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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 29.90 EUR/day
Hyundai Eon

7 Days rental at 209.34 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai Eon

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 29.90 EUR/day
Hyundai Eon

7 Days rental at 209.34 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Suzuki Swift

4 Adults, 3 Doors

From 62.67 EUR/day
Suzuki Swift

7 Days rental at 438.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.80 EUR/day
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

7 Days rental at 418.61 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 59.80 EUR/day
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

7 Days rental at 418.61 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 79.67 EUR/day
Toyota Axio

7 Days rental at 557.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.41 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 240.91 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Grand i10

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 34.41 EUR/day
Hyundai Grand i10

7 Days rental at 240.91 EUR from 21/11/2022

  2 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 83.05 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 581.39 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Hyundai H1

7 Adults, 5 Doors

From 83.05 EUR/day
Hyundai H1

7 Days rental at 581.39 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Manual |
  Yes

Toyota Prado

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 154.67 EUR/day
Toyota Prado

7 Days rental at 1082.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  5 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 84.67 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 592.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Allion

5 Adults, 3 Doors

From 94.67 EUR/day
Toyota Allion

7 Days rental at 662.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Hyundai Tucson

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 114.67 EUR/day
Hyundai Tucson

7 Days rental at 802.70 EUR from 21/11/2022

  4 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.36 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 450.52 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.33 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 457.37 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.38 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 443.67 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.38 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 443.67 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 64.36 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 450.52 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 65.33 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 457.37 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Axio Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.38 EUR/day
Toyota Axio Hybrid

7 Days rental at 443.67 EUR from 24/10/2022

  3 |
  Automatic |
  Yes

Toyota Prius Hybrid

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 63.38 EUR/day
Toyota Prius Hybrid

7 Days rental at 443.67 EUR from 24/10/2022

  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  286.35/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€ 96
February€ 73
March€ 73
April€ 56
May€ 59
June€ 56
July€ 61
August€ 62
September€ 49
October€ 49
November€ 46
December€ 66
ItemPercent
January€ 74
February€ 58
March€ 58
April€ 43
May€ 45
June€ 44
July€ 44
August€ 45
September€ 33
October€ 34
November€ 31
December€ 51
ItemPercent
January€ 158
February€ 136
March€ 136
April€ 105
May€ 109
June€ 103
July€ 114
August€ 112
September€ 112
October€ 110
November€ 102
December€ 128
ItemPercent
January€ 148
February€ 111
March€ 111
April€ 78
May€ 81
June€ 80
July€ 90
August€ 91
September€ 82
October€ 78
November€ 67
December€ 103
ItemPercent
January€ 277
February€ 189
March€ 189
April€ 139
May€ 144
June€ 142
July€ 147
August€ 149
September€ 150
October€ 150
November€ 107
December€ 175
ItemPercent
January€ 60
February€ 53
March€ 53
April€ 42
May€ 44
June€ 42
July€ 45
August€ 45
September€ 36
October€ 35
November€ 33
December€ 49
ItemPercent
January€ 184
February€ 163
March€ 163
April€ 121
May€ 125
June€ 120
July€ 128
August€ 128
September€ 132
October€ 131
November€ 93
December€ 138
ItemPercent
January€ 175
February€ 166
March€ 167
April€ 154
May€ 171
June€ 154
July€ 155
August€ 157
September€ 166
October€ 147
November€ 136
December€ 181

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
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

Jan , 2022

€ 0.53

€ 0.91

Dec , 2021

€ 0.53

€ 0.90

Nov , 2021

€ 0.49

€ 0.81

Oct , 2021

€ 0.47

€ 0.79

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
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
Jan , 2022 0.53 0.91
Dec , 2021 0.53 0.90
Nov , 2021 0.49 0.81
Oct , 2021 0.47 0.79

Car rental price statistics in Sri Lanka

  • € 209.30
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 154.67
    Highest daily price:
    Toyota Prado
  • 18
    Total cars available
     
  • 2
    Most popular model:
    Hyundai Eon
  • 12
    Location with most cars:
    Colombo Bandaranayake - Airport
  • € 29.9 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 €29.90 per day for a (mini) class car from Sixt. The average price to hire a car in Sri Lanka is just €85.40 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Sri Lanka is a Toyota Prado car for a (fullsize) class from Europcar costing €154.70 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 2 car hire companies across the country. With over 2 car hire locations and 54 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 2 car hire companies and 12 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Sri Lanka?

Current fuel prices in Sri Lanka are €1.515/ltr for petrol and €1.206/ltr for diesel as of 5 September 2022, it’ll cost on average €61 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €48 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 €209.30 per week.

What is the most popular hire car in Sri Lanka?

The most popular car hire category in Sri Lanka is the Hyundai Eon available from 1 car hire companies in over 2 locations.

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