Besides food and drink, the second largest category of expenditure in 2015 among Maltese households was transport, according to the results of the National Statistics Office’s (NSO) Household Budgetary Survey.
The transport category includes fuel expenditure, air fares, purchase of vehicles, and ferry tickets. The average Maltese household spent around €3,181 on transport during the reference year, translating to a weekly expense of €61.18. This category commands 14.2 per cent of the total household expenditure.
The amount that the average Maltese household spends on travel abroad has doubled since 2008. This relates both to passenger transport by air (which includes air fares and expenses related to travel by air) and passenger transport by sea (which includes sea fares from Gozo, sea fares to and from Malta, and local boat trips) from €163 to €328 and from €23 to €49 respectively.
Compared to expenditure on vehicles, vehicle maintenance and fuel, expenditure on transport services (including, amongst others, public transport, taxi services, and minivan services) was relatively low in all districts.
The South Eastern, Western and Northern districts spent more, on average, than the other districts on vehicles, vehicle maintenance, and fuel, while households in the Southern Harbour district spent the largest proportion of all districts on transport services, at 7.3 per cent.