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Sri Lanka Car Rental Mini Guide

You are allowed to drive a rental car in Sri Lanka as a non-resident, however you are required to obtain a temporary Sri Lankan driving license. An international driving permit is not sufficient. You can obtain the temporary licence from Colombo.

Although many of the locals drive around on three wheeled tuk-tuks, rental cars are the recommended form of transport as they are cheaper and less prone to road accidents.   Renting a car in Sri Lanka is the most comfortable and easiest way to get around this large island in the Indian Ocean and yes, it is safe. As driving standards and road conditions can leave a little to be desired, hiring a car with a driver is a popular option and for those a little concerned about the safety of driving in Sri Lanka represents a great option and is still very affordable.

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean which is famed for its beautiful beaches and for the production of tea, coffee, coconuts, and rubber. It is situated about thirty kilometres south of India.

Cheapest car hire in Sri Lanka

Hyundai Eon

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 30.99 EUR/day
Hyundai Eon

7 Days rental at 216.96 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.37 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 324.64 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda Demio

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 46.37 EUR/day
Mazda Demio

7 Days rental at 324.64 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Sunny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Nissan Sunny

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 3

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Mazda 3

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Sunny

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Nissan Sunny

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Sunny

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Nissan Sunny

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 3

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Mazda 3

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Sunny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Nissan Sunny

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan Sunny

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Nissan Sunny

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Mazda 3

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Mazda 3

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan Sunny

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 37.63 EUR/day
Nissan Sunny

7 Days rental at 263.47 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Nissan March

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Nissan March

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 33.99 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 237.98 EUR from 20/03/2023

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.79 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 558.55 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.88 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 601.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.88 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 601.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.88 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 601.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.88 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 601.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.88 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 601.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 85.88 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 601.19 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 113.74 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 796.18 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Previa

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 113.74 EUR/day
Toyota Previa

7 Days rental at 796.18 EUR from 20/03/2023

  1 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 295.33 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 295.33 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 295.33 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 295.33 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 295.33 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Corolla

5 Adults, 4 Doors

From 42.19 EUR/day
Toyota Corolla

7 Days rental at 295.33 EUR from 20/03/2023

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.12 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 413.85 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.12 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 413.85 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.12 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 413.85 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.12 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 413.85 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 47.65 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 333.57 EUR from 20/03/2023

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 69.18 EUR/day
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

7 Days rental at 484.29 EUR from 13/12/2021

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Top tips when hiring a car in Sri Lanka

  • Drive on the LEFT side of the road in Sri Lanka, the steering wheel is on the right side of the car
  • The majority or rental cars in Sri Lanka are automatic, making driving just that little bit easier for most
  • The alcohol limit to drive in Sri Lanka is 60mg (0.06% BAC)
  • Speed limits are posted in KM/H, the maximum on the island is 120km/h
 

Popular car hire destinations in Sri Lanka

Laws and rules of the road when driving in Sri Lanka

  •  

    L

    Road Driving Side

  •  

    50kph

    Urban speed Limit

  •  

    70kph

    Rural Speed Limit

  •  

    100kph

    Motorway Speed Limit

  •  

    LKR  244.20/Ltr

    Current Petrol Price

  •  

    60mg

    Drink Drive Limit

  •  

    LKR

    Currency

  •  

    YES

    Tolls

  •  

    21

    Min Rental Age

    18

    Min Driving Age

  •  

    Front and Rear

    Seatbelts

  •  

    Fixed and Mobile

    Speed Cameras

  •  

    Hands Free Only

    Mobile Phones

Average prices per day for car hire in Sri Lanka

ItemPercent
January€ 71
February€ 73
March€ 62
April€ 56
May€ 59
June€ 56
July€ 61
August€ 62
September€ 49
October€ 49
November€ 46
December€ 81
ItemPercent
January€ 56
February€ 57
March€ 50
April€ 43
May€ 45
June€ 44
July€ 44
August€ 45
September€ 33
October€ 34
November€ 31
December€ 81
ItemPercent
January€ 135
February€ 123
March€ 123
April€ 105
May€ 109
June€ 103
July€ 114
August€ 112
September€ 112
October€ 110
November€ 102
December€ 127
ItemPercent
January€ 112
February€ 100
March€ 94
April€ 78
May€ 81
June€ 80
July€ 90
August€ 91
September€ 82
October€ 78
November€ 67
December€ 105
ItemPercent
January€ 200
February€ 167
March€ 169
April€ 139
May€ 144
June€ 142
July€ 147
August€ 149
September€ 150
October€ 150
November€ 107
December€ 189
ItemPercent
January€ 53
February€ 53
March€ 48
April€ 42
May€ 44
June€ 42
July€ 45
August€ 45
September€ 36
October€ 35
November€ 33
December€ 76
ItemPercent
January€ 164
February€ 146
March€ 149
April€ 121
May€ 125
June€ 120
July€ 128
August€ 128
September€ 132
October€ 131
November€ 93
December€ 157
ItemPercent
January€ 171
February€ 163
March€ 161
April€ 154
May€ 171
June€ 154
July€ 155
August€ 157
September€ 166
October€ 147
November€ 136
December€ 174

