Accommodation upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport
In case you haven’t yet made a hotel reservation in advance, there is a possibility to book a hotel at the airport. All major hotel chains are represented in the arrival hall after customs, mainly four and five star hotels. They mostly include transfer from the airport to the hotel. You can also select an accommodation according to your budget from the hotel list in our website and organize a taxi at the counter. If you have traveled a long journey, it is advisable to check-in at a nearby hotel in the resort Negombo, only a 20 minutes drive from the airport, where there are plenty rooms available in all price ranges. In the immediate vicinity of the airport there are also many hotels available in different categories. Be careful if a taxi driver or tuk tuk driver tries to advice you where to stay. It is not always the best and cheapest accommodation, but based on the commission the taxi driver will get from the accommodation provider. Get well informed beforehand and make your own selection; that is the best thing you can do.
Mattala Rajapaksha International Airport
This is the second international airport in Sri Lanka, situated in south east Sri Lanka near the city of Hambantota. The airport has been opened in 2013 and is especially interesting for tourists, since it has an easy access to the Yala National Park, the religious pilgrimage town Kataragama, an easy connection to the most beautiful beaches in southern Sri Lanka and the mountains of Sri Lanka. Moreover it is the best gateway for holidaymakers destined for Arugam Bay on the south east coast. There are no public buses to and from Mattale Airport, but travel and taxi counters are available in the main lobby, which can transfer you to your final destination. There is only a restaurant within the transit area. For hotel accommodation you have to travel to the nearest resorts and towns. You can find a list of accommodations in this website.
In both airports there are banks to convert your foreign (hard) currency into Sri Lankan Rupees. There are also ATM machines to withdraw money with your bank or credit card. Stickers indicate whether the bank matches your card (Euro Master, Visa etc.).
Ratmalana Domestic Airport and other destinations within Sri Lanka (see also ‘air taxis’)
Ratmalana Airport is the third largest airport in Sri Lanka. It only serves domestic flights. It is situated close to Mount Lavinia, a famous beach resort, south of Colombo.
Most of the domestic flights are being operated by small planes, sea planes and helicopters all over Sri Lanka. Sea planes land in big lakes and lagoons. The main destinations are:
Koggala (near Galle)
Nuwara Eliya (up country)
Kandy (up country)
Arugam Bay (east coast)
Dambulla (Cultural Triangle for Sigiriya)
Anuradhapura (Cultural Triangle)
Polonnaruwa (Cultural Triangle)
Trincomalee (East Coast)
Batticaloa (East Coast)