The Catania Valletta ferry route connects Sicily with Malta. Currently there is just the 1 ferry company operating this ferry service, Virtu Ferries. The crossing operates up to 8 times each week with sailing durations from around 4 hours 15 minutes.
Catania Valletta sailing durations and frequency may vary from season to season so we’d advise doing a live check to get the most up to date information.
Prices shown represent the average one way price paid by our customers on this route. Prices shown are per person.
The Sicilian city of Catania is located on the east coast of the island and lies on the Ionian Sea between Messina and Syracuse. Known for its historical relationship with earthquakes, having previously been destroyed by an earthquake in 1169 and again in 1693, the city has also suffered from volcanic eruptions from nearby Mount Etna, the most violent being in 1669. The city is also home to the first university opened in Sicily in 1434, and in the 14th century and on into the Renaissance, Catania was one of Italy's most important centres for culture, the arts and politics.
The city's symbol is u Liotru, or the Fontana dell'Ellefante, which was assembled in 1736 by Giovanni Battista Vaccarini. The symbol shows an ancient lavic stone elephant topped by an Egyptian obelisk from Syene. The city has had a poor relationship with volcanos, having been buried by lava a total of 17 times in recorded history. In layers beneath the present day city are the Roman city that preceded it, and the Greek city before that.
The Maltese city of Valletta is the island's capital city and a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is almost an open air museum. The city is filled with Baroque architecture which dates back to the Knights of St John nearly 5 centuries ago. Throughout its history, the city has welcomed emperors, heads of state, artists and poets and is now home to the seat of the Maltese Government. There are a number of charming cafes and bars in the city and it is now one of the island's most popular tourist attractions. Sites in the city that are worth visiting include the lovely St John's Cathedral with its fortifications and priceless paintings contained inside. The city's Grand Harbour is frequently referred to as the most beautiful in the Mediterranean and the city in general hosts a number of cultural events each year which range from theatre productions to concerts by leading opera singers.