Sri Lanka Transport

Get in


Sri Lanka’s major international airport is Bandaranaike International Airport 30km north of Colombo. There are 24-hour moneychanging facilities in the arrivals and departures halls as well as ATMs, mobile phone operators and more. And the national flagship carrier is SriLankan Airlines. There is an Airport Express Luxury Train Service operates between Airport Station and Colombo Secretariat Station.
Get around


The railways of Sri Lanka are a great way to cross the country and there is an extensive railway system serving all major towns and cities in the island except for the North. There are few overnight or all-day ordeals to contend with, although they are slow. A train ride is almost always more relaxed and even less expensive than a bus ride.


The most common way of transport in Sri Lanka is a three-wheeler, it also known as Tuk-Tuks. These operate in a manner similar to taxis, and in many situations are a convenient and highly cost-efficient way to get around. Some of them are metered and some are not. The best price you can get is about Rs 50 to 75/km for short journeys and about Rs 30 to 50/km for long journeys.


You can rent motorbikes in Sri Lanka, but you must have a valid motorbike driving license along with valid third party insurance and must wear helmet including the pillion passenger and local police will require you to switch on the head light even on day time.


Bus routes cover most of the nation’s roads, there are two kinds of bus in Sri Lanka, Central Transport Board buses and Private buses. Central Transport Board buses are the default buses and usually lack air-con, they run most long-distance and local routes. Private bus have vehicles ranging from late-model Japanese coaches used on intercity-express runs to ancient minibuses on short runs between towns and villages. They are more comfortable and faster than other bus services for long-distance travel.


Sri Lankan taxis are common in all major towns, and even some villages. But only some are metered, especially in Colombo, but over longer distances their prices are comparable than three-wheelers, and they provide more comfort and security. You can count on most taxi rides costing around Rs 60 to 100/km.


Riding bike around historic areas such as Anuradhapura and Sigiriya are the best and most enjoyable ways to see these important sights. More and more hotels and guesthouses have bicycles guests can hire.


It is far more common to hire a car with a driver in Sri Lanka, the automobile itself often is free, but the driver will charge a fee for his services. And self-drive car hire is possible too, but first you need to have your international licence from your own country with you, besides that, you must get it validated in Sri Lanka licencing centre.