the main meal at lunch time, people seemed more willing to chat, and eating lunch alone does not seem strange.

Posted: December 28, 2023
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Solo travel experience

I embarked on a solo trip to Malta in June, staying in Sliema and travelling around by bus. The bus system is extensive, but it may not be reliable. There were times when a local told me that the bus no longer stops there, so make sure you have plenty of time if you want to travel by bus. I also recommend downloading the bus app, as it shows actual bus arrival times. I swam, dived, and hiked solo, never feeling unsafe. Malta is very beautiful, with plenty of stunning landscapes.

Posted: December 27, 2023
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Family travel experience

Malta is very safe and beautiful. My sister and I were there for a week. Excellent transport system. We stayed there in an Airbnb and went diving, horse riding and sightseeing wherever we wanted. We never felt unsafe.

Posted: December 27, 2023
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Rita

Rita (27)

France

Solo travel experience

Malta was really safe. Even as a woman, I had no problems or harassment. But always be careful with your belongings... It's not expensive, but in summer accommodation is more expensive and it's hard to find a good deal. As a solo traveler, it's better to have a single room, it's cheaper. I went to Campus Hub Malta (https://campushubmalta.com/). You can book your accommodation (the price depends on the period and type of room you book). If interrested you have to do that early (the process is not like booking or airbnb). And I had access to the swimming pool. For transportation, I used buses to go everywhere. There is differents options, I choose a 20 euro card for 7 days of unlimited travel. It was very useful. The only thing to know is that they often arrive late (in summer for sure). There is a bus from/to the airport. The ticket costs less than 3 euros and you can buy your week pass there. There is something very nice for solo travelers, the English Café. Almost every day there is an event where you can meet people. Highly recommended

Posted: December 6, 2023Experienced: August, 2022
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Is Malta safe for women?

Safety rating

3.9 /5

Based on 5 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.1 /5

Based on 5 experiences

Katy

Katy

Malta has always been a very safe place. Even car accidents hardly happen. The most common crime is a frawl that may happen between drunk men in the area of night clubs. Which doesn't happen much.

Posted: June 17, 2024
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It depends on the area and town, some are safer than others. Men catcall a lot here but it is rare someone will assault you. It is very safe during the day, less at night. I would not go out alone at night

Posted: June 3, 2024
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Is Malta safe right now?

Before your visit to Malta, it's essential to check travel advisories for Malta, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The United States Government advises exercising normal precautions in Malta. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Canadian government advises taking normal security precautions in Malta. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryTake normal security precautions

The Australian government advises exercising normal safety precautions in Malta. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: March 21, 2024

Is Malta worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 68 experiences

Group travel experience

Malta was a very nice place, but it was also very hot in the summer. There were many people partying, but there were also nice beaches. I really enjoyed jet-skiing. The Blue Lagoon was very crowded, but it was also extremely beautiful.

Posted: May 21, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 2/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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Alia

Alia

France

Group travel experience

I think that Malta is a good destination if you’re looking about nice view and some great activities. Visiting lagoon by boat, going to the beach etc. You can also eat at a good restaurant for a cheap price. They also speak English there so no problem communicating with locals.

Posted: April 26, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 3/5
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