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3 Best Prepaid SIM Cards & eSIMs in Malta: Buying Guide

Malta – known for its weather, landscapes & culture.

The country is also popular with filmmakers due to its stunning landscape, which is perfect for many types of movies.

What makes Malta even more remarkable is that it is the smallest country in the European Union.

Luxembourg, the second-smallest nation in the bloc, is eight times larger than Malta, and many refer to it as tiny.

So, what to do in Malta? There are plenty of cathedrals to explore, like the St. John's Co-Cathedral.

Of course, you can enjoy one of the many beaches with Roman ruins, like Ramla Beach.

And if you are visiting Malta for your Instagram feed, be sure to take photos around the Azure Window, Blue Grotto & the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

As you can see, there is no reason to be bored.

And if you somehow get bored in Malta, make sure to swim to Italy (actually – do not try – you will not survive).

What you may also not survive is dealing with an expensive international roaming bill because you forgot to turn off data roaming.

But there is a way to avoid such bills… by staying home! No, by using local SIM cards, like a Maltese one, so that you can enjoy local rates.

Fortunately, Maltese SIM cards are reasonably priced and are available to anyone visiting the country.

You can get a Maltese SIM card for 10 EUR (11.10 USD) from Epic (formerly Vodafone), GO & Melita in their stores. SIM cards are also sold at Malta International Airport (MLA – Epic only).

Special note for those from Ukraine: be sure to ask about special benefits for Ukrainians. Many mobile operators around Europe have waived fees for you or introduced exclusive plans, including free calls back to Ukraine. Слава Україні! 🇺🇦

Paying 10 EUR for a SIM card is quite normal in Western Europe. Luckily, mobile data rates are low in Malta too.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Malta. Let's go.

Buying a SIM Card in Malta Guide (logos of Epic, GO Mobile Malta & Melita)

Original publication: 23rd of May 2020. Last updated: 29th of June 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Malta?

Anyone living in or visiting Malta can buy a Maltese SIM card from Epic (formerly Vodafone), GO & Melita with no restrictions.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

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Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Malta).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Malta?

You can get a Maltese SIM card in Epic (formerly Vodafone), GO & Melita stores. They are also sold at Malta International Airport (MLA – Epic only).

You can expect to pay the following for Maltese SIM cards:

  • Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone Malta): 10 EUR
  • GO Malta: 10 EUR
  • Melita: 10 EUR

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Can You Use Your Phone in Malta?

Malta uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Malta. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Malta, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Malta.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Malta or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Malta (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Malta

Malta has three mobile operators offering prepaid services:

  • Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)
  • GO Malta
  • Melita

The following frequencies are used in Malta:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Malta, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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A Note about Top-Up Excise Tax in Malta

An excise tax of 4% will be charged on each top-up in Malta.

As a result, the effective credit you get upon recharging will be as follows:

Top-UpCredit After Tax
5 EUR4.81 EUR
10 EUR9.62 EUR
20 EUR19.23 EUR
50 EUR48.08 EUR

VoLTE & VoWiFi in Malta

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are not offered by the mobile operators in Malta (yet).

This means that when you make a call, your phone will downgrade to 3G (or 2G when 3G is not available) instead of staying connected to 4G/LTE.

This is also why you often cannot use mobile data while calling if not connected to WiFi.

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

5G NR in Malta

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Malta since May 2021. It is available on the Epic (formerly Vodafone), GO & Melita networks. All mobile operators allow prepaid customers to use 5G NR.

Best SIM Card in Malta

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Malta, I recommend going with Epic or GO. Epic has the best overall network. GO is the fastest mobile operator in the country.

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Best eSIM in Malta

GO Malta is, currently, the only mobile operator with eSIMs.

However, it is unclear if they are available to prepaid customers too.

I will ask the mobile operators about this March (2022) when I revisit Malta 🇲🇹😎.

As promised, I would ask the mobile operators if they offer eSIM to prepaid customers – they do not 😔.

Note that the Maltese mobile operators require your identification (ID for EU/EEA travelers and passport for anyone else) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Malta without personal detail capturing, you can get the Malta (Maltafone) eSIMs from Airalo.

Malta Maltafone SIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these four options:

  1. Malta/Maltafone 1 GB eSIM for 7 days
  2. Malta/Maltafone 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  3. Malta/Maltafone 5 GB eSIM for 30 days
  4. Malta/Maltafone 10 GB eSIM for 30 days

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

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Or you can get Malta eSIMs from Nomad.

