Venues and Travel


On Tuesday 27th June in particular, we strongly advise those of you needing to travel to the conference venue from Floriana and Valletta to come by foot which is only a short distance away. If you are staying in Sliema, we advise you to use the frequent ferry shuttle which stops next to the conference venue.

City of Valletta

City of Valletta

Malta’s capital city is the administrative and commercial heart of the island, busy by day and atmospheric by night, with the feeling of going back in time. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site because of its historical value, Valletta charms with its stunning architecture on every corner.
Built on a small peninsula, it is packed full of sights and when Unesco named the town a World Heritage Site, it described it as 'one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world'. But Valletta has a lot more to offer, it is a living city and a major tourist attraction which we hope you will enjoy discovering.



The 25th European Social Service Conference will be held at the Grand Hotel Excelsior, located on the doorstep of the Capital City of Valletta. Its central position allows for easy travel to all Valletta’s major attractions, art treasures, and historical architectural gems.

Great Siege Road,



A limited number of rooms have been reserved for conference delegates in the Grand Hotel Excelsior at a special rate. Please book your room as soon as possible to ensure availability. View more on our Accommodation page



To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Conference, two special evening events have been arranged for the conference delegates. Malta has a rich and fascinating history and those events will be a great opportunity to step back in time and discover more about the island.

The Gala Dinner will be a great occasion to exchange with peers in a relaxed atmosphere.

Flying to Malta

Conference delegates benefit from a 20% discount on direct flights to/from Valletta by flying with Air Malta, our Travel Partner.

Please note this offer is valid ONLY for direct flights operated by Air Malta during a travel period of +/- 7 days of the conference date. Please also note that you might not be able to claim the 20% discount if the flight you want to book is nearly fully booked.

To book your flight at the discounted rate, please email  with your flight itinerary or call the dedicated conference phone line 00356 23644097. You can also book online (discount code to enter in “coupon”, in the first step of the booking: QESSC17DEL, in capitals, no space).

Getting to the Conference Centre

The Grand Hotel Excelsior is ideally located in the centre of Valletta, only a few kilometres away from Malta International Airport, Luqa.

How to get there:

By Taxi:
The transfer by taxi from the airport to the Grand Hotel Excelsior takes around 20 minutes and costs approximately €15 one way. You can find some detailed information here.

You can also opt for the Exclusive Chauffeur Driven Service offered by the Grand Hotel Excelsior at €20 one way.
Contact the hotel directly for more information.

By Bus:
Take the X4 Express line to Valletta A14 and then walk 10 min to get to the Grand Hotel Excelsior. This will take around 40 min and will cost you €2.
Plan your journey by public transport here.

By Shuttle Service: is the official shuttle service from the airport. You can manage your transfers with fixed prices (one way will cost you €8) through their booking system here.

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