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Unassuming Sri Lanka sometimes goes unnoticed, with popular neighbours like India and the Maldives taking all the glory. But it’s got more culture, wildlife and adventure than both of those places—not to mention the incredible food. Skip the well-trodden path and book flights to Colombo, the country’s capital, for a blend of customs even more complex than a cup of Sri Lankan tea.
You may have heard of the tuk-tuk, an adventure on three wheels. In Sri Lanka they’re called “tri-shaws”, and they’re your new best friend. Hop in a cab for the 30km drive south from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to hotels in Colombo, then tri-shaw it from there. Not in the mood for adventure? Taxis offer a smooth ride city-wide.
In the morning, drop your bags at your hotel and grab a coffee—or more likely a Ceylon tea. When the temples open, just take your pick. Sri Kaileswaram is an impressive Hindu temple, while Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important Buddhist shrines in the country. Really, you’ll probably spend all afternoon exploring the interesting mix of religions here.
Got one of the Colombo flights arriving in the evening? No worries. The temples are even more impressive at night.
Pack a picnic and watch the sunset at Galle Face Green, a huge oceanside park filled with kite flyers, day trippers and food vendors. On second thought, don’t pack a picnic. Just take a walk and order up fresh pineapple, vegetable kottu and fish curry from the food stalls. Looking for more time on the sand? Our Maldives holiday packages, an hour-and-a-half flight west, have you covered.
One thing is guaranteed when you make Sri Lanka your next holiday destination: Wotif will find you the best cheap flights to Colombo on the web. The friendly locals and fascinating heritage you’ll encounter will take it from there.
Cancellation policies vary across airlines, but many still travel to highly impacted areas. Dates may change frequently across Colombo as the situation unfolds, so it’s important for travellers to check in with their airline if they have an upcoming flight. Please visit the customer service portal to learn more about your flight policy surrounding COVID-19.
Get cheap flights to Colombo from as low as AU$707 one way or AU$1,216 roundtrip right here with Wotif. Need somewhere to stay once you get there? Relax with our price promise. Find a lower price on a hotel or package online up to 24-hours prior to check in and we'll refund the difference.
Airlines serving to Colombo are Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia. You can choose your preferred airline and also departure/arrival times that match your needs.
Here’s an insider tip: Sunday is typically the cheapest day to fly! Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2019, we found that flights departing on a Sunday generally had the lowest average price, closely followed by flights on a Monday. You might want to think twice about flying on a Saturday too; generally, our data showed that it had the highest average ticket price.
Guess what? Boring old Wednesday really is the best day to score the cheapest plane tickets. Looking at flight demand on Wotif in 2019, we found that flights purchased on a Wednesday had the lowest airfares on average. Booking your plane ticket on a Sunday also seems to score pretty good deals. However, airfares purchased on a Saturday generally have a higher than average ticket value, so you might want to prepare your budget if you’re booking on a weekend.
When comparing airfares booked through Wotif in 2019, our data shows October is one of the cheapest months to fly. On the other hand, the December holiday period can be one of the most expensive times to travel, with the highest average ticket price, so it’s best to get in early during peak periods.
Trying to figure out how early you should book your flight? It’s possible to start comparing international airfares on Wotif up to 12 months in advance. However, it does depend on the carrier as not all airlines release their prices that far out. According to Wotif’s 2019 flight demand trends, last minute planners can still bag a bargain with some of the cheapest airfares appearing 1-3 weeks prior to travel.
Looking for clever ways to save on your next trip? Try mixing and matching airlines and fare types. Our data tells us, travellers who booked flights on Wotif in 2019 saved close to 55% off their airfare, when their return flights consisted of two different airlines or fare types.
*According to flight demand on Wotif.com from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.
Singapore Airlines, Qantas Airways, Cathay Pacific, Virgin Australia
Welcoming, well positioned with views over Colombo lake yet Quiet and self contained if you don’t want to venture into the tuk tuk town. The showers were fantastic and the bed excellent sleeping.
Like a little resort quite close to central Colombo. Maintains a colonial era feel. An historic building and part of Sri Lanka’s story. Friendly, helpful staff. An excellent breakfast with a wide variety of options.
Located in Kollupitiya, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Galle Face Green and Colombo City Centre. Gangaramaya Temple and Bally's Casino are also within 2 mi (3 km).
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on Wotif.com from , as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.