How to get to Sri Lanka

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How to get to Sri Lanka

The island and the government of Sri Lanka is in the Indian ocean off the southern tip of the Indian subcontinent. From the great land of Sri Lanka Strait separates and 100 kilometres (cm. Sri Lanka on the map).

It is believed that when Sri Lanka was connected by a thin isthmus to the mainland, but due to earthquakes it was destroyed. Today in Sri Lanka can be reached either by plane or private boat. Unfortunately, there is no regular ferry service with India yet.

From Russia to Sri Lanka to fly about 8 hours of direct. The bulk of the flights are performed at the main international airport of Sri Lanka – Bandaranaike international airport (Colombo airport). The website Details about Colombo airport here.

Direct flights today there perform only two airlines: SriLankan Airlines and Aeroflot in the high season. However, a variety of convenient flights with transfers offered, at least, the following foreign airlines:

  • Qatar Airlines
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Etihad Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Arabia

Find and book tickets to the main airport of Sri Lanka - Colombo, 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.:

The price of flights from Moscow to Colombo:

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Minimum prices on flights from Russia to Colombo:

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Samara ⇄ Colombo 2 TO FIND 42250 ₽
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Sometimes you can find cheap flights through Europe, but it is rather rare.

The advantage of flights with a connection are lower prices for flights. Besides, to find a suitable date and time of departure flight data from airlines much easier than with direct flights. These airlines often arrange the sale and you can buy tickets at a very attractive price.

Some of these airlines offer flights to Sri Lanka with the change of major regions of Russia. Some of them are flying directly to the main airport transfers, some with an additional stopover in Moscow. Surprisingly, sometimes the airline flights from the regions with a stopover in Moscow are sold even cheaper than the flight from Moscow.

Another airport which was to take international flights in Sri Lanka - Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (aka Hambantota International Airport website This airport is located in the South of the country, and it is anticipated that through him easy to get to the southern resorts of Sri Lanka. However real convenience and economy, the flights in this airport until adds. The cost of flights to it are disproportionately high, and yet to fly to Colombo airport, and then get to the southern beaches by taxi (not to mention the buses) are much cheaper than the flight there. Time is also almost no gain there. Perhaps with time the situation will change, but so far to consider him seriously as a destination airport is not worth it.

How to get to resorts in Sri Lanka

After you have landed at Colombo airport, you will be challenged now to get to the desired resort or destination. Enough discussion of this subject we have already discussed hereand in detail in the sections "How to get" about each resort. So stay here only briefly.

To get from Colombo airport to your desired destination in Sri Lanka can take a taxi, tuk tuk or bus. In rare cases and with sufficient finances you can fly on a plane or train by landing on him in Colombo on the main railway station of the country - Colombo Fort.

If you decide to use the most economical way – buses, it should be borne in mind that the night buses in Sri Lanka do not go, and if you arrive in the afternoon, there is a chance that you won't have far to get to the resorts by bus. In this case, it may be reasonable to sleep and relax after the flight in Negombo or Colombo, and in the morning move on the road. Negombo thus is preferable as it is closer to the airport, accommodation is cheaper there than in Colombo, and the situation in General is more of a resort. On the other hand, in Colombo, transport is more developed and there will be easier to drive anywhere in the country.

Should be a cautious approach to the use of aircraft for further movement in Sri Lanka. Almost anywhere on the island can be reached by taxi for a reasonable price for a maximum of 3-4 hours. Therefore, the use of aircraft, which are more expensive taxi, fly rarely, and then still need to get from the destination airport to the hotel by taxi, not too justified from the point of view of economy of time and Finance.

If you want to continue on my way to the resort by train, you first have to get a taxi or bus to the railway station in Colombo Fort Colombo. The trains run fairly often, including the night. Train timetables can be found here:, Buying tickets in advance is optional, but if you want to get good seats, it is better to book tickets through a travel company. Online sales of railway tickets on Sri Lanka yet.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
admin 10 November, 2019

What is the link? ...
Светлана123456 15 January, 2020
The most important thing is not specified in the description - distance from the airport. ...
admin 15 January, 2020

Hello Svetlana! Thanks for the comment, but it is not quite clear what the distance, if you update, be sure to add. ...
mextto 28 January, 2020
Good afternoon. Going in February to Kalpitiya in the hotel's LAGOON CHALETS DEV SETH. Do you have any info on this hotel. Unfortunately couldn't find anything in Russian. Want to hear the opinion of our countrymen. Thank you ...
admin 28 January, 2020

Well on booking this hotel the reviews are very well quoted, so all is good. Only place there is a real wilderness in the square. ...
Владимир123344545 February 2, 2020

need an international driver's license. if the mind, somewhere else, must assure. I rented a car, stopped, showed the right and had no problems. a moped with no problems, if chase had just called around. if not And prepare a money. If stopped by a cute smile, don't be rude, pretend you don't understand. Rights without categories And it is better not to show at all. Agree on the fine on the spot, the size of which depends on your abania and the greed of the COP. And generally be careful on the roads, Beware of the BUSES!!!! ...
admin 3 February, 2020
Polynkin 8 February, 2020

We are currently staying here and your hotel next to us! The hotel is great! Better than our 10 times) with the house on the lagoon for kiters, you can walk on the ocean-about 300 meters)) ...
Alexey Kiev 8 February, 2020
My wife was in Ceylon about the year 2012... in Kalutara.
Four stars - with Breakfast-dinner, beautiful kitchen and even a piano-pianist. From wandering through the territory of the lizards and chipmunks in the bushes. NO MONKEYS!!!
The tour was taken at the reception - minibus with air-condition, four (together with us) tourists 10 seats in the cabin. Visit tea plantations, stone Siguiri, different monasteries, overnight in Kandy, the Royal Palace, Botanical garden, elephant trekking and extreme return in the night in a hotel during a tropical storm and flooding!!! The guide was our driver.
Amazing culture, tragic history of the Royal dynasty, charming nature, unique Souvenirs from craftsmen, gold people, almost understandable for Ukrainians Sanskrit.
Of the shortcomings - a problem with alcohol... not even beer to buy hard liquor only in the supermarket and very expensive, local landmark, home purchased in Duty - Red Rum - muck rare!!! ...
admin 9 February, 2020

Alex, I disagree about the beer and alcohol. No problem everything can be found, you just need the right look, there are restrictions of course. All about alcohol I wrote in a separate article, be sure to read all tourists before the trip on SHL - ...