Prices in Sri Lanka

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The prices of goods in Sri Lanka are often cited
right on the package, the price tags can be found everywhere

Sri Lanka is a relatively new mass tourism destination. Just a few years ago, ended several decades of civil war, and only after that tourism became available as a mass direction and began to develop rapidly. In this regard, some tourists think that the prices here for everything are very low, since the local tourism is struggling to have appeared in the country of tourists. But actually all not so. Unfortunately, the local "movers and shakers" of the tourist business and the government, in our opinion, trying to "remove as much as possible cream" pouring into the country of tourists, so the prices of some travel service by Asian standards unreasonably high.

As for prices for tours to Sri Lanka, the minimum price we found for a seven-day tour with departure from Moscow with accommodation in a more or less normal hotel costs 2100 US$, which is quite competes with the cost of a self-organized trip. Therefore, if your goal is just to spend a few days on the coast, you can manage the purchase of the tour. If you want to get more complex and lengthy visits to Sri Lanka, prices for tours increase sharply, and self guided tours remain ahead of the competition. All information about the organization of independent trips are on our website in the section on Sri Lanka.

Here you have a reference set some basic prices at a price 2014:

Prices for hotels in Sri Lanka

The situation with the prices on hotels is as follows: in Sri Lanka you can find relatively inexpensive accommodation, but it will just shed in comparison with housing in the same price category in Thailand. But it is a little beyond budget accommodation for Asian standards, and we can get a good hotel with all the amenities. Something in between for a reasonable price here is hard to find.

The results:

  • Not very clean room in the Guesthouse with no air conditioning with individual bathroom – 2000 rupees (16 dollars refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate)
  • Not very clean room in a Guesthouse with air conditioning and EN Suite bathroom – 3,000 rupees ($23)
  • Normal clean room in the hotel or the Guesthouse – 5000 rupees ($39)
  • A room in a five star hotel is 12000 rupees (92 dollars)

The price of transport, air travel in Sri Lanka

Fortunately for tourists, the prices of transport in Sri Lanka is ridiculous, at least for now we are not talking about the tourist transport. Moving on the ground in local public transport, both city and interurban, are mere pennies. Basically, public transport in the form of urban and intercity buses and trains. For example, moving to a comfortable air-conditioned local bus from Negombo to Colombo, which is about 30 miles, it costs 150 rupees (about 40 rubles). On conditionioning buses travel even less: of Hikkaduwa in Galle can be reached within 60 rupees (15 cents). Travel by bus almost through the whole of Colombo is 24 rupees. Travel by train from Colombo to Hikkaduwa (distance 100 km) costs 160 rupees (42 rubles).

The famous and ubiquitous tuk-tuks too, to some extent, are public transport and is very actively used by local residents. At the same time with tourists, tuk-tuks take an exorbitant price, and the amount is less than 200 rupees (which is about 27 rubles), even will not talk. Meet tuk-tuks meter (Taxi meter), but to ride them to the tourist counter in practice not really.

As for air travel in the country, there are no regular flights between the airports of the country. There are only private Charter flights on small planes or helicopters that can be enjoyed by anyone, but they are not cheap.

Rent a motorbike in Sri Lanka can be found for 700 rupees (195 rubles) per day, but the price you can not find everywhere, often much higher. In maturities area for motorbike rental asking $ 10 for the day. While gasoline in Sri Lanka is very expensive.

The results:

  • Motorbike rent – RS 700 (195 rubles)
  • Gasoline 90-th – 162 rupees a liter (43 rubles)
  • Travel by air-conditioned bus from Colombo to Negombo – RS 150 (40 rubles)
  • Conditionerbedroom travel by bus from Hikkaduwa to Galle – 60 rupees (15 cents)
  • Travel by bus through the whole of Colombo is 24 rupees (7 rubles)
  • Travel by tuk-tuk from 100 rupees (26 rubles)
  • The taxi fare is about 600 rupees per 10 kilometers (158 rubles)

Food prices/food/drinks in Sri Lanka

Prices on food and drinks in Sri Lanka are lower than in Russia (of course, if to compare with Moscow). And some products, such as eggs, milk are much more expensive.

Eat in cafes and restaurants here can be expensive, but only if you learn to find places for local and adapt to tolerate insanitary conditions prevailing there and monotonous tasteless food. Minimum check for dinner without drinks in such places will be 400 rupees (105 rubles). To eat delicious, will have to visit cafes and restaurants, oriented to tourists already, where the minimum cost per person will be 800 rupees without drinks (210 rubles). It is worth noting that prices differ greatly from place to place, and sometimes in very bad places over the absolutely disgusting dinner can request in the restaurant.

