Fantastic restaurants, a great choice of cultural sights and its very own beach make Colombo an excellent destination in its own right. Spend a few days in the city at the start or end of your holiday and experience an authentic side of life in Sri Lanka.
When to Book Flights to Colombo
With temperatures ranging between 25˚C and 35˚C throughout the year, there’s not really a bad time to book flights to Colombo. The rainiest months in the city are April, May, October and November, while the driest are generally January and February.
If you don’t mind the odd heavy downpour, you may well find that cheap flights to Colombo are easier to find during the monsoon season. However, if you’re determined to top up your tan during your stay, book your flights to the city for the winter months.
How to Find the Best Flight Deals to Colombo
Find cheap flight deals to Colombo throughout the year using Expedia. You can find the most affordable day to fly to Colombo using the ‘Show flexible dates’ link on the Expedia results page. This will reveal prices for flights either side of your selected days.
Refine your results to find the journey options that suit you best using the filters on the left of the page. These allow you to sort flights by price, duration, number of stops and airline.
UK Departures to Colombo
Main Airports in Colombo
Bandaranaike International Airport, also known as Katunayake AirportandColombo International, is the main air hub serving the city. Located around 20 miles north of the central Colombo, it offers direct services to cities across Asia and the Middle East, with seasonal services available to selected European destinations. Regular buses connect the airport with nearby destinations and taxis are also available at the terminal building.
Which Airlines Fly to Colombo?
How to Get to and Around Colombo
Colombo has a great choice of public transport options. Tuk tuks can be found on pretty much every street in the city and the local bus network offers regular services throughout central Colombo. If you want to travel in a little more comfort, catch one of the many air conditioned cabs that ply the city’s streets.
What Are the Must-sees in Colombo?
If you want to learn more about the city’s culture and history, visit The National Museum of Colombo. Packed full of eye-catching exhibitions, it offers a fascinating insight into Sri Lanka’s past.
To see a more modern side of life in the city, head to Galle Road. This busy thoroughfare is a fantastic place to enjoy local cuisine and a bit of people watching. As night draws in, go round the corner to the Galle Face Green Promenade. Every evening, families, teenagers and young couples stroll along the promenade from the Galle Road to the banks of the Indian Ocean.
Tips and Tricks for Traveling in Colombo
British passport holders need to apply for a visa before travelling to Sri Lanka. Tourist visas are valid for a maximum of 30 days.