A direct Dubai to Malta flights is only done by Emirates, but there is a technical stop at Larnaca in Cyprus. The stop takes 1hr 10min where the complete flight duration is 8 hours 10 minutes. Going back to Dubai via Emirates the flight path is the same but the total duration is around 7h 30min.
Important Note: This page summarizes how you can travel to the Maltese islands from Dubai. The information on this page is based on the time of research. Various variables will change such as different airlines, weather, time of the year and your budget. This page helps you do your preliminary study and planning.
In terms of cheap flight, if you wish to find the best deal, might at the end take you more time to get to your destination. So you have to see your budget and time available to do what is best for you.
There are several other airlines that operate flights from Dubai to Malta but there is always a connection to an international airports within Europe. In between connection you will have a stop duration which varies according to airline. You will need to check to see if you need to change terminal to catch your next flight to conclude your itinerary.
When we last checked the choice of airlines offering a flight to this destination were Swissair, Air France, Emirates, Lufthansa, Etihad Airways and Turkish Airlines. They all stop at different airports in Europe.
Since well connected to European countries and beyond, it is easy to conclude your flight path to our island. These are a few of the airports through which there is a connection flight. The airport depends on the airline you choose.
Upon exiting the arrival terminal but still within the premises, you can buy optional Tallinja cards from the office directly or you can buy the bus tickets directly from the bus. This card is similar to the London's Oyster card or Hong Kong's Octopus card.
It will be great if you wish to think beforehand to book a pre-arranged transfer that can pick you up from outside the arrivals terminal and take you to your accommodation without thinking about it at all and start your relaxing holiday on boarding your flight.
If you have substantial luggage which you have to carry on the bus, better take a taxi. In the same area you find a boot with fixed fairs to all the locations in Malta and Gozo. This might be a better option for you. You can also pre book your taxi not to worry about it while you are arriving.
Car rental is another way of going round our islands, but needs planning. In our opinion, it is not right to book a car as soon as you land as it might be overwhelming. Oncel it happened to us and next time we did it from the comfort of our hole having ample time to think of the various options for our destination.