Travel options in Colombo

Getting around Colombo is very convenient and mostly cheap, and you have so many options to choose from. Whether you are touring alone or with your family, traveling in Colombo is getting easier by the day. One of the best ways to experience Colombo travel is of course by having your local host around you. They will share tips on how to save time and money when traveling in Colombo. Below is a list of options available which can help you decide which suits you best.

Withlocals experiences in Colombo are

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a 100% taste of the city

From city highlights to hidden gems.
From food essentials to home dinners.
Our hosts share it with you.

Getting around Colombo

  • Hired Vehicle: This is the most common way to get around Colombo especially if you are traveling with your family. Make sure you’ve got the international driver’s license, so you could rent a car and drive on your own. Alternatively, you can get one of the local hosts to drive you around. Let them show you some of the hidden gems of Colombo. They will take you through the best routes to take to avoid traffic. This useful info can save tremendous amount of time on the road.
  • Bus: If you prefer public transport and don’t mind traveling like how most locals do to get around Colombo, you could take the bus which is very cheap and convenient. It’s a great way to experience the bustling sights and sounds of Colombo. On most routes, you also have the option of getting in an open-air or an air-conditioned bus if you prefer a more comfortable ride.
  • Train: Hands down, one of the best ways to travel in Colombo is in a train because not only you can avoid the traffic but also because you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the coastline. Catch a window seat so you can benefit from the view along the way but make sure you are kept aware of the peak times, so you can avoid the crowds. Ask your local host about the best time to avoid traveling in a train.

Top day trip tours in Sri Lanka

Full Day Charming Kandy Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Galle Day Trip: an Exotic Escape!

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Sri Lanka’s Best Treasures: Sigiriya Rock & Dambulla Caves

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Additional Options to Travel in Colombo

  • Tuk-Tuk: Oh tuk-tuks, how could you not go in one! You’ll see them everywhere on the road meandering through the busy streets of Colombo. Given its size, it can easily slide and work its way through the traffic making it a very thrilling and adventurous ride. If you feel like driving one on your own, ask your local host who should be able to arrange one for you.
  • Scooter/Bikes: Scooters are another popular way to travel in Colombo. If you can balance off the two-wheeled ride, why not give it a try. It’s very convenient and cheap too and can help you discover the hidden parts of the city very easily. Can’t ride a scooter? Don’t be upset, as a local host will be able to take you around while you relax and enjoy the thrilling ride at the back seat.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
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Chris Duneeshya
Rating

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!

Withlocals guest
Withlocals host
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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

Withlocals guest
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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.