Information & Facts
There are two main parking lots at Colombo Bandaranaike Airport:
the terminal lot charges LKR 150, while the remote lot, located 300
metres from the terminal, charges only LRK 50. There are additional
charges for vans, double cabs and jeeps.
Cars can be hired with a driver through most tour operators,
otherwise there are several car rental agencies such as Abans and
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.
Facilities at the airport include a bank, post office, business
lounge, restaurants, snack bars, a bar and a duty-free shop.
Most people speak Sinhala, which is the national and
official language. Tamil is also spoken, and English is spoken at
most tourist establishments.
The unit of currency is the Sri Lanka Rupee (LKR), which is
divided into 100 cents. Major credit cards are widely accepted, and
travellers cheques in US Dollars are recommended. ATMs are becoming
more common, but outside the main cities they are unlikely to
accept international cards. Credit cards should be used with
caution due to the potential for fraud. Foreign currency can be
exchanged at bureaux de change, banks and hotels, but exchanging
cash is more expensive than exchanging travellers cheques. Banks
are closed on Sundays.
Local time is GMT +5.30.