Travel options in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a tiny island and getting around is very convenient given its well-connected road network. It also has a decent public transportation system that can get you around making Sri Lanka travel very affordable. For an extra thrill, consider renting a tuk-tuk or a scooter to truly explore the hidden gems of Sri Lanka.

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Getting around Sri Lanka

  • Air-taxi

Though domestic travel is not very popular in Sri Lanka, you can still charter a private flight to get around the country from Colombo. You are surely going to love the scenic birds eye view of the island as you go through the natural landscapes. These range from the hills of Kandy to the coastlines of Sri Lanka! It’s surely is a luxurious experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

  • Train

Not only is it cheap to use the train to travel in Sri Lanka, but it offers some breathtaking views of the country too. From picturesque views of the natural landscape, to the remote villages, to the beautiful coastlines, train travel in Sri Lanka has it all covered. Travel like a local by sitting on the footboard while enjoying the breeze. If you’re not feeling too adventurous, grab on to a window seat so you don’t miss out on the vistas the ride has to offer!

  • Tuk-tuk

Sri Lanka travel is not complete until you get into a tuk-tuk. These three-wheeled drives are the most thrilling rides you’ll ever experience. The open-air rickshaws can take up to 3 passengers at a time. Explore the city like a true local as you discover the hidden gems of Sri Lanka. Alternatively, you could decide to rent one too if you’re brave enough to get behind the wheels. Ask your local guide to make arrangements to have one rented out for you! It certainly is the best way to explore any city. Or maybe across cities too! Why not right? Sri Lanka travel cannot get better than this!

Top day trip tours in Sri Lanka

Full Day Charming Kandy Tour: Highlights & Hidden Gems



€42.00 p.p.

Galle Day Trip: an Exotic Escape!



€49.00 p.p.

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



€83.00 p.p.

Additional Options to Travel in Sri Lanka

  • Private Car

A common way to travel in Sri Lanka would be in the comfort of a private vehicle. You could opt for your private guide to drive you around. This is especially convenient if you are travelling with your family and have an itinerary that requires travelling across several cities. With your baggage, this would be an ideal way to travel in Sri Lanka. The road network is really good and you should have no problem considering this option.

  • Bus

Sri Lanka travel boasts of a well-connected bus service that can get you around the country at a very low cost. Once you get to a city, bus travel can be a good option to travel to the outskirts or to even far away places. Local tip: Some long-distance journeys offer comfortable overnight travel in coaches. Ask your local guides about it so they can book you into one. This way you would be saving on accommodation too!

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rod Prasanna

Colombo to Historical Galle City in 1 Day

Had a good trip to Galle with Prasanna. He was easy to deal with and accommodated my requests. I wanted to have a relaxing trip, with enough time to take pictures to Galle and that's what I got. Turned out he was also the driver of another friend who went to Galle on a day trip and she wad positive feedback about him. I didn't know until I met Prasanna during the day of the trip. Will likely contact Prasanna again for future trips.

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Vicky Krishani

A customized trip with Krishani

Krish and Sanka honestly two of the best guides we have every had. We can’t say enough about you but you made our trip unforgettable and we had a fantastic tour because of what you showed us. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to see your beautiful country to tour with you. Just loved the way you 2 bent over backwards to make sure we received the best possible time at the locations we visited and experience as much of the local food as possible. Loved it and will return
Barry and Vicky ( Sydney )

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Sergei Prasanna

City Tour with a Licensed Tour Guide

We had a nice tour with Prasanna, who met us outside of where our ship disembarked. After visiting a few temples, which he was well informed about, we asked him to take us to a non touristy part of town, to show us how the locals live and eat. Most intereresting and fun to mingle with. Highly recommend.