Malta eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

Nomad Travel eSIM Reviews by Phone Travel Wiz

Finally, you can get Malta eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage:

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

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With these eSIMs, you can skip Malta's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Malta!

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If you plan on visiting other neighboring European nations, consider the Eurolink eSIM (six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days) in Malta and these other countries:

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo
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Holafly and Nomad also have eSIMs covering all of the European Union (and more).

But honestly, the Eurolink eSIM is superior (but you can consider the Holafly Europe eSIM if you want unlimited data in 30+ countries – just do not forget about code PHONETRAVELWIZ if you go with Holafly).

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Malta and eSIMs worldwide).

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Malta

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Malta, I recommend going with SimCorner's Europe SIM cards that covers Europe (mainly the European Union) and parts Asia, Central America & South America – all in one SIM card.

Malta Travel SIM Card SimCorner
© SimCorner
SimCorner UK and Europe Travel SIM Card (100 GB for 30 days)
© SimCorner

You have these four options:

  1. Europe Travel SIM card with 7 GB for 30 days (includes calls)
  2. Europe & UK Travel SIM card with 12 GB for 30 days (includes calls, SMS & data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
  3. UK and Europe Travel SIM card with 100 GB for 30 days (includes calls and SMS)
  4. Europe Data SIM card with 12 GB for 60 days (includes data use in Asia, Central America & South America)
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The SimCorner Europe SIM cards can be used in Malta and the following other countries:

SimCorner's Europe & UK Travel SIM card (12 GB for 30 days) & Europe Data SIM card (12 GB for 60 days) can also be used in the following Asian, Central American & South American countries:

SimCorner Europe & UK Travel SIM Card (12 GB for 30 days)
© SimCorner
SimCorner Europe Data SIM card (12 GB for 60 days)
© SimCorner

If this selection of countries is still not enough, get SimCorner's International SIM card with 6 GB of data for 15 days to be used in Africa, the Americas (all), Asia, Europe (also outside of the European Union), the Middle East & Oceania (100+ countries).

SimCorner International SIM Card Banner
© SimCorner

Instead of spending between 0.67 USD to 105.17 USD for SIM cards in each country in the European Union, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

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SIM Card Registration in Malta

SIM card registration with your passport information is required in Malta. It will be done at the point of purchase.

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EU Roaming in Malta

European Union (EU) & European Economic Area (EEA)

Malta is part of the European Union (EU).

Since June 2017, those with EU/EEA (European Economic Area) SIM cards can roam for free in other EU/EEA nations, including Malta.

This means that, in the majority of cases, you do not need to purchase a Maltese SIM card if you already have an EU/EEA SIM card because you can roam without additional costs.

However, conditions do apply. Mobile operators in some countries may impose a roaming Fair Use Policy (FUP).

In countries where local mobile data rates are extremely low (such as in the Baltics and the Nordics), mobile operators may still charge you for roaming in the EU/EEA.

Be sure to head over to the international roaming page to learn whether your mobile operator offers free roaming while in Malta or if restrictions apply.

Roaming in the EU with Maltese SIM Cards

Malta and the Maltese mobile operators have fully adopted the roam like at home regulations principles early on.

Unlike most EU/EEA mobile operators that impose EU/EEA roaming caps, none of the Maltese mobile operators have such caps.

However, the standard Fair Use Policy applies where you should not be roaming over 50% of the time over a four-month period.

If you do so, EU roaming rates will apply.

You are then better off buying local prepaid SIM cards in other EU nations.

Malta Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Malta

Mobile data rates are quite low in Europe, which can be said about Malta as well.

While it is the 108th cheapest country for 1 GB of data, which may sound like mobile data is expensive in Malta, it actually is not.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Malta is 2.01 USD, about the European average of 2.50 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Compared to 2019's figures, the average cost of 1 GB of data has gone down by 84.7% – quite remarkable!

Cable.co.uk split Europe into three territories: Western Europe, Eastern Europe & the Baltics.

The Western European average cost of 1 GB of data, using Cable.co.uk's definition, is 2.66 USD, which is just slightly more than the overall European average.

So, what about mobile data speeds? Are they fast in Malta?

Malta's median mobile download speed is around 49 Mbps.

While there are some European countries with faster median mobile download speeds, Malta is doing remarkably well for an islands nation.

And 5G NR has just begun to roll out in December 2021, so you can expect even faster speeds in 2022.