The results:

  • Water 1.5 l – 70 rupees (19 rubles)
  • The local Coca-Cola 0,5 l – 80 rupees (21 rubles)
  • Original Coca-Cola 0,5 l – 100 rupees (25 rubles)
  • Bank beer 0,5 l – at least 160 rupees (42 rubles)
  • Cigarettes – a minimum of 260 rupees (69 rubles) and 600 rupees
  • Dinner in a cheap local cafe 400 rupees (105 rubles)
  • Dinner in normal cafe or restaurant – 800 rupees (210 rubles)
  • Rice with chicken in a nice cafe – 480 rupees (127 rubles)
  • Pineapple on the market – 103 rupees (35 rubles)

Prices for excursions and sights in Sri Lanka

High prices of tours and attractions in Sri Lanka does not serve any explanation. Pretty modest attractions charge a fee, which in other countries you can visit. Here is an example of the cost of entry to most major attractions. Of course, the price of the tour accordingly.

The results:

Prices for Souvenirs and stuff

Cheap Souvenirs in Sri Lanka will have to look, or have a very hard bargain. Usually, even the most simple magnet on the market offer for 300 rupees (80 rubles). Alternatively, it is possible to buy Souvenirs in shops with fixed prices. However, something interesting for reasonable money can buy and with hands close to popular attractions, but again you need to bargain.

The results:

  • Magnet on the market – 300 rupees (83 dollars)
  • Magnet shop – 140 rupees (37 rubles)
  • Small wooden mask – 600 rupees (185 rubles)
  • Plate souvenir – 350 rupees (92 dollars)

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 22 may 2017, 11:03
1 Hello! From India to Sri Lanka can only be reached as from any other country, any simplified procedure no including visa. So you need to buy tickets from India to Sri Lanka, and to issue an e-visa ETA. On the other way. ...
Paul M 15 Dec 2017, 00:15
1Здравствуйте, can't find any site where you can buy a ticket from Ella to Hikkaduwa on any train or bus. Also wanted to ask about the local mobile operators. Necessary mostly the Internet. Suggest some kind of network? Just there to buy a SIM card (Colombo) and what the price would be for a package where a few minutes, but a lot of the Internet? Thanks in advance ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 09:49
1 Hello Paul! And you will not find such a site. First, there are no such websites, electronic ticketing on trains and buses in Sri Lanka does not exist; and secondly, from Ella to Hikkaduwa can be reached only with a change in Colombo. Generally you do not see this as a big problem, tickets for 2 and 3 class will be able to buy on the spot right before the departure. Timetable here https://eservices.railway.gov.lk/schedule/homeAction.action?lang=en If you definitely want to travel first class in observation car, then it is better to buy in advance the plot of Ella-Colombo, but not necessarily. Available in advance through special sites to the Agency with a large wrap, but it will not be an e-ticket and the paper that you get in the place. On the Internet today, not to advise, has long not been there, but in General without problems to buy and use. If English little own in any shop with SIM cards explain what you need, you will be offered options. ...
Lauryn 15 Dec 2017, 17:33
1Добрый evening! Going to Sri Lanka in the second half of January. If I'm on the ETA, do not tell me when it's ready? (including the upcoming NG) Or is it better to do it at the airport on arrival? I read that this is possible. Is this true? Thank you for your answer. ...
admin 15 Dec 2017, 17:38
1 do Not see the advantages of what to do at the airport. First of all expensive and secondly have at the airport to spend more time, you need it. Make from home a few days everything will be ready. ...
Yanita 05 Feb 2018, 18:35
1 > we are flying with a child. In Thailand no problem we went with the baby on the motorbike. Can there be a problem with the police in Sri Lanka if the motorcycle will be 2 adults and a child? ...
admin 06 Feb 2018, 09:29
1 Hello! Yes, it seems that even we are not forbidden to carry on a motorcycle in the front seat, and after 12 on the rear. But in Sri Lanka, motorbikes for transport is generally not considered, all ride, and many times with children seen. Well, even if there are complaints, the police (police on the roads, by the way, very little), solve the problem on the spot. The cops are here Oh-Oh-Oh-ry is corrupt, everything can be solved for a few bucks. Do not swear with them, and smile and even laugh, and everything will be OK. P. S. in Kandy into oncoming traffic on the bike flooded, and then as luck COP. He blowed, poulybalis each other, turned around and went back. ...
Lukas 07 May 2018, 18:55
1Hello! I'm going to Sri Lanka in about a month and have thoughts on renting a scooter when I'm in Ella and perhaps also in/around Arugam Bay. I only have my Swedish drivers license (I know more is required) but I wonder about the consequenses if being pulled over? I was several times in Bali and just paid for a temporary license the first time which I could then show when it happened again. How expensive would a fine be in Sri Lanka, it is high risk to get pulled over as a tourist on bike and also, what is worse case scenario if I do get pulled over? Answers would be appriciated! Regards Lukas ...
admin 09 May 2018, 05:13
1 Hi Lukas! You are right, officialy you need to get a local drivers permit. But on practice you don't really need this, actually like on Bali too. I have expirience in driving all around Sri Lanka, have met twice policemens on the road and they cheked-out my russian driving license, and I don't have any problems and fines. ...
Оксана1083 31 may 2018, 13:16
1A how much is one day delay in the visa. We have tickets for 32 days. And how to do better. To change tickets or expired visa to pay ...

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