Costs Of Travelling Around Sri Lanka Costs Of Travelling Around Sri Lanka Explore


Sri Lanka caters to all types of travellers and budgets, whether you’re a luxury explorer looking for the most premium and exclusive spots on the island or a backpacker on the hunt for the best cost-saving deals, the island has a plethora of options to choose from.

Ticket prices are varied based on the entrance fee. Ensure to keep local currency on hand in change to provided to the respective counters. Accommodations payments can be made through local currency or card. Ensure to check for payment options.


From luxury hotels and resorts dotted around the island to guest houses and budget-friendly hostels, there are plenty of accommodations to choose from. Sri Lanka offers some of the most vibrant stays you can think of. Most hotels are beach front or walking distance to the beach. Bookings can be made directly to the hotel or through a booking site. Going off the beaten trail will unearth a few locations which will keep you returning. Search for accommodation in your preferred location online and you can selected based on your preferences and budget.


If you prefer to rent a private vehicle to travel around or save money while hopping on one of the public transport methods, Sri Lanka offers the luxury of choosing from either. The bus and trains are the most cost-effective way to travel while a private vehicles, and taxis will be on the higher end of the scale.

Entrance Fees

Entrance fees are applicable when visiting tickets to almost 30 cultural and historic sites can be purchases online here.  National parks permits and information can be viewed here. Museums and other popular attractions can be attained either at the gate or on-line. Funds are generally allocated for maintenance for the upkeep and preservation of the attraction.

Mobile Connection and Internet

Mobile sims can be attained at the Bandaranayke International Airport near the arrival counter. There are plenty of locations in Colombo as well to attain a local sim card which comes with internet data as well. Prepaid packages vary in price based on usage requirement. Most communications and stationary shops carry prepaid sims for purchase. Super Markets also carry prepaid sims for purchase. Below are a few telecommunication operators;

  1. Dialog 
  2. Airtel 
  3. Hutch 
  4. SLT Mobitel