Last updated on February 13th, 2021 at 04:16 pm
We will write how to get from Colombo Airport to Negombo. The distance from Bandaranaike International Airport to Negombo Beach area is 12 kilometers and 8 kilometers if you go to Negombo Bus Station. You can go by bus for less than $1 USD and hour journey, by taxi, private transportation and Uber and Pick Me apps to get transportation in Sri Lanka.
It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location for apps like Uber in Sri Lanka or Pick Me this app local uses in Sri Lanka instead Uber because it’s cheaper. Also your own sim card in Sri Lanka is important for communicating with locals and meeting other travelers. Read here Sri Lanka sim card for tourist.
COLOMBO AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
If you are getting to Sri Lanka at Colombo International Airport (Bandaranaike International Airport) you will have a few options to get from Colombo airport to Negombo by bus, taxi, Grab and private transportation. If you already booked online your prepaid Sri Lanka sim card you will have to just pick up in the airport showing your confirmed booking and your passport.
Tuk Tuk From Colombo Airport To Negombo
You can get a tuk tuk from Colombo airport to Negombo. You will have to go outside the airport since they aren’t allowed to stop inside. It will take 20 minutes drive for 8 kilometers. The tuk tuk fare is around 600-700 LKR which is $3-4 USD to reach Negombo Bus Terminal. And 800-900 LKR which is $4-5 USD.
If you want to get to the beach area in Negombo where most of the accommodation is you will have to take a local bus 4-5 kilometers far from Negombo Bus Terminal. It can be quite fast and comfortable if you are traveling 2 people.
BUS FROM COLOMBO AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
The bus from Colombo airport to Negombo at 5 30 am until 7 pm and it’s running every 30-45 minutes. You will have to walk 1 kilometer until Katunayake Bus Stop or you can get the Free Shuttle from the airport to the Bus Terminal.
The bus fare from Colombo airport to Negombo is 70 LKR which is less than $1 USD. And it will take around 45 minutes depending on the traffic. The bus will stop in the Negombo Bus Station. If you are going from Negombo Bus Station to the beach area you will have to ride another local bus 50 LKR (25 cents of USD) or a tuk tuk for 250 LKR which is $1-2 USD.
I don’t recommend this option if you are bringing so much luggage only if you are traveling alone. Since the ride is so long until the beach area and you will have to commute another bus. When you can get a tuk tuk by Pick Me or outside the airport for $3-4 USD.
TAXI FROM COLOMBO AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
You can get a taxi from Colombo airport to Negombo for 1500 LKR which is around $8-10 USD. Just make sure you agree the price and you have good negotiation skills making clear your final destination. I personally wouldn’t recommend going by taxi from Sri Lanka airport since they always try to overcharge. I would go by Pick Me or Uber since I find easier. It will take 20 minutes from Bandaranaike International Airport to Negombo to drive 12 kilometers to the beach area.
UBER AND PICK ME FROM COLOMBO AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
You can use Uber and Pick Me for transportation from Colombo airport to Negombo. These apps are so useful and they are usually cheaper than a taxi and you will know the exact price to your final destination with no overcharge. The fare from Colombo airport to Negombo can be around 600 LKR which is around $3 USD.
Pick Me is so popular between locals in Sri Lanka because it has better rates than Uber. It will take 20 minutes to get to Negombo Beach. You can ask for the ride to the airport and you don’t have to go outside like other countries that Uber it’s not allowed to pick inside the airport passengers.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM COLOMBO AIRPORT TO NEGOMBO
If you had a long flight or you are able to arrange the private transportation from Colombo airport to Negombo with your hotel or any other transfer company. It will be the most comfortable since they will pick you up with a sign until your final destination in Negombo avoiding the hassle.
WHERE TO STAY IN NEGOMBO
You can get accommodation starting from $15-20 USD for a room in a guesthouse in Negombo in the Beach area. If you are two of you traveling in Sri Lanka it will be $10 USD each. If you prefer luxury accommodation and hotels with beach views in Negombo prices starts at $80 USD. We found interesting to spend a few days in Negombo and Colombo but most of the travelers choose not to stay in the capital of Sri Lanka.
If you are looking for budget accommodation in Sri Lanka you can also try AirBnB starting from $15 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!
LOCAL TRANSPORTATION IN SRI LANKA
Transportation is incredibly cheap in Sri Lanka. Buses and train rides will cost you $3-5 USD for long distances. The most challenge thing is dealing with the tuk tuk drivers. They always try to hike up the prices especially with foreigners, just be calm if they do and ask around about how much is the usual price so you can avoid paying absurd prices for the ride. Trains and buses are super crowded and sometimes you will have to go standing for a few minutes or a few hours like riding the bus from Ella to Matara. And also the famous train ride from Kandy to Ella.
BUDGET TRAVEL IN SRI LANKA
If you decide to eat street food and local restaurants, you will find meals starting from $1-3 USD. In local places we didn’t see so much variety at night, sometimes there are jsut a few options for dinner. Our favorite meal was Kothu, Hoppers, Vegetarian Rotis and as for dessert, Pineaple Curry was our favorite one.
Juices and fresh coconut were so delicious. Prices start from $1 USD and we loved the papaya juice with lime which was served for breakfast in most of the hotels that we stayed in Sri Lanka. Beers are cheap for $1 USD and you will find them in the liquor store, my favorite one was Lion beer and it was good!
CASH AND ATM IN SRI LANKA
You will find ATMs and office where you can exchange your money almost everywhere. The exchange rate is around $1 USD for 190 Sri Lankan Rupees, and the ATM does not take commission to our card. Click the link to see the current exchange rate.
BEST TIME TO VISIT SRI LANKA
The weather in Sri Lanka can be complicated so it will be a tad bit confusing to decide when it’ll be the best to visit the country, and this is because the island is affected by two separate monsoons year-round.
But if you are heading to the west and south coasts and hill country, December to March is the best time to visit Sri Lanka. And if you’d visit the east coast, May to September will have the best weather.
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