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Getting About

There are numerous ways to travel around Sri Lanka, whether by road, rail or air. As the island is small, getting about is easy and efficient and can be done so in a couple of hours!


The most popular way to travel around whether you’re a tourist or a local. Buses are frequent and fares are quite reasonable. Travellers looking to travel across main cities should head to the Pettah Central Bus Depot to access a wide range of buses to anywhere on the island.


Trains connect the main city of Colombo to a number of tourist towns like Galle or Nuwara Eliya. Most trains have a first or second class and third-class compartments. All First and some Second-class tickets should be booked in advance.


An easy and adventurous way to travel within city limits; tuk tuks are great for those with a spirit for wanderlust and being part of a new experience. Most taxis in the cities are metered, for those that are not, remember to agree on a price beforehand.

Private Vehicle

If you have your international driving license, you can rent a vehicle or hop into a cab to get around the island. Two of the main cab companies are Uber and PickMe, and both apps can be downloaded to your phone for ease.

Domestic Flights

Beat the traffic and save time by flying across the island. Inland domestic air transfers will get you to your destination while offering stunning aerial views.