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Colombo Airport

General information

Colombo Airport is a major international airport in the west of Sri Lanka, named after former prime minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. Due to the growing popularity of Sri Lanka as a holiday destination, the number of passengers at Colombo Airport increases year after year (except for 2020 and 2021, due to corona). A new modern terminal is currently being built and will most likely be commissioned in 2023, around which time the new railway station of Colombo Airport will be opened too.


Where is Colombo Airport situated?

Colombo Airport is situated close to Negombo and north of the largest city (Colombo) and capital city (Sri Jayawardenapura Kotte) of Sri Lanka. The airport can be reached from Colombo via the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway E03 toll road.

How many terminals does Colombo Airport have?

The most important and busiest airport in the country has one terminal, consisting of BIA Departures and BIA Arrivals. Colombo Airport is currently being expanded and will have a new modern terminal (Pier 2, Pier 3) southwest of the current outdated terminal (Pier 1). After the opening of the new terminal in 2023, the airport’s capacity will grow from 6 to 15 million passengers per year.

Airport Map



The distance from Colombo Airport to the centre of Colombo is 33 kilometres. By car, it takes 40 minutes to get to the centre of Colombo.

From CMB Airport to Colombo City centre by Car
33 km
40 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from Colombo Airport by public transport. Visit the Colombo Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from Colombo Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of Colombo is about LKR 2800.-. Book your taxi at Colombo Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From CMB Airport to Colombo City centre by Taxi
33 km
40 min
LKR 2800.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At Colombo Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Sixt and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

Colombo Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

Do you want more information about facilities, currency exchange, services, free Wi-Fi, lounges, etc. at Colombo Airport? Check our at the airport page for a complete overview of all facilities and services at Colombo Airport.



Departures and arrivals

Looking for departure times and/or arrival times? Find the latest flight status information for flights departing from and arriving at Colombo Airport.

Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to Colombo Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at Colombo Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Sri Lankan Airlines
  • Cinnamon Air
  • AirAsia
  • Emirates
  • flydubai


Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near Colombo Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Negombo The Nature Villa and Cabanas, Negombo

Boasting a garden, The Nature Villa & Cabanas is set in Negombo, 2.6 km from St Anthony's Church. Featuring a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a terrace. At the guest house, each room has a desk.


Good wood Airport Hotel, Katunayake

Set 10 km from St Anthony's Church, Good wood Airport Hotel offers 3-star accommodation in Katunayake and has a garden, a restaurant and a bar. This 3-star hotel offers a concierge service and a tour desk.


Vivanta Colombo, Airport Garden, Negombo

Sitting on a coconut plantation beside the Negombo Lagoon, Vivanta Colombo Airport Garden features an outdoor pool and tennis courts. It also offers 2 dining options and a shopping arcade.

Hotels in Colombo

Looking for the best hotels in Colombo? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.


Hilton Colombo Hotel, Colombo

Overlooking the Indian Ocean and Beira Lake, Hilton Colombo Hotel offers direct access to Colombo’s World Trade Centre. It features an outdoor pool, 24-hour business centre and 10 dining outlets.


Wonder Hotel Colombo, Colombo

Set in Colombo, 600 metres from U.S. Embassy, Wonder Hotel Colombo features an outdoor swimming pool. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk. Free WiFi is included. All units in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV.


Cinnamon Grand Colombo, Colombo

A luxurious 5 Star City Hotel located in the center of Colombo and in the heart of tourist and commercial hubs like the World Trade Centre, National Museum and Iconic temples.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near Colombo Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!


Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

Visit the historic rock fortress of Sigiriya and explore the large cave temple complex of Dambulla on a full-day trip from Colombo with private driver. See ancient rock art and Buddha images.


West coast Beach, River Mangroves lagoon, Wildlife boat Tour

Mangrove forests are depleting fast, and can be the last opportunity to witness very rare ecological jewels with hordes of trees, plants, veins, animal species, and birds. Visit palm-fringed beaches.

Tour & transport

From Colombo: Whale Watching Tour with Breakfast & Transfers

Set off on an early morning whale watching cruise with hotel pickup from Colombo, Negombo, or Kalutara. Watch blue whales, sperm whales, killer whales, and more from your boat with a packed breakfast.


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