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, 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 are a few fast-food oulets and one restaurant, and 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 travellers should 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: +94 112 264 444.
Cars can be hired with a driver through most tour operators, otherwise car rental agencies such as Sixt and Europcar are 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, Emirates, and Qatar Airways.
Wifi is available in designated areas.
Colombo Bandaranaike Airport has a business centre in the transit hall offering phone, fax and copying services. There are additional private airline lounges for business and first-class passengers.
Colombo Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.