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Cheapest car hire in Sri Lanka

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

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Car rental agent statistics in Sri Lanka

  • Total number of reviews in
    Sri Lanka
  • 3
    Most Locations in Sri Lanka:
  • Average wait time
  • 4
    Total rental companies

Average prices per day for car hire in Sri Lanka

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

Fuel prices in Sri Lanka

Month, YearDiesel €/ltrUnleaded €/ltr
Sep , 2020 0.48 0.74
Aug , 2020 0.47 0.72
Jul , 2020 0.49 0.76
Jun , 2020 0.49 0.77
May , 2020 0.51 0.79
Apr , 2020 0.50 0.77
Mar , 2020 0.50 0.78
Feb , 2020 0.53 0.82
Jan , 2020 0.52 0.80
Dec , 2019 0.51 0.79
Nov , 2019 0.52 0.81
Oct , 2019 0.52 0.80

Car rental price statistics in Sri Lanka

  • € 113.68
    Average price:
    (per week)
  • € 139.93
    Highest daily price:
    Hyundai Tucson
  • 29
    Total cars available
  • 3
    Most popular model:
    Hyundai Eon
  • 11
    Location with most cars:
    Colombo Bandaranayake - Airport
  • € 16.2 per day
    Cheapest daily price:
    CASONS - Mahinda Rajapaksa - International 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 €16.20 per day for a (mini) class car from Casons. The average price to hire a car in Sri Lanka is just €59.60 per day, whilst the most expensive hire car in Sri Lanka is a Hyundai Tucson car for a (intermediate) class from Europcar costing €139.90 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 4 car hire locations and 51 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 11 cars to choose from.

How much does fuel cost in Sri Lanka?

Current fuel prices in Sri Lanka are €0.74/ltr for petrol and €0.48/ltr for diesel as of 21 September 2020, it’ll cost on average €30 to fill an average compact class car with petrol and €19 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?

Casons is the cheapest car hire company in Sri Lanka offering a (mini) class car such as the Suzuki Alto for as little as €113.40 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 3 locations.

Sri Lanka Mini Guide

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. About 20 million people live in Sri Lanka, which is situated about 30 kilometres south of India, and many of them are Buddhists.

Sri Lanka airlines operate flights between the island’s capital Colombo and many worldwide destinations. Other airlines which fly from Katunayake airport are Qatar Airlines and Emirates. Hiring a car in Sri Lanka is absolutely necessary as there have been some terrorist attacks by the Tamil Tigers group on public transport there including the buses and trains. Advice should be sought before visiting the island but this violence has not ever been directed at tourists.

Although many of the locals drive around on three wheeled tuk-tuks, rented cars are the recommended form of transport as they are cheaper and less prone to road accidents. Unusually, rented cars in Sri Lanka often come with their own drivers.

Often the vehicle itself is free, whereas the driver will charge a fee for his services. Some of these drivers are government-licensed and are extremely knowledgeable about the island. Mostly they will be multi-lingual with a rich knowledge of the island and its environment so they are worth hiring if you want to find out a lot about Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lankan government has launched several highway projects to bolster their economy and these include the Colombo-Kandy (Kadugannawa) Expressway, the Colombo-Padeniya Expressway, the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway and the Outer Circular Highway which it is hoped will ease Colombo's traffic problems. There are also plans to build a major bridge connecting the northern city of Jaffna to the Indian city of Chennai.

Sri Lanka has a hot tropical climate though it can get quite cold in the central highlands of the island. Ideally tourists should aim to travel there to avoid the monsoon season and the hot weather leading up to it. There can also be squalls in Sri Lanka during that time of year because of cyclones in the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka is a wonderful place to go if you are interested in wildlife and was the first country in the world to set up a wildlife sanctuary. Inland there are lush forests full of mahogany and teak trees and a number of animals can be seen such as elephants, deer and all kinds of wild birds.

Sri Lanka Factfile

  • Sri Lanka used to be known as Ceylon up until 1972.
  • It is well known for the production and export of such goods as coffee, tea, coconuts and cinnamon.
  • The world's first female prime minister, Sirimavo Bandaranaike was in Sri Lanka.
  • The two official languages in Sri Lanka are Sinhalese and Tamil.
  • The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR).

Is it safe to rent a car in Sri Lanka?

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.

Can foreigners drive in Sri Lanka?

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

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Fuel Prices in Sri Lanka

  • Price of petrol in Sri Lanka in September

    € 0.74/Ltr

    ($ 0.91/Ltr | 139.87/Ltr)
  • Price of diesel in Sri Lanka in September

    € 0.48/Ltr

    ($ 0.59/Ltr | 90.73/Ltr)

Cost to fill a rental car in Sri Lanka in September

  Petrol Diesel
Economy € 29.60  ($ 36.25) | € 19.20  ($ 23.51)
Compact € 29.60  ($ 36.25) | € 19.20  ($ 23.51)
Full Size € 37.00  ($ 45.31) | € 24.00  ($ 29.39)
SUV € 44.40  ($ 54.37) | € 28.80  ($ 35.27)
Carrier € 51.80  ($ 63.43) | € 33.60  ($ 41.15)

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