How to get to Sri Lanka

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 Sri Lanka 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 cheapest flights from Russia to Colombo:

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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 22 may 2017, 11:03
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
Hello, I can not 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
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 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
Good 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
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
We are traveling 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
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
Hello! 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
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
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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