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There are 5 ways to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) by bus, train, taxi, car or towncar

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Bus  •  45 min

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Katunayake Airport Bus Station 187-E CMB to Colombo

Rs. 130

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Train  •  2h 48m

  1. Take the train from Maradana to Katunayake Colombo / ...

Rs. 190 - Rs. 290

Taxi  •  26 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) 32.5 km

Rs. 3400 - Rs. 4100

Drive  •  26 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) 32.5 km

Rs. 490 - Rs. 750

Towncar  •  26 min

  1. Take a town car from Colombo to Colombo Airport 32.5 km

Rs. 2700 - Rs. 4900

Colombo → Colombo Airport (CMB)
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Colombo Airport (CMB) is 1912.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Colombo Airport (CMB) is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Colombo Airport (CMB) is 1 metre.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The cost-effective way to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) is to bus, which costs Rs. 130 and takes 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) is to taxi which costs Rs. 3400 - Rs. 4100 and takes 26 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal and arriving at Katunayake Airport Bus Station station. Services depart every 30 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 45 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Maradana and arriving at Katunayake. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 48m.

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The distance between Colombo and Colombo Airport (CMB) is 27 km. The road distance is 32.5 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) without a car is to bus which takes 45 min and costs Rs. 130.

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The bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Katunayake Airport Bus Station takes 45 min including transfers and departs every 30 minutes.

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Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) bus services, operated by Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT, depart from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal station.

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Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Maradana station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) is to bus which takes 45 min and costs Rs. 130. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 190 - Rs. 290 and takes 2h 48m.

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  • Distance: 26.9 km
  • Duration: 45 min

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Colombo Airport (CMB), Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT operates a bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Katunayake Airport Bus Station every 30 minutes. Tickets cost Rs. 130 and the journey takes 45 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Maradana to Katunayake every 4 hours. Tickets cost Rs. 190 - Rs. 290 and the journey takes 2h 48m.

Train operators
Bus operators
Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT
Phone
+942581120-29
Website
sltb.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Katunayake Airport Bus Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 130
Schedules at
sltb.lk
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB)
Ave. Duration
26 min
Estimated price
Rs. 3400 - Rs. 4100
Kangaroo Cabs
Phone
+94 11 25 88 588
Website
2588588.com
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com
Budget Taxi
Phone
+94 11 72 99 299
Website
budgettaxilk.com
Jayride
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
On demand
Towncar from Colombo to Colombo Airport
Estimated price
Rs. 2700 - Rs. 4900

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Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) bus services, operated by Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT, arrive at Katunayake Airport Bus Station.

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Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Katunayake station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB) is 33 km. It takes approximately 26 min to drive from Colombo to Colombo Airport (CMB).

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There are 307+ hotels available in Colombo Airport (CMB). Prices start at Rs. 20000 per night.

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