Moving Around in Sri Lanka

Moving Around in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a small island. You can walk through most of the cities. For moving around in large cities and intercity transport, you can choose multiple options available in the country. You can commute with all the modern and traditional transportation ways including copter services.

Cabs and Taxis

Cabs and Taxi services are available in major cities only. Cab companies are concentrated in big cities like Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna. Taxi rates vary as with non-metered taxis, the rate depends upon your bargaining skills. On average, a taxi must not cost over Rs. 150 per kilometer. With meter taxi, you can escape the hustle of bargaining as these taxis move on fixed and controlled rates (also, in Sri Lanka, taxi drivers do not temper their meters). Most taxi companies provide intercity services also. You can find good taxi contact here. Three wheels transport is also an interesting choice with a touch of local culture. You can find trishaws and auto rickshaws in every nook and corner of the country. These are cheap commutes. Average fare of three wheelers ranges between 70 to 100 rupees.


Public transport mainly comprises buses, tuk-tuks ad trishaws. Bus routes are diverse and buses go to every corner of the country. Because of low purchasing power of local people, buses are cheap and average fare is way less than the other available option. There are mainly two types of buses, red colored government-run buses and any-color private buses. Government buses comply with bus timetable and do not follow ‘wait for more passengers’ policy. Another division among these buses is AC/non-AC and comfortability. Most buses are very uncomfortable, and you cannot carry heavy luggage or small children with you on a bus. As a conclusion, buses are cheaper with better outreach in the country but there is no strict public transport timetable causing confusion and wastage of time.


Trains offer a unique opportunity to capture the scenery of this beautiful tropical country. The Colombo-Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Badulla railway line is especially recommended. For railway inquiry, dial 1919 for state railways helpline. State railway provides train availability and train reservation services. You can also search train timetables and book train tickets with them. For more information for online train ticket booking, visit this blog and Mobitel ticketing.


Air travel is fairly advanced in Sri Lanka. You can hire helicopters as well as other airplanes. Due to low traffic, small planes are used in inter-city flights. A wide array of airplanes use water, land and runway for plane landing. Cinnamon Air, Fly Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan Airline services are a few of options you can use to fly around the scenic country.
Moving around in Sri Lanka can be the best part of your tour. A perfect plan would be; to hire a cab from the airport to the hotel room, taking trishaw for an inner city tour, train for hitching southern coastal belt and flying upon the Kandyan kingdom. Moving around the island is pretty cheap except the copter services. Using in-land and public conveyance, you can best explore local culture.

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