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Airports in Sri Lanka

Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

Overview

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.

Location

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.

Time

GMT +6.

Contacts

Tel: +940 (0)11 225 2861.

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Colombo Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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