Also known as tuk-tuks and tri-shaws, these are ubiquitous. Although you’re likely to get wet if it rains and the cramped back seats have limited views out, a ride in a three-wheeler is part of the Colombo experience. Drivers dart fearlessly between huge buses, an experience that's exhilarating for some and frightening for others.
Many three-wheelers now have meters and are the cheapest means of getting around. Some drivers, however, will try to not use the meter or won't have one. Avoid meter-free three-wheelers or agree to a firm price before setting out. From Fort, expect to pay Rs 300 to get to Cinnamon Gardens, Rs 600 to Bambalapitiya and Rs 1000 to Mt Lavinia. Avoid drivers who are parked as they'll charge more; hail one passing by instead.