How to get to Negombo (Sri Lanka). Transport
From Colombo airport
Negombo is the closest resort to the main international airport Katunayake (Colombo airport). From the airport you can get here by taxi in 15-20 minutes and 1,500 rupees (631.16 RUB, refer to the currency of Sri Lanka, the exchange rate), local bus no. 240 (50 rupees) or tuk tuk (800 rupees).
Easier and cheaper to order a taxi through Uber or local app PickMe. In the past there are even tuk-tuks and motorcycle taxis sometimes appear. The drive through the app will cost 600 rupees, a tuk tuk from 500. To order, you can use free Internet at the airport. However, if you need to get from Negombo to the airport at night, with ordering through apps can be a problem: just don't be available machines. Therefore, it is better to book a night journey from Negombo on the street or in the hotel.
Even more convenient to pre-book a tourist Shuttle service by using the search box from Kiwitaxi below. It is more expensive but more comfortable. You will not have problems with the language barrier, the driver will meet you with a sign at the airport and transfer you to the right place:
Local bus 240 is sent to Negombo, not directly from the airport and bus station Avariata (Aweriwatta), also called Katunayake, which is located about a kilometer from the exit of the terminal (see station Avariata on the map). You can get to it on free callbase (according to the latest information no longer goes), tuk-tuk for 100-150 rupees or on foot. Arriving at the station just ask the first passer-by or bus driver "Negombo?", and you point to the bus. The buses run very frequently, but only in the daytime.
In Negombo bus arrives at the main bus station of the city (bus station on the map), which to the tourist area can be reached by tuk-tuk for 250 rupees.
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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From the main bus station in Colombo (Pettah district) to Negombo bus No. 240, the fare of 70 rupees to go 1.5-2 hours. Departs at least every 30 minutes. More large high-speed Express bus costs 195 rupees, but he goes on the highway much faster than normal.
Very convenient to reach from Colombo by train. Every day here from Colombo from Colombo Fort station departs around 5 trains worth about 50 rupees, in the way 1-1. 5 hours. It's not long-distance trains, but something like our trains (commuter trains). Sometimes they are very crowded, so you have to stand. Tickets from Colombo are purchased at the station in the window of No. 10 an hour before departure, no advance sales.
In Negombo trains arrive from several railway stations, so you can choose where to go. Is the main railway station, Negombo (on the map), Kattuwa (on the map) and Kochchikade (on the map). Closest to the tourist district Kattuwa station, where the most hotels are within walking distance. From the main station Negombo Railway to get to the tourist area for 250 rupees by tuk-tuk.
By the way, the trains also stop at the station Katunayake south, which is linked to the terminal of the Bandaranaike international airport just 2 kilometers.
From other cities
The bus to Negombo can be reached from many other cities of Sri Lanka. There are flights to/from Kandy, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa, North to Kalpitiya; to Kurunegala, from where you can bus in all the cities of Central Sri Lanka. To the southern cities and beaches in the country better to go through Colombo. From virtually anywhere in the country to reach Negombo by bus during daylight hours, even if the route will pass with transfers.
But the timetable in Negombo available for online booking:
Urban transport, how to travel around Negombo
The town is small and if you will not take the time to navigate it completely on foot.
Outside of the tourist district (street Lewis place) on the main roads buses run, but use them to move around the city makes no sense. Besides buses, public transport in the city is missing, and at long distances it can be navigated by tuk-tuk at a bargain price. One ride from the tourist area to the city centre or bus/train station is 250 rupees.
In Negombo you can rent a motorbike to explore the area, or even around the island. Rent a motorcycle from 1200 rupees per day depending on capacity and condition of the bike, but most often asking 1500. If you take a long time, don't forget to ask for a discount, and generally should be traded.
Bicycle rental - 120-150 rupees a day.