Cheap flights to Colombo
Colombo is the largest city on the island of Sri Lanka and is often still considered the capital as it contains the new satellite city and now official political capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Often skipped on quick trips to Sri Lanka, those who have the time to explore discover a cultural and historically rich city with a mix of modern and bomb-damaged buildings with be rewarded with a visit to Colombo. It is dotted with vibrant markets, surrounded by lush parklands and bordered by an inviting stretch of beach, and we've got budget flights to Colombo so you can check it all out for yourself.
Flights from Australia to Colombo arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Located 35 kilometres north of the city centre, it is named after a well-respected former Prime Minister of the country. Upgrades to the airport facility and urban development have had a flow-on effect to improved ground transportation, which now consists of a specific luxury bus service to the city in 30 minutes along the newly developed expressway. There's also an express rail service from the airport to the city centre. Our Universal Traveller team can arrange private transfers or give advice on travel to other destinations in Sri Lanka - just ask!
There are currently no direct flights from Australia to Colombo. A stopover will be required at your choice of some terrific Asian hotspots including Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Initial flight time to your transfer destination will be between 4 and 9 hours, depending on your departure location. From your stopover location, expect an average 3.5-hour connecting flight. Take full advantage of the opportunity and speak to your Universal Traveller consultant about accommodation, tours and holiday packages at any of the available lay-over destinations. For more details on flight paths, services, meals, refreshments and entertainment of specific airlines, take a further look at our airline guide.
Airlines that fly to Colombo
Major airlines that fly from Australia to Colombo:
Colombo Holiday Packages
Let our Universal Traveller team play the role of the TV show detective and find you the best prices on flights, accommodation, transfers, tours and more with a specially designed Colombo holiday package. This is the ideal way to have a fun-filled, high-action, low-effort holiday, while feeling confident you have got the most value for your money along the way.
Fort is the historical and commercial district of Colombo. It is surrounded by water and contains a mix of modern and colonial architecture. Lose yourself in Colombo’s ancient past at the National Museum decorated by a large stone Buddha welcoming people to the country’s finest cultural building. Get a feel of Colombo’s more recent past at the Dutch Period Museum, the Old Dutch Hospital and Wolvendaal Church. Take a step back to the trading routes of the island at Pettah Markets, specifically the Federation of Self Employees Market - a sea of spices, household products and food. Explore the past and present religious beliefs at impressive temples such as Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Gangaramaya temple. Stroll through Dehiwala Zoological Garden, hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens and beaming with all types of animals. You're spoilt for choice in Colombo.
Colombo contrasts rich colonial heritage, grand mansions and urban slums. It aches to be explored. To learn more, speak to your Student flights consultant and start planning your Colombo holiday today.
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