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Sri Lanka Getting There - International Travel
Sri Lanka International Travel -
Note: Visitors should avoid the north and east of the country (unless travelling with an NGO or international agency). For further information contact a local government travel department.


Sri Lanka’s national flag carrier is SriLankan Airlines (UL).

Approximate flight times

From Colombo to:

Hong Kong is 5 hours 10 min.

Seychelles is 3 hours 55 min.

Tokyo is 12 hours

International airport

Colombo Bandaranaike (CMB) (Katunayake) is 32 kilometres or 20 miles from the city.

Buses depart to the city every 30 minutes. Taxis are also available. There are trains to Maradana Station, located 1.6 kilometres or 1 mile from the city centre (travel time is about 1 hour 25 minutes).

Airport facilities include restaurant, bar, duty-free shop, snack bar, bank, post office, tourist information and car hire.

No departure tax.


International sea ports include Colombo, Galle, Talaimannar and Trincomalee.

CIT, Cunard, Holland America, P&O and Royal Viking provide passenger services to Sri Lanka.
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