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Bandaranaike International Airport

The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is the main airport in Colombo and is approximately 30 kilometers North of the city center. It is one of the two airports near Colombo where the other is the Ratmalana Airport that primarily serves domestic destinations. So, if you are flying from overseas, you will be landing at the Bandaranaike International Airport which can be busy at certain times but with recent renovations that took place, it has geared up to serve the visitors better.

The Colombo Airport is well organized with signboards and directions marked very clearly in English as well as Tamil and Sinhala. There is very little chance of you getting lost at the airport but even if you do, you can always seek the help from one of the many friendly staff who will be more than happy to guide you. The airport is equipped with free Wi-Fi, has many restaurants and also a duty-free shopping center that sells chocolates, consumer electronics, leather bags and essential travel accessories at very affordable prices. Ask the sales staff about some of the exclusive deals that they usually have on offer.

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Transport to/from the city center

You will have the option of leaving Colombo Airport to the city either by a taxi, bus or train. There are plenty of taxis parked outside the departures lounge and you will have no problem finding one. If you are accompanied by your family, it is best that you opt for a taxi as it can be a more cost-effective option and more convenient too.

However, if you choose to use the public transport, you can get on the bus which can get you to Fort within 45 minutes through the Expressway. The buses run every half an hour daily from 5:30AM to 6:30PM so if you need to get to the airport outside these times, you will need to get a taxi. This is a much cheaper option compared to the taxi and a good option if you’re traveling alone.

Make sure you get well ahead in time if you are to catch a flight taking into the account the Colombo traffic. There are also many ride-sharing services that have come up that lets you book taxis from Colombo Airport to get to the city center. This can be a very useful option if you are traveling alone. Alternatively, you can hire one of our local hosts to transfer you from the Colombo Airport to get to the city center. The drive to the city center through the expressway should take you about 20-30 minutes depending on the traffic.

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Chris Duneeshya
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Best Cooking Lesson in Sri Lanka

Duneeshya is a friendly host and more than just cooking, her class is a great intro into the place of food in the culture and history of Sri Lanka. And delicious!

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francis Prasanna
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Colombo to Historical Galle City in 1 Day

Prasanna was excellent. We met at the port gate exactly on time, once introductions were over he listened to what we want of the day , agreed on a plan and off we went , nice very clean vehicle and a good driver very informative pleasant man, he knows Sri Lanka and kept us entertained, nothing was too much trouble. We asked to eat at a sea side fish restaurant he found the perfect place 10 out of 10. He picked us up at 8.30 am and delivered us back to our ship about 8pm a very full and enjoyable day. Cost £87 this trip was so under-priced, Our ship Splendida wanted several hundred pounds for the same day out.

This was the first time we have used Withlocals, the first of many in the future.

Thanks again Prasanna. Francis M

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James Prasanna
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Colombo to Kandy in 1 Amazing Day with a Local

Four of us took the Kandy tour with Prassana in his Toyota Hi-ace. The vehicle was very comfortable for such a long journey. Collection from our hotel was prompt. The tour itself was good even though it was very busy owing to it being a bank holiday. We ate local food at a local restaurant which was very nice. Prassana was knowledgeable, polite and a good and safe driver. The journey back was very long because of the traffic. The only suggestion would be to include more of a walk around the old town to fully take in the town's character.