Getting from the airport -- Malta, Bangkok & Istanbul
Arriving groggy in a far-away place with no knowledge of the local transportation links can be daunting. Do you get a train, bus, rickshaw or a taxi? It's always hard to know which represents the best value and won't add significant travel time to your journey. With that in mind, below are some tips when travelling to some of our favourite destinations.
Malta International Airport
- Taxi -- These are available outside the terminal and run 24/7. As prices are fixed, rest assured you won't be ripped off. A taxi into the capital, Valletta, costs 15€.
- Shuttle transfers -- Shuttle transfers are a hassle-free, and surprisingly cheap, way of getting from the airport straight to your hotel. We recommend pre-booking a transfer at the Malta Transfer website, starting at €5 one way.
- Bus – There are six airport express buses, X1, X2, X3, X4, X5 and X7, and the bus stop can be found just outside the terminal building. You can see more information online on which parts of the island the service covers.
The best way to get from the airport is to get a metered taxi. Ignore the touts and follow the "public taxi" signs at the airport after going through customs. You'll get to a desk outside the airport building, where you'll need to give the address of your hotel and they will then write it in Thai on a bit of paper and give it to a driver (the drivers are normally queuing, waiting at the desk). There's an automatic charge of 35 bahts, plus a 50-bahts airport service charge. On top of that, you'll need to pay the fare (200-300 bahts) and the highway tolls (70 baht).
Istanbul Ataturk Airport
- Taxi -- Avoid the hustlers inside the terminal building and head for the official taxi rank just outside. A taxi to Sultanahmet should be about 40 Turkish lira and a taxi to Taksim should be about 50. Lastly, make sure the taxi driver uses the metre.
- Shuttle transfers -- Havataş is municipally owned and runs regular shuttles from the airport to Taksim Square. Click here for the timetable (website is in Turkish).
- Metro -- Hop on the Metro in the direction of Zeytinburnu then change to the Bağcılar-Kabataş tramway in the direction of Kabataş. The tram will take you into Sultanahmet so just make sure to get off at your hotel's stop.