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Malta.

That would be GO Malta, with a median download speed of 58.01 Mbps. Followed by Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone Malta – 54.57 Mbps) and Melita (30.62 Mbps).

I can tell you the best place to be for experiencing fast mobile download speeds is Sliema and Valletta.

With reasonable SIM card prices, extensive nationwide coverage, fast mobile download speeds, and low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Malta.

Currency in Malta

Malta uses the Euro with the symbol EUR (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just . For example, 25 EUR = €25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between EUR and USD (US Dollars):

  • 1 EUR = 1.15 USD
  • 10 EUR = 10.75 USD
  • 100 EUR = 107.50 USD

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Maltese Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone Malta), GO Malta & Melita, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices & availability
  • Recharge / top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans & special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Malta has to offer to us.


Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

Epic Logo
© Epic

Epic Malta, just Epic and formerly Vodafone Malta, is the largest mobile operator in Malta.

Epic, then still called Vodafone, was the first mobile operator to introduce 4.5G (LTE-A), achieving superior download speeds compared to its competitors.

Nowadays, it claims to be the cheapest mobile operator for prepaid, although the comparison figures are from March 2021.

Epic Malta Price Comparison with GO and Melita

Epic, by Monaco Telecom, is also active in Cyprus.

Epic uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Epic:

* Coverage
* How to Get an Epic SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

Epic has the best coverage in Malta.

4G/LTE is available basically everywhere.

Below is Epic's 3G coverage map:

Then we have the 4G/LTE (+) coverage map of Epic:

Finally, the Epic 5G NR coverage map:

Here we have a coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

You can get an Epic SIM card for 10 EUR with 5 GB of data, 200 local/EU minutes & 200 local/EU SMS – all for 28 days in Epic stores. Epic SIM cards are also sold at Malta International Airport (MLA).

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Epic has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Malta (Maltafone) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Malta Maltafone SIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Malta eSIMs from Nomad.

Malta eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Malta eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Malta and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

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Note that Epic does not offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) nor VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Epic SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 365 days (no top-up for 365 days or no activity for 365 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

Epic top-up vouchers are sold in Epic stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Malta.

Epic Malta Top Up Cards
© Epic Malta

To top up your Epic SIM card, redeem the VoucherCode online or on the epic Malta app (Android/iOS).

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Send a blank SMS (or whatever, like a dot, if your phone does not allow you to send a blank SMS) to 16200 to check your Epic balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the epic Malta app.

Epic Malta App
© Epic Malta

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

Epic has two data-featured plans: Value Packs (combo) & Youth Packs (combo for those up to 25 years old).

Value Packs – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

The Value Packs are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

The following Value Packs are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 16200.

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
4.99 EURTalk Pack100 MB100 minutes100 SMS28 daysTALKSTOP TALK
5.99 EURData Pack4 GBN/AN/A28 daysDATASTOP DATA
9.99 EURValue Pack8 EUR200 minutes200 SMS28 daysVALUESTOP VALUE

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Malta (NOT from Malta to other EU/EEA member states)

Value Packs auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text the Deactivation Code to 16200.

Epic Malta Value Packs
Youth Plans – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

The Youth Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for youngsters up to 25 years old.

Unfortunately, these plans are not available to the elderly 🤪.

You can apply for Youth Plans in Epic stores (recommended) or online if you have a Facebook account (to confirm your age:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU MinutesLocal/EU SMSValidity
8.99 EUR/10 EUR 1Youth Basic5 GB400 minutesUnlimited28 days
12.99 EUR/15 EUR 1Youth Standard20 GB400 minutesUnlimited28 days

1 if auto-renewal is disabled, you have to top-up 10 EUR or 15 EUR to activate the respective plans. If auto-renewal is enabled, you will be charged 8.99 EUR or 12.99 EUR for the Youth Basic and Youth Standard plans instead

Epic Malta Youth Plans
EU Roaming – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

You can use your Epic allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Epic does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Epic Malta (formerly Vodafone)

  • Name: epic
  • APN: connect

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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GO Malta

Go Malta Logo
© GO Malta

GO Malta, just GO and sometimes referred to as GO Mobile, is the second-largest mobile operator in Malta.

It used to be a state-owned company, as Maltacom, back in the day.

GO uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: 900 MHz & 1800 MHz
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about GO:

* Coverage
* How to Get a GO SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – GO Malta

GO has extensive coverage throughout Malta.

