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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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.

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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

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

Arranged a 1D personalised Colombo-Kandy tour with Prasanna, who was at the airport waiting for us even though our flight landed early. It was a comfortable drive to Kandy and we appreciated the historical sharing as we visited sites around Kandy. Prasanna even did an impromptu stop at a roadside fruit stall to allow us to sample durians, which were in season! Thanks for the intro to Sri Lanka, Prasanna!

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Julie Ann Krishani
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A customized trip with Krishani

Krish and her partner Sanka spoiled me with a lot of authentic local foods. Krish has a vast of knowledge about the history, floras and faunas of sri lanka. If you like an authentic local experience then Krish is the best option you have.

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Levien Charith
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Thrilling Canyoning Adventure in Kitulgala

We asked Charith for a special trip to Kitalgula and he did not let us down!
We are a family of four and enjoyed the day in and on the water! Rafting and canoying and rafting again, and also a delicious lunch. We had two guides and they were very good, especially with our kids (age 9 and 12)
We felt save during the whole activity.