Sri Lanka airport stopover
Replies: 2 - Last Post: Apr 22, 2012 7:44 PM Last Post By: sandramarkkalage
Apr 22, 2012 8:48 AM
Sri Lanka airport stopoverMy wife and I have a stopover at the Columbo airport. We arrive at 6:30 pm and leave at 3:10 am. We would like to go into Columbo. Any suggestions on transportation and things to do in that time frame?
Apr 22, 2012 11:15 AM
1Your plane is due to land at 6:30 pm and you catch a plane to depart at 3:10 am.
Even assuming you land on time and get through immigration quickly, you will not get out of the airport for 30 to 45 minutes after you land. You would have to hire a car and driver since you would have no time to fool around with public transportation. You don't mention what day of the week you arrive, but if it is on a weekday you will encounter rush hour traffic from the airport to Colombo which can mean a one-and-a-half to two hour ride. If it is on a weekend, it will take a minimum of one hour to get into the city, and I mean absolute minimum.
If all goes like clockwork, you will get to Colombo around 8:30 pm. What is there to do at that time? You can have a meal at a nice restaurant such as Spoons at the Hilton or Gallery Cafe in Colombo 3. The casinos are open if you want to do some gambling. It's still too early for any of the good discos to be moving and shaking at that time. Maybe you could have a few drinks on the verandah of the Galle Face Hotel overlooking the ocean in darkness while listening to waves and getting covered in salt spray.
If your flight takes off at 3:10 am, you will have to give yourself an hour to get to the airport, and you should not arrive any less than one-and-a-half hours prior to your departure at the absolute minimum even if your luggage is already checked through to your final destination and you have your onward boarding card in hand. You will still have to clear immigration and proceed to your departure gate.
That means you should leave the city no later than half-past-midnight. At the maximum you will have about four hours to spend in Colombo, and that is only if everything goes perfectly.
If someone recommends going to Negombo instead of Colombo, you should be aware that Negombo is a grimy small town with nothing to do except get drunk in one of the dingy bars.
Apr 22, 2012 7:44 PM
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