Colombo Airport otherwise known as Bandaranaike Airport is the island’s main international airport and its national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines has a daily flight from London Heathrow
. Colombo Airport serves as the starting point for many travelers exploring the beauty and cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. From the bustling capital city of Colombo with its vibrant markets and historical sites to the ancient cities of Sigiriya and Anuradhapura, and the serene beaches of the south, the airport provides convenient access to the diverse attractions the country has to offer. Located in Katunayake, approximately 35 kilometers north of the capital city of Colombo, the airport serves as a major hub for air travel in the country.
Those who have driven in Sri Lanka before, or are experienced drivers, should be able to handle the roads of Colombo. Traffic may be heavy and an array of vehicles through the city can add to the challenge. But this is mostly concentrated within urban areas. Don't forget you'll need to use your horn if you want other drivers to acknowledge your presence and, as a friendly reminder, it's important to keep in mind that in Sri Lanka cars must stay on the left side of road just like driving in the UK or Australia.
The airport is 22 miles from the city and in bad weather, such as in the monsoon season, many flights arriving at night recommend that the passengers stay overnight in the nearest city, Negombo.