4G/LTE is available basically everywhere.

Below is GO's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – GO Malta

You can get a GOSIM card for 10 EUR with the Smart L Plan (4 GB of data, unlimited music streaming for select apps, 200 local/international (EU) & 200 local/international (EU) SMS – all for 28 days) or 10 EUR credit in GO stores. GO SIM cards are not sold at Malta International Airport (MLA).

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While GO does have eSIMs, they are (currently) not offered to prepaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Malta (Maltafone) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Malta Maltafone SIM Airalo
© Airalo

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Or get the Malta eSIMs from Nomad.

Malta eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Malta eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Malta and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

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Note that GO does not offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) nor VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

GO SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 365 days (no top-up for 365 days or no activity for 365 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – GO Malta

GO top-up vouchers are sold in GO stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Malta.

To top up your GO SIM card, redeem the VoucherCode online or on the GO app (Android/iOS).

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Send a blank SMS (or whatever, like a dot, if your phone does not allow you to send a blank SMS) to 16415 or call 1232 to check your Go balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the GO app.

GO Malta App
© GO Malta

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – GO Malta

GO has three data-featured plans:

All GO plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 16410.

All GO plans include the Music Wildcard, giving you unlimited streaming data for Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer & Apple Music.

Go Malta Wildcard Apps

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Smart Mobile Plans – GO Malta

The Small Mobile Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Smart Mobile Plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 16410:

PricePlanDataLocal/International (EU) MinutesLocal/International (EU) SMSValidityActivation CodeDeactivation Code
4.99 EURSmart S250 MB100 minutes100 SMS28 daysSSTOP 500MB
9.99 EURSmart M8 GB200 minutes200 SMS28 daysMSTOP 1GB
15.99 EURSmart L10 GB300 minutes300 SMS28 daysLSTOP 6GB
34.99 EURSmart XL12 GBUnlimitedUnlimited28 daysXLSTOP 10GB

Your call and SMS allowance can be used for local use, EU/EEA roaming use, and international use from Malta to EU/EEA countries.

All Smart Mobile Plans include the Music Wildcard, giving you unlimited streaming data for Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer & Apple Music.

Go Malta Smart Plans
Play Plans – GO Malta

The Play Plans are combo plans with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for youngsters up to 29 years old.

Unfortunately, these plans are not available to the elderly 🤪.

The following Play Plans are available, which initially have to be activated in a GO store:

PricePlanDataLocal/International (EU) MinutesLocal/International (EU) SMSValidity
8.99 EURDIS5 GB200 minutesUnlimited28 days
12.99 EURDouble DAT20 GB300 minutesUnlimited28 days

Your call and SMS allowance can be used for local use, EU/EEA roaming use, and international use from Malta to EU/EEA countries.

All Play Plans include the Music Wildcard, giving you unlimited streaming data for Spotify, Amazon Music, Deezer & Apple Music.

Go Malta Play Plans
Extra Bundles – GO Malta

The Extra Bundles are data, call, or combo plans with data and minutes. They may be able to be purchased as standalone plans (to be confirmed in March).

Yeah… I forgot to confirm this 💀. But you can let me know.

The following Extra Bundles are available, which can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 16410 or on the

PriceDataLocal/International (EU) MinutesValidityActivation Code
1 EUR10 GBN/A24 hoursApp only
1 EURN/A1000 minutes24 hoursApp only
3 EUR10 GB1000 minutes1 weekend (Saturday & Sunday)App only
5 EUR500 MBN/A4 weeks500MB
8 EUR1 GBN/A4 weeks1GB
20 EUR6 GBN/A4 weeks6GB
25 EUR10 GBN/A4 weeks10GB
Go Malta Extra Bundles
EU Roaming – GO Malta

You can use your GO allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As GO does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – GO Malta

  • Name: GO
  • APN: gointernet

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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Melita

Melita Malta Logo
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Melita is the smallest mobile operator in Malta.

It wanted to merge with Vodafone Malta (now: Epic Malta) back in 2017.

However, as the combined mobile operator would have more than 60% market share, the Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) had doubts.

In December 2017, the merger was called off.

Melita uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – may have been shut down already
  • 3G: 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 800 MHz (Band 20) & 1800 MHz (Band 3)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78)
  • VoLTE: No
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about Melita:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Melita SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Melita

Melita has extensive coverage throughout Malta.

4G/LTE is available basically everywhere.