Select category to see average car hire prices in Sri Lanka

*average daily rates based on 7 day rental, search for today's best prices.

Fuel prices in Sri Lanka

DieselUnleaded
Feb , 2022

€ 0.53

€ 0.91

Mar , 2022

€ 0.56

€ 0.90

Apr , 2022

€ 0.50

€ 0.81

May , 2022

€ 0.79

€ 1.02

Jun , 2022

€ 1.03

€ 1.16

Jul , 2022

€ 1.23

€ 1.47

Aug , 2022

€ 1.17

€ 1.47

Sep , 2022

€ 1.21

€ 1.51

Oct , 2022

€ 1.20

€ 1.42

Nov , 2022

€ 1.13

€ 1.39

Dec , 2022

€ 1.12

€ 1.33

Jan , 2023

€ 1.03

€ 1.29

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Jan , 2023 1.03 1.29
Dec , 2022 1.12 1.33
Nov , 2022 1.13 1.39
Oct , 2022 1.20 1.42
Sep , 2022 1.21 1.51
Aug , 2022 1.17 1.47
Jul , 2022 1.23 1.47
Jun , 2022 1.03 1.16
May , 2022 0.79 1.02
Apr , 2022 0.50 0.81
Mar , 2022 0.56 0.90
Feb , 2022 0.53 0.91

Car rental price statistics in Sri Lanka

  • € 216.93
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 162.89
    Highest daily price:
    Mitsubishi Montero
  • 204
    Total cars available
     
  • 24
    Most popular model:
    Nissan Sunny
  • 44
    Location with most cars:
    Colombo Bandaranayake - Airport
  • € 31.0 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    SIXT - Colombo Bandaranayake - Airport

FAQs about car hire in Sri Lanka

How much does it cost to hire a car in Sri Lanka?

Car hire in Sri Lanka starts from just €31.00 per day for a (mini) class car from Sixt. The average price to hire a car in Sri Lanka is just €74.40 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Sri Lanka is a Toyota Prado car for a (luxury) class from Sri lanka rent a car costing €162.90 per day.

How do I get a free additional driver when hiring a car in Sri Lanka?

We often have special offers on car hire in Sri Lanka including free additional drivers, for example, is offering free additional driver and express check-in at for €0.00 per day.

Why is car hire so cheap in Sri Lanka?

Car hire prices in Sri Lanka are kept low thanks to the 3 car hire companies across the country. With over 6 car hire locations and 336 car hire options available, competition keeps prices low in Sri Lanka.

Who is the best car hire company in Sri Lanka?

Based on over reviews from recent car hire customers, the best car hire agency in Sri Lanka Is who score on average /10 across all locations in Sri Lanka.

What is the most popular car hire location in Sri Lanka?

The most popular locations to hire a car in Sri Lanka is Colombo Bandaranayake - Airport with 3 car hire companies and 44 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Sri Lanka?

Current fuel prices in Sri Lanka are €1.292/ltr for petrol and €1.026/ltr for diesel as of 9 January 2023, it’ll cost on average €52 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €41 for diesel.

What are the speed limits in Sri Lanka?

Speed limits in Sri Lanka are in km/h and are generally 56 km/h on urban roads, 72 km/h on rural roads and 120 km/h on the motorways but you should always follow local signage.

What is the cheapest car hire company in Sri Lanka?

Sixt is the cheapest car hire company in Sri Lanka offering a (mini) class car such as the Hyundai Eon for as little as €217.00 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Sri Lanka?

The most popular car hire category in Sri Lanka is the Hyundai Tucson available from 2 car hire companies in over 6 locations.

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