Cost of Living
Sri Lankan Rupee
US$6.00 and higher
US$30 and higher
Colombo is still an economical city to travel throughout the city. Budget visitors
can comfortably pay less than US$20.00 per night by staying in standard
share or double rooms, travelling around by bus and not spending too
much on food. Up the scale, add US$5 or $10 for staying in
rest houses, or spend around US$100 per night if you want
the luxury treatment.
Travellers' cheques can be changed at the main banks without any problems.
Banks will offer a better rate for travellers' cheques; however, it is
advised to carry cash with you when you can't get to a bank. Various money changers are also available in Colombo. US dollars are the most
accepted currency. ATM's are very common. Credit cards are widely
accepted; Mastercard and Visa cash withdrawals may be possible at the main
A 10% service charge will be included in almost all accommodation or restaurant
bills in the middle and top ranges, so tipping is not necessary, although those serving you will probably not see much of it. Hotel
bellboys generally get about Rs 10-20 for a heavy bag.
are widely available in Colombo. Find out what the approximate cost is and
then come to a mutual compromise. Shouting or losing your temper
won't get you anywhere.