How to get to the beach, transport
Hikkaduwa is located on the West coast, in 100 kilometers from Colombo and 145 km from Colombo airport (Hikkaduwa on the map of Sri Lanka). Near the city there is no airport, so get here via the airport in Colombo, where the beach is reached by taxi, bus or train.
From other cities and regions in the Hikkaduwa can be reached by bus or train. But direct flights and trains and buses is only from Colombo, Galle, Matara and other cities and resorts of the southwest coast, so in most cases you need to go with transfers via major hubs in Colombo or Galle. In General, within one light day at the beach can be reached from any place of Sri Lanka, it is only necessary to plan the route and leave early.
Here is a brief about the routes, how to get to Hikkaduwa from major cities:
- From Colombo airport. Directly only by taxi or tuk-tuk, or budget bus to Colombo and transfer there to another bus or train.
- From Colombo. Direct buses and trains run throughout the day and night (rarely). On buses you can catch at the bus station or anywhere on the main road Galle Road – A2. The buses run often, keep in mind the schedule is not required, you can just come to a stop and wait for the bus. Trains run on a schedule no less than 10 times a day.
- From Negombo. From Negombo with a stopover in Colombo by train or bus. Transport often, you can just come to the station and go.
- From Jaffna. To go through Colombo by bus or train. The train is preferable, but you need to go either early morning or Board the evening train that arrives in Colombo at 4am.
- From Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella and other cities in the mountainous part of Sri Lanka is best reached by train with a stopover in Colombo, there, including night trains. If you go by bus, faster by bus from Colombo to get there, but to go earlier in the city of Kaduwela. In Kaduwela need to change on the bus on the highway to Galle (departs every 20-30 minutes, worth 460 crore), and then in Galle at the bus station to take the bus to Hikkaduwa. At least from Nuwara Eliya once daily in the morning direct bus to Ambalangoda and he runs through the beach.
- From Trincomalee. Direct train from Trincomalee to Colombo only runs of the night, or to go with a transfer by train through Baticaloa or Galoya Junction (see how to get to Trincomalee). On the bus ride during the day, through Colombo.
By plane via Colombo
The nearest international airport Colombo, Bandaranaike is 140 kilometers. Through it tourists arrive on the island and get to Hikkaduwa. Here are direct flights from many countries of the world, including from Russia from Moscow directly flying SriLankan Airlines. Also cheap to fly with Qatar airlines, Etihad, Emirates, AirArabia, Turkish Airlines and others with a connection.
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How to get from Colombo airport to Hikkaduwa
A taxi or tuk-tuk – the only way to quickly and directly get from Colombo airport to Hikkaduwa. Find a taxi at the counter when you exit the terminal (taxi system, the cost of fixed), or on the street when you exit the terminal (you can find private taxi and bargain the price below). The average count by 10,000 rupees (from 3901.87 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka and the exchange rate), but you can bargain.
Cheaper trip when you order a car through Uber or PickMe, you can order including a cheaper tuk-tuk. As of 2019 when ordering through the app tuk tuk will cost RS 5,000 (from 1950.94 .), a car from the 6200. To order, you can use the airport WiFi, or buy a local SIM card in the arrival hall. Just keep in mind that the budget of the car through the app is a miniature of Indian-made cars without trunk and with large bags in her not to climb.
A much more comfortable way to get from the airport to Hikkaduwa directly to request a tourist transfer service by using the search box from Kiwitaxi or on the website intuit.travel. You can place your order online still at home, and then the driver will meet you at the airport and take to hotel:
Inexpensive from the airport can be reached by bus, but will have to go with change.
For starters, you need to get to the bus/railway station in Colombo at the Pettah district (Pettah). Back in the day often, and at night about every hour buses No. 187. Go right from the exit of the terminal across the road, there are 100 rupees for the Luggage will have to pay. Colombo big buses go past the bus station, and finish the movement near railway station Colombo Fort. And auto - and railway station are within a five minute walk from each other. Small kommercheskie buses No. 187 go to their bus station which is also nearby. Cm. read more how to get from the airport to Colombo here...
Can also drive from the airport by tuk-tuk or taxi for 1100 and 1500 rupees respectively.
