How to get to Hikkaduwa

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Hikkaduwa is located on the West coast, 100 km from Colombo to the South. Near the city there is no airport, so usually get here via the airport in Colombo, where the beach is reached by taxi, bus or train.

By plane via Colombo

The nearest international airport Colombo, Bandaranaike is 140 kilometers. Through it tourists arrive on the island and get to Hikkaduwa. It performs direct flights from many countries of the world, including from Russia from Moscow, flying directly to Sri Lanka Airlines. Also cheap to fly to, including from the regions, airlines, Qatar, Etihad, Emirates, AirArabia and others with a connection.

Find and book tickets to the main Colombo airport in Sri Lanka, you can through the search form. Search is very flexible, and allows you to search for flights on different dates, with or without transfers, in both directions or one, etc.:

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How to get from Colombo airport to Hikkaduwa

Taxi – the most convenient and fastest way to get from Colombo airport to Hikkaduwa. Find a taxi at the counter when you exit the terminal (taxi system, the cost of fixed), or outside the airport (you can find private taxi and bargain the price below). On average expect to pay for the trip is$ 90 (11 500 rupees, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka and the exchange rate), but with a strong desire to bargain and up to $ 70. Can also transfer via a search form, and driver will be waiting for you with a sign at the airport:

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Inexpensive from the airport to get on the buses, but have to go with change.

  1. For starters, you need to get to the bus station in Colombo – Colombo Fort. There is a bus No. 187, but the problem is that the buses from the airport don't run (or walk, but very rarely). To sit on it after you exit the airport you have to pass to the left about 100 meters. But not the fact that you'll find 187-Oh, because apparently they don't all start moving away from the airport. Safer first to get to the bus station Avariata (Averiwatta) (bus station Avariata Colombo on the map), and there are already guaranteed to sit on 187. Access to Avariety on a tuk-tuk for 50-100 rupees (bargaining), or walk for 20-30 minutes (nearly 2 kilometers).

    Bus 187 runs frequently, is from 50 to 100 rupees depending on the class. It will take you to the bus station Colombo in about 1 hour. Exit to the penultimate stop before the end, or just ask the conductor to drop you off at the "Bass station". But even if you miss the stop, from the end of Colobo Fort Railway station to the bus station to walk 10-15 minutes.

  2. 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, we go almost every 15 minutes, cost 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.

Хиккадува, Шри-Ланка Train in Hikkaduwa

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 - Trains stop at railway stations in the North (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 makes sense to consider the arrival at this station.

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.

In the Hikkaduwa from other cities of Sri Lanka

The whole of Sri Lanka are densely interconnected by a network of bus routes, and within one day you can drive to the beach by direct bus or with a change of any major city in the country. If there is no direct bus, it is more convenient just to go through Colombo, as almost any city in the country there are buses to Colombo and from there to Hikkaduwa to go 2-3 hours and 130 rupees (see above).

How to use bus+train, with a change again in Colombo. By train you can directly reach the beach of Matara and Galle (Galle).

Transport Hikkaduwa, than to move on

Хиккадува, Шри-Ланка Motorbike rent in Hikkaduwa

The main resort area stretched along the coast road to Galle rd. for five kilometers, and it is possible to navigate on foot, take a taxi or tuk-tuk, bus or rented vehicle.

Taxi rides here are mostly at a bargain price, one to turn on the counters in no hurry. The same and tuk-tuks, and you have to haggle.

City buses in most of the Ways there, but on the main road to Galle rd. there are many intercity buses, and they stop at places marked with a bus stop. These buses can be used to get around the city or on the southern and Northern beaches.

The greatest freedom of movement provides leased vehicles. It can be both a Bicycle and a motorbike. Rental here found at every step, but in the morning hours to 10 hours, it is sometimes difficult 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 rent a car in advance the night before. The cost of renting a bike starts from RS 700 per day. 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.

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Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
Christin 1 December, 2016
Guys, urgently looking for roommates in a large, two-storey house in Hikkaduwa, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (one per floor). The 4th Dec is released the room.
House in European style (in the lobby leather sofa and armchairs, large dining table, large LCD TV, fridge, washing machine, gas stove, all necessary utensils, marble flooring, garden with Parking and a well, natural ventilation, lots of Windows and light).
Photos sent on email/facebook.
Local number: 0718239966 (mobile from Russia - 8 10 94 8239966, +7 10 94 8239966) ...
Algeta 9 January, 2017
Good afternoon. In March we want to go to the beach. I think to rent a Villa Pathum tourists inn. According to the map, it is on Pinkand road. The owner says it's a 3-minute walk from the beach))). I hope so) Tell me if this street to go to the beach if there's a café on the beach where you can eat and relax on the sun loungers? If see map Google, on photo you can see that many cafes NAP Ratiu street Narigama Patan. How far these two streets from each other? ...
admin 10 January, 2017

Hello Algeta! Looked at the situation of your Villa on aibnb, and if there's all without cheating, the place is great. Just opposite the beach, everything is there. Cafes everywhere along the road there, so no problem. If you really want a lot of cafes, you'll walk a little closer to the conditional center is to the North, i.e. above the map. ...
Algeta 10 January, 2017

I was just there and found her.))) I've never booked anything. How do you think this is a reliable website? And another question: are cafes along the road is good, but we're going with a 2-year old child and we would like to know if there's a café on the beach? Last year we were in GOA and we loved our time together: we lay on the beds, which belonged to Sheki, ate, drank when I wanted, as two children and mode they and we are different)))) is it Possible to find in Hikkaduwa? ...
Algeta 10 January, 2017

Thanks for the reply. I have this Villa there and watched. Tell me if there is enough reliable website? Mind the fact, that the money should be paid now, not on the spot. And still a question: and on the beach there are many cafes near this place? Going with a small child and assume the day hanging out at the beach.)))) Ideally, we need a place to 3 minutes and we're at the beach, and there lay under the canopy and the whole day swimming, eating and drinking. We have and child is different mode and to pack up and go somewhere to eat and then back to the beach uncomfortable))). Or is it just my dreams?))))) ...
admin 11 January, 2017
AirBnB reliable long current site, with regard to the safety of your money. Otherwise personally I have when working with AirBnB more negative experience. One evening came with a 5-year-old son to Sochi, and the owner of the booked apartment out of reach. Support by phone, the work involved, but offered simply to return the money, and then type to understand myself. Knowing the rules, I pressed and they agreed with the suggestion that I book this hotel not more expensive than 50 bucks, and they compensate me the cost. All has worked out well, but time and nerves I spent the car. Also twice was that the trip was canceled for 1-2 before the arrival, several times pulled with confirmation and also at the last moment canceled. Well the prices are certainly higher than directly from the owners to remove. ...
Algeta 11 January, 2017

Then where better to book? ...
Watch 21 October, 2017
Good day! The first time we fly to Sri Lanka . Mid Jan-mid Feb. Want to combine sightseeing with a beach holiday, I'm afraid to get on the wave. Advise something in my experience? Thank You, Natalia ...
admin October 22, 2017

Hello Natalia! You just go in a good season, when the wind is not strong, the waves too small, there is nothing to advise. If the waves are really afraid, then go to Unawatuna, where the waves almost the whole year low. ...
Axsi 3 February, 2018

Where you want to shoot? can the information. We want February to March. Thank you ...

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