Costs and Standard of LivingThe cost of living in Malta is extremely reasonable with groceries, textiles and toiletries competitively priced and freely available. Most retailers stock both local and international products, and there are branches and franchises of international retailers in the major shopping areas.
The currency in Malta is the Euro. Banks have seasonal opening hours but can always be found open between 8.30am and 12.30pm.
Services and businesses such as hair salons, cafes, hotels and restaurants are also extremely reasonable and of a high standard compared with many other countries. Property related services such as house builders and renovators, carpenters, housekeepers, cleaners and gardeners are especially noted for their craftsmanship and work ethic.
There is a fantastic range of bars, cafes and restaurants all over Malta and Gozo. Eating out is both excellent value for money and very much a part of the social scene here. The main areas for night life and eating out are Sliema, Paceville, Bugibba and Valletta.
The transport links in Malta are good. A new and modern bus service was launched in July 2011. Ferry links to Gozo and Sicily are efficient and frequent, car hire services are amongst the best value in Europe and taxis are easily available. The roads are in fairly good condition and well sign posted.