It also has the best 5G NR coverage, as it rolled out its 5G NR network at least five months ahead of its competitors.

Below is Melita's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Melita

You can get a Melita SIM card for 10 EUR in Melita stores. Melita SIM cards are not sold at Malta International Airport (MLA).

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Melita has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to use an eSIM, you can go with the Malta (Maltafone) eSIM from Airalo (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days & 10 GB/30 days).

Malta Maltafone SIM Airalo
© Airalo

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Or get the Malta eSIMs from Nomad.

Malta eSIMs Nomad

Use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps) and get 3 USD off (even on top of current promotions)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Malta eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

Holafly Banner
© Holafly

Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Or get the Eurolink eSIMs covering Malta and 35+ other European countries (1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 days, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days – read my Eurolink review too).

Eurolink Europe eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

The Eurolink eSIM is loved by Phone Travel Wiz readers (the 3 GB and 10 GB variants are chosen the most).

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Note that Epic does not offer VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) nor VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Melita SIM cards get deactivated if there has been no activity for 365 days (no top-up for 365 days or no activity for 365 days).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Melita

Melita top-up vouchers are sold in Melita stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Malta.

To top up your Melita SIM card, dial *125*VoucherCode#.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial *125*123456#.

You can also tell the salesperson how much credit you want, your phone number, pay, and they will top up your SIM card with the POS system.

You can also recharge online with (international/EU) debit and credit cards.

Dial *121# to check your Melita balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the MyMelita app (Android/iOS).

Melita Malta MyMelita App
© Melita

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Melita

Melita has three data-featured plans:

All Melita plans can be activated by texting the Activation Code to 16860.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Pockit Plans – Melita

The Pockit Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

Text the Activation Code to 16860 to activate Pockit Plans:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
5 EURPass S250 MB100 minutes100 SMS30 daysPass S
10 EURPass M8 GB200 minutes200 SMS30 daysPass M
15 EURPass L15 GB200 minutes200 SMS30 daysPass L

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Malta (NOT from Malta to other EU/EEA member states)

Pockit Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOP to 16852.

Melita Malta Pockit Passes
Djuno Plans – Melita

The Djuno Plans are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS for youngsters up to 29 years old.

Unfortunately, these plans are not available to the elderly 🤪.

The following Djuno Plans are available, which initially have to be activated in a Melita store:

PricePlanDataLocal/EU Minutes 1Local/EU SMS 1ValidityActivation Code
8 EURBigGig M5 GB400 minutesUnlimited30 daysBigGig M
12 EURBigGig L20 GB400 minutesUnlimited30 daysBigGig L

1 for calls/SMS within and to other EU/EEA member states and back to Malta (NOT from Malta to other EU/EEA member states)

Djuno Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, text STOP to 16852.

Melita Malta Djuno Plans
Endless Data Boost Add-On – Melita

The Endless Data Boost Add-On is a data add-on giving you unlimited data until midnight for 2 EUR. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

Text Endless data to 16860 to activate Endless Data Boost.

PriceDataValidityActivation Code
2 EURUnlimitedUntil midnight Endless data
EU Roaming – Melita

You can use your Melita allowances in the following EU/EEA member states without paying roaming fees:

As Melita does not have dedicated EU/EEA roaming allowances, you can use your full allowance without restrictions in other EU/EEA member states.

APN/Internet Settings – Melita

  • Name: melitaweb
  • APN: web.melita

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Malta

The cheapest way to get online in Malta is to get a SIM card from one of the mobile operators unless you have an EU/EEA SIM card and can roam for free in Malta.

However, local SIM cards are not your only method of staying online when abroad.

Below are some other options to consider.

International Roaming

Roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected.

You do not have to buy a new SIM card, and people at home can easily reach you on your current phone number.

However, roaming has many downsides as well. It can be insanely expensive.

Learn more about roaming.

International/Travel SIM Cards

International SIM cards or travel SIM cards are SIM cards made for travelers.

The rates charged are often lower than international roaming, but they are almost always higher than what local mobile operators will charge you.

Get to know more about international and travel SIM cards.

Mobile Hotspots (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Free WIFI Networks

Nothing beats free, right? Paying nothing to stay connected may be the best option.

Until you remember that free hotspots are not available everywhere (especially when on the move) and that free connections are often extremely slow.

Just make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN when connected to open WIFI connections. It is worth it.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Malta

Getting a SIM card from Epic or GO would do you well when considering a Maltese SIM card.

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