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Malta - Is it expensive?

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Malta - Is it expensive?

Hi - I am thinking of going to Malta with my husband for the first time. I was wondering if it is expensive to eat and drink out away from the hotels or indeed are the hotels expensive to eat and drink at?

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1. Re: Malta - Is it expensive?

Well you may have read the thread about the strength of the Euro against the pound and I think that this year Malta will be a lot more expensive than the last few years.

It is still likely to be cheaper than the UK to eat and drink in most places.

It may well be better to book in sterling for any break you have then that way what you see is what you pay (should be!). It will also be a good idea to keep an eye on the exchange rates. I found it better to convert sterling to USD then buy Euros with the Dollar where it's not in such free-fall.

The long and short of it is that Malta with their move into the Euro and the exceptionally good changeover rate from Liri to Euro. This year will be a minimum of 16% (at current exchange rates) more expensive than last year.It will actually seem more like a 24% increase because of the way the market is.

You should remember that this isn't just Malta that will be effected. All EU countries will have a rise of at least the 16% over last year. Did you know that for about the equivalent of 20% over last year you can get good long haul holidays to the Caribbean especially coupled to the strength of the £ against the USD. The seasons are slightly more askew to the main holiday times of the UK but nothing that can't be sorted with a little forethought.

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2. Re: Malta - Is it expensive?

Like many places you`ll find restaurants in all price ranges. There are many reasonably priced ones. If you stay in a 5 * hotel, the coffees/drinks are usually quite expensive.

A cappucino costs just over 1 euro, wine and cigarettes are cheaper than UK. Transport is MUCH cheaper.

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3. Re: Malta - Is it expensive?

A pizza will set you back 6-8 euro, burger and fries 5-7 euro, fillet and fries 16-20 euro, a soft drink 1 to 1.5 euro, a small bottle os water 50 euro cent.

If you want to go out to eat you may want to eat as a buffet, there's some good chinese restaurants (15-25 euro), indian (25 euro), Maltese set menus (around 15 euro or more), continental hotel type buffets (15 euroish), a winebar with nibbles will set you back 15ish also...)

FOr lunch and dinner you need at least 40 euro a day, unless you plan to go to mc donalds and eat fish and chips in the evening, in which case 25 euro may suffice.

Newcastle
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4. Re: Malta - Is it expensive?

Depends on what you choose to eat. YOu can eat as cheaply or expensively as you want. On the whole prices are cheaper than in the UK but as scubapro stated those of us who have been going to Malta for a while will find it more expensive that previous years because the euro exchange rate is so poor at the moment

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5. Re: Malta - Is it expensive?

We went to one of the cafe`s on the Sliema Promenade and had two capuccino`s and shared a toasted baguette and the bill came to eur 11. A large salad was eur 6 . Fish and chips were eur 9.

If you are staying at a 5* I think it`s more expensive to have a coffee there the world over. It always pays to look out for a well patronised cafe.

Having said that, it all depends what you mean by expensive.

You can have a half chicken, chips and salad at a budget restaurant for about eur 8 . You can have the same dish for double the amount at a posher place. Some people are happy to pay for a linen table cloth and napkin and for the atmosphere while others consider it a waste of money.

All in all, if you choose wisely you`ll find a wide choice.

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