Car Rental at Bandaranaike International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Colombo in Sri Lanka is one of the most important cities in the South Asian continent, and travellers will surely have fun exploring the place that is filled with evidences of a colourful past. They may do this by renting cars – and what better way to find one than Skyscanner? Skyscanner lets its users search car rental companies for free, and contact them directly through the information as provided on-site.
Where to rent a car at Bandaranaike International Airport
Currently, the only confirmed car rental provider operating within Bandaranaike International Airport of Colombo, Sri Lanka is Sixt and Europcar. The car rental counters at the airport are located near the Arrivals Hall. Other local car rental providers serving the city of Colombo include Malkey Car Rental, Summer Sky Tours, Peking Rent a Car Service, Casons Rent-a-car, Rajagiriya Car Rental, and many others. Europcar, Sixt, and Budget also have locations in the city centre.
What to expect when renting a car from Bandaranaike International Airport
Bandaranaike International Airport is situated in Negombo, approximately 35 kilometres or 22 miles north of Colombo. It is served by the high-speed road E03 Colombo-Katunayake Expressway towards Colombo. The airport is also accessible via the Veyangoda Road, which connects it to the Nengombo-Colombo Main Road and the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway.
Driving around Bandaranaike International Airport
Most roads in Colombo are expressway grade arterial road routes, such as the Southern Expressway from Kottawa to Matara, the Colombo-Katunayake Expressway in the Colombo metropolitan area, and the Colombo Outer Circular Highway orbital bypass (Arthur C. Clarke Expressway). Highways that connect the city to other parts of Sri Lanka include the A1 highway to Kandy, A2 highway to Galle, A3 highway to Negombo, and A4 highway to Ratnapura.
Getting to your destination
One of the greater landmarks in the area, Seema Malakaya or the “gathering hall” for monks resides by the Lake Beri with a magnificent view. It is especially beautiful during the festive Wesak season, when the temple is adorned with beautiful decorations and lights that are reflected in the water. Its Buddha statues are also a marvel. Reach Seema Malakaya by driving through the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway all the way to the Colombo – Kandy Road and towards the Sir James Pieries Mawatha area in central Colombo. Tolls are to be expected.
Also known as the Sri Lanka National Museum, the National Museum of Colombo is the largest museum in Colombo. Among its exhibits are the regalia of the 17th century Kandyan Kings. Reach the museum by driving through the Colombo – Katunayake Expressway and towards the Colombo – Kandy Road. From there, take Ven Baddegama Wimalawansa Mawatha to Albert Cres in Colombo to reach the museum.
The Kelaniya Raja Vihara, or simply the Kelaniya temple, is a famous temple some seven kilometres from Colombo. Grand and labyrinthine, the temple has a dramatic past that is tainted by Indian invaders, Portuguese conquistadors, and even the Dutch, who restored it in the 18th century to be able to order curry flavours locally. It is believed that Buddha himself visited the site of this temple on his third visit to Sri Lanka. Take Veyangoda Rdand Canada Friendship Rd/AB9 to Colombo - Katunayake Expy/E03 and then Follow Colombo - Katunayake Expy/E03 to Wattala. Exit from Colombo - Katunayake Expy/E03 and then take Waragoda Road to the destination.