The only international airport in Sri Lanka, Colombo Bandaranaike Airport is located in Katunayake, 20 miles (32km) outside of Colombo. The primary base for Sri Lankan Airlines and budget carrier Mihin Lanka, most flights to Colombo Bandaranaike Airport come from various cities in India as well as destinations in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe.
The facilities at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport are basic but good, including hot showers and porter services, and a good selection of duty-free shops. There is only one restaurant, however passengers can relax in air-conditioned day rooms to beat the heat.
While the airport itself is fairly pleasant, most travellers report a stressful experience taking public transport into Colombo, and first-time visitors are advised to spend the extra money for a private taxi.
The airport is situated 20 miles (32km) from the city of Colombo.
Getting to the city
Most hotels and tour operators offer transport from the airport; if possible confirm in advance. Buses and taxis are available, and there is a train station close to the airport, but visitors are advised to arrange their own transportation.
Tel: +940 (0)11 225 2861.
Cars can be hired with a driver through most tour operators, otherwise there are several car rental agencies such as Abans and Nambo available.
Facilities at the airport include a bank, post office, business lounge, restaurants, snack bars, a bar and a duty-free shop.
There are two main parking lots at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport: the terminal lot is more expensive, while the remote lot, located 300 metres from the terminal, charges substantially less. There are additional charges for vans, double cabs and jeeps.
Flights to Colombo Bandaranaike Airport are provided by Cathay Pacific, AirAsia, Oman Air, Air India, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Emirates, and Qatar Airways.
There are Sri Lanka Telecom wifi hotspots located throughout the airport.
Colombo Bandaranaike Airport has a business centre in the transit hall offering phone, fax and copying services. There are an additional four private airline lounges for business and first-class passengers.
Colombo Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.