At the bus station Colombo will need to find a bus to Hikkaduwa. It is worth remembering that Hikkaduwa is just a stop on the route of most of the routes to the South, so you should look for the bus to Galle (Galle), Matara (Matara), Tangaly (Tangalla). All these buses go via the beach, leaving every 15-20 minutes, costs from 130 to 300 rupees depending on comfort, in a way 2-3 hours.
To understand immediately at the bus station is not very easy, therefore, to find the right bus, it is best to ask the locals or drivers destination, and go where they will show.
In Hikkaduwa is the main bus station in the Northern part of the city (bus station of Hikkaduwa on the map), as well as several bus stops right in the resort area on the Galle Road, where the bus stops on demand.
Another budget option to get from the airport to Hikkaduwa by bus and then by train. The above mentioned bus # 187 will take you to the train station, Colombo Fort Colombo (end station), where you can catch the train. The cost to Hikkaduwa in the lowest class – from 85 rupees. Railway transport is not so frequent as buses, current schedule, look here - https://www.eservices.railway.gov.lk.
In Hikkaduwa trains stop at the railway station in the North of the city (railway station Hikkaduwa on the map). In the South of the resort area there is one railway station Thiranagama (railway station Thiranagama on the map) where it makes a stop three trains a day. If your hotel is located in the South of the resort, it is better to go immediately to the station Thiranagama.
About trains it is necessary to tell that during rush hour (it's usually almost always in the daytime) train to Hikkaduwa – not the most comfortable mode of transport. Very often they run Packed as the buses to the factories in the Soviet era. Sometimes you just have to hang on to the handrails and stand on one leg. So think twice before you go. In the evening, after about 17 hours, the cars are almost empty.
And here is the schedule of trains and other transport to the beach available for online booking:
Transport Hikkaduwa, than to move on
The main resort area stretched along the coast road to Galle road for five kilometers, and it is possible to navigate on foot, take a taxi or tuk-tuk, bus or rented vehicle. For trips to the surrounding attractions lychshe only to take rent of transport, or hire a tuk-tuk with a driver.
Car taxi in Hikkaduwa, there is little, but if you find a car, trips are mainly carried out at the contract price, no-one to turn on the counters in no hurry. But there is a good alternative, particularly advantageous if you need to travel far, for example in Colombo or the airport is to use the PickMe app or Uber.
It is much easier to catch a tuk-tuk, they are very much. The drivers themselves constantly too Intrusive and offer their services on the main street and even on the beach. A short drive within the resort will cost from RS 100 if you know how to bargain, usually from tourists asking 300 or more. But for travel to places much cheaper to hire a tuk-tuk in time. The real price, as of 2019: 600 rupees (from 234.11 RUB) for 3 hours, 1800 rupees (from 702.34 RUB) for a day. But again, all depends on your ability to bargain.
City buses in most of the Ways there, but on the main road to Galle road very often go to state and private buses between Galle and Colombo, and other resorts of the West coast. They stop at places marked with a bus stop, but on request can stay anywhere. The fare is 10 rupees depending on distance, pay the conductor in the cabin. You just have to call the destination (city, beach, bus station) and they will tell you the price. These buses can be used to get around the city, on the southern and Northern beaches, in the neighboring city.
The greatest freedom of movement provides leased vehicles. It can be both a Bicycle and a motorbike (small motorcycle, scooter). Rentals are everywhere on the main street, but in the morning hours before 10:00, sometimes it's hard to find a working rolling office, because everything opens later. So, if you want to go somewhere early in the morning, it is better to negotiate the rent the night before.
Motorcycle hire can be found from 1000 rupees per day (390.19 RUB), but more often, they want 1200 and above. As collateral need to leave vehicles or cash collateral. Some distributors sign a contract, and where cost without a contract, all different. Driving license also somewhere check somewhere in there.
In General, if everything is done according to the law, to control the transport in Sri Lanka, tourists are theoretically needed in Colombo issued a provisional license, and the corresponding category A for motorcycles. But in practice, tourists rarely get them, limited international presence in the form of booklet, and problems with the police decides on the spot. Sometimes the police do without question accepts the present international law, the main thing – to category for control of motorcycles. Read more about motorcycle rental in Sri Lanka and what are the rights here...
Bicycle rental starts from 20 rupees per hour and 200 per day, but it is mostly "dead" are great. For a normal bike will have to pay almost twice as much.