Getting in to Sri Lanka
Australia – Indirect flights via Air Asia, Qantas, Cathay Pacific and
China – Direct flights via SriLankan Airlines
Hong Kong – Direct flights via Cathay Pacific
Indonesia – Direct flights via SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka
Japan – Direct via Japan Airlines and SriLankan Airlines
Korea – Indirect flights via China Eastern and Malaysian Airways
Malaysia – Direct flights via Air Asia
Singapore – Direct flights via Singapore Airlines
Taipei – Indirect flights via China Eastern
Thailand – Direct flights via SriLankan Airlines and Thai Airways
United Arab Emirates – Direct flights via Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways
USA – Indirect flights via Qatar Airways and Emirates
UK – Direct via SriLankan Airlines
Once on the island, Cinnamon Air provides an efficient air taxi service that links Colombo’s Bandaranaike airport to the more exotic locations. More information can be found on their website HERE.
Bandaranaike International Airport is located 35km north of Colombo.
In order to get from the airport to Colombo, visitors will need to
take a bus, car or sea plane.
Buses leave every 15 minutes with a travel time of about 30 minutes.
Taxi service can be accessed by dialing 2252861 ext. 3097 or by proceeding to the arrival lobby counter.
Sea plane services are available for those visitors whose final destination is not Colombo. Visit HERE to book your ticket.
Currently, ferry services have been suspended linking India to Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lanka Central Transport Board operates both long and short distance travel buses. Depending on destination, Interprovincial fares can range between 100-600 rupee for normal service while luxury, air-conditioned service providers are approximately twice as expensive. Super luxury service for major routes can run anywhere from 400-1300 rupee. For more information, visit the National Transport Commission’s website HERE.
Getting to Sri Lanka by car is not possible. However, once on the island visitors may choose to get around by renting a car (sometimes a personal driver is also provided). As you might expect, rentals are cheaper in town then at the airport. Additionally, visitors may opt for motorbike rental (for rent on a daily basis), or three-wheeler (approximately 50-75 rupee per km).
Travelling by train is highly recommended if venturing outside of
Colombo. Whether it is travelling inland or along the coast, Sri
Lanka boasts beautiful views and most trains operate observation
cars for tourists.
Sri Lanka’s Expo Rail provides luxury train services throughout the country. Prices range from 1450-2400 (US$10-16) rupee depending on destination. To book your tickets go to Expo Rail’s website HERE. Please be advised that there is limited seating and tickets may sell out if not booked well in advance.
Rajadhani Express offers similar services at rates ranging from 650-1750 rupee (US$4.50-12) depending on destination. To book a ticket, visit their website.