We can arrange for delivery of rental cars to all five star hotels or alternatively you can arrange to collect from other locations in the city center or from Colombo airport. Colombo used to be the capital of Sri Lanka and is now the financial heartbeat of the country. The city has been an important trade route for over 2,000 years because of its large and deep harbour. Colombo is an interesting city which has had Portuguese, Dutch and British influences over the centuries.
The international airport known as Colombo Airport is actually closer to Negombo and if flights get in late, it is often recommended to stay over in Negombo before continuing the 22 mile journey the next day.
Many people pre-book a hire car for collection at Bandaranaike Airport
to get to Colombo as well as explore the island.
Driving in Colombo, the bustling capital of Sri Lanka, can be a challenging experience for those unfamiliar with its unique traffic patterns. The city's streets are often congested, particularly during rush hours, and navigating through the mix of tuk-tuks, buses, motorcycles, and cars requires patience and vigilance. Road signage is available but might not be as prevalent or clear as in Western cities. Local driving style tends to be aggressive compared to Western standards, with drivers frequently honking, overtaking, and squeezing into tight spaces. Understanding right of way is essential, as larger vehicles, like buses, often assume priority.
If one chooses to drive, a valid International Driving Permit (IDP) alongside the home country's driver's license is typically required. It's also crucial to be aware of the numerous checkpoints in and around the city, mainly a relic from the civil war era, where you might be asked for identification. Parking can be another challenge in Colombo, with limited spaces in busy areas. However, despite the challenges, driving in Colombo offers a firsthand experience of the vibrant, chaotic energy that characterizes many South Asian metropolises.