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How to get to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka (officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, and formerly as Ceylon) is located off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean.

The most convenient route to Sri Lanka is to fly into Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), which is located 32km (20mi) north of the commercial capital, Colombo.


Flight times to Sri Lanka

The following are the most convenient flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

From the United States: Delta, Korean Air, Qatar Airways and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Sri Lanka.

Atlanta to Sri Lanka is 20 hrs 12 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Sri Lanka is 18 hrs 10 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Sri Lanka is 20 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Sri Lanka is 21 hrs 50 mins, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Sri Lanka is 18 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Sri Lanka is 21 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Sri Lanka is 21 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air India, KLM and SriLankan Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Sri Lanka.

Toronto to Sri Lanka is 18 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Sri Lanka is 18 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to Sri Lanka is 19 hrs, with connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, SriLankan Airlines, Emirates and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Sri Lanka.

Adelaide to Sri Lanka is 13 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Sri Lanka is 13 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Sri Lanka is 13 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Sri Lanka is 10 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Perth to Sri Lanka is 10 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: SriLankan Airlines, Qantas and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Sri Lanka.

Auckland to Sri Lanka is 16 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: SriLankan Airlines, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines offer the most convenient nonstop flights to Sri Lanka.

Singapore to Sri Lanka is 3 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From the United Kingdom: SriLankan Airlines offers the most convenient nonstop daily flights to Sri Lanka.

London to Sri Lanka is 10 hrs 45 min, direct flight


From France: Air France, KLM and Qatar Airways offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Sri Lanka.

Paris to Sri Lanka is 12 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), also known as Katunayake Airport and Colombo International Airport, is located 32km (20mi) north of Colombo.

Major hotels and resorts can meet quests on arrival by prior arrangement. The beach resort of Bentota is a 90-minute drive away.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. A visa is required and is issued on arrival for a stay of up to 30 days. It is possibly to get an extension up to 90 days.


Getting Around

Taxis and three-wheelers (tuk-tuks) are plentiful. Self-drive hire cars are available; and it’s common to hire a car and driver. You can also hire motorcycles and bicycles.

Public transport – bus and train – is convenient and inexpensive but usually very crowded. Private air-conditioned intercity buses travel all the major routes.


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Latest update: How to get to Sri Lanka : 4 June, 2019


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