Stuck on a layover at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Sri Lanka? This airport is Sri Lanka’s only international airport and is the hub of SriLankan Airlines. The Bandaranaike airport is located roughly 22 miles from Colombo which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Sri Lanka layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck in the airport during your Sri Lanka layover, you can find plenty to do. The airport offers a variety of shopping and dining options as well as WiFi (click here for more information and steps on how to connect).
There are a number of lounges at the Sri Lanka airport for your layover wait. The Silk Route Lounge caters to first class passengers. There’s also the Lotus Lounge for first class passengers, the Araliya for business class passengers, and the Executive Lounge that you can access for a $10 per person charge for 3 hours.
In addition, the airport offers pet assistance, and the following services: banks and currency exchange in the departure and arrival areas, post office located in the arrival porch and open 24 hours, telephone booths, child care in the transit area, and a medical center in the arrival baggage area. Information desks can be found on the first floor of the transit area and in the arrival and departure areas.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are many hotels of varying price points nearby in Colombo. For a search engine that compares hotel prices in the area, click here.
If you’re planning on leaving the airport and traveling into Colombo, Sri Lanka during your layover, there are many transportation options. Taxis are available and you can pre-order an airport taxi from the counter in the arrival lobby. Click here for taxi rates. In addition, buses are available at the airport, as well as a shuttle bus that operates every 15 minutes from the terminal to the main bus station.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions For Things To Do On A Sri Lankan Layover:
Looking to grab a bite or do some shopping? Pettah is Colombo’s main bazaar filled with all sorts of goods and crafts. Beware of pickpockets! And be sure to bargain!
Located in the Beira Lake, the Gangaramaya Temple is one of Colombo’s most famous landmarks, and is a picturesque Buddhist complex. There are often events at the temple – visit their website for upcoming happenings. http://www.gangaramaya.com/
South of Colombo is the Mt. Lavinia Beach Resort, located up against the Indian Ocean. The resort is one of the most famous in Sri Lanka, as is the resorts in Negombo. Stop by for an overnight stay or a stroll on the beach.
For a good look at Sri Lankan wildlife and birds, stop by the Dehiwala Zoo where you can see big cats, primates and over 500 varieties of marine life.
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