Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka – Image courtesy of beyondinsrilankatravel.com

How to get to Sri Lanka

Formerly known as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is located off the southern tip of India in the Indian Ocean. The most convenient route is to fly into Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport.

Singapore Airways and Emirates fly daily to Colombo from Singapore.

Getting to Sri Lanka

From Australia: The most convenient 1-stop flights to Colombo, include a brief layover in either Singapore or Kuala Lumpur, is from Sydney on Singapore Airlines via Singapore; from Melbourne on Emirates, Qantas or Singapore Airlines via Singapore; from Brisbane on Singapore Airlines or Qantas via Singapore connecting with Sri Lankan Airlines; and from Perth on Malaysian Airlines via Kuala Lumpur or Singapore Airlines via Singapore offer the quickest routes.

From New Zealand: The most convenient 1-stop flights are via Kuala Lumpur on Malaysia Airlines connecting with Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo; or via Singapore on Singapore Airlines.

From the UK: Sri Lankan Airlines flies three times weekly direct to Colombo from London Heathrow. Kuwait and Qatar Airways offer 1-stop flights via Kuwait and Doha.

From the USA: From New York, the most convenient 1-stop flights are via Doha on Qatar Airways or on Emirates via Abu Dhabi. From Los Angeles, the most convenient 1-stop flights are via Zurich on Swiss Air or on Virgin Atlantic via London Heathrow and connecting with Sri Lankan Airlines to Colombo.

Flight time to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Singapore to Colombo is 3 hrs 55 min, direct flight

Brisbane to Colombo is 12 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Colombo is 12 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Colombo is 12 hrs 25 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Colombo is 10 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Colombo is 16 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Colombo is 10 hrs 45 min, direct flight
New York to Colombo is 18 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to Colombo is 21 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
(ˆIncludes layover time.)

Flying in

Colombo's Bandaranaike international airport is 30km north of the city. Major hotels and resorts can meet quests on arrival. The beach resort of Bentota is a 90-minute drive away. Major resorts meet passengers with transportation.

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 : 2 January, 2019


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