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Flights to Sri Lanka in 2024

Find the latest flights to Sri Lanka in 2024, with up-to-date prices and availability. In the last 7 days, Cheapflights users made a total of 79,196 searches and data was last updated on 21 April 2024.

Popular in

November

Cheapest in

March

Average price

HK$4,135

Return from

HK$2,600

One-way from

HK$1,136
High demand for flights, 17% potential price rise
Best time to find cheap flights, 5% potential price drop
Average for return flights in April 2024
From Hong Kong Intl to Colombo
One-way flight from Hong Kong Intl (HKG) to Sri Lanka

Average price of flights to Sri Lanka by month

Plan your trip to Sri Lanka by taking into account the cheapest months to travel. The average price of a one-way flight to Sri Lanka is currently HK$0 while a return flight costs HK$0. Price data was last updated on 14 April 2024.

Temperature and rainfall in Sri Lanka by month

Plan your trip to Sri Lanka by taking into account the average temperature and rainfall totals by month.

CMB

Temperature

27 - 28 °C

If weather is an important factor for your trip to Sri Lanka, use this chart to help with planning. For those seeking warmer temperatures, March is the ideal time of year to visit, when temperatures reach an average of 28.0 C. Travellers hoping to avoid the cold should look outside of January, when temperatures are typically at their lowest (around 27.0 C).

When is the best time to book a flight to Sri Lanka?

Use this chart to determine the optimal time to book a return flight to Sri Lanka. Price data was last updated on 28 January 2024.
To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Sri Lanka, you should look to book at least 78 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.
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Reviews of airlines servicing Sri Lanka

Get insights into the airlines that provide service to Sri Lanka. Read reviews, discover amenities, and learn about the overall travel experience offered by airlines. Use this information to make informed decisions when choosing an airline for your flight to Sri Lanka. Reviews last updated 21 April 2024.
See what other customers who have flown with AirAsia, China Eastern and Vistara to Sri Lanka have to say. You can also see how each airline compares in terms of entertainment options, comfort, food, crew/service, and boarding process.
8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews

Crew

8.3

Food

7.9

Entertainment

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Overall

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews
8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews

Crew

8.3

Food

7.9

Entertainment

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Overall

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

8.1
Very Good
555 reviews
8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews

Crew

8.3

Food

7.9

Entertainment

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Overall

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

7.9
Good
246 reviews
8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews

Crew

8.3

Food

7.9

Entertainment

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Overall

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

7.8
Good
1,140 reviews
8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews

Crew

8.3

Food

7.9

Entertainment

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Overall

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

7.7
Good
4,487 reviews
8.1
Very Good
4,073 reviews

Crew

8.3

Food

7.9

Entertainment

8.3

Comfort

8.1

Boarding

8.2

Overall

8.1

Reviews

1 / 10

All in all I enjoyed my experience and definitely flying with you again

Sri Lanka is often called the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, but given its hot and humid climate, this verdant island could be more accurately called the Emerald of the Indian Ocean.

Its beaches – Trincomalee, Bentota and Unawatuna – are palm-fringed and soft-sanded, but this little isle also has a rich colonial history (Galle port was used by Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays and Indians before the Portuguese, Dutch and, later, English arrived) and an inspiring cultural heritage (the cultural triangle extends from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa to Dambulla).

Flights to Sri Lanka will deliver you to graceful people, a beautiful island and a rich holiday experience.

Sri Lanka climate

Sri Lanka has a tropical climate. Luckily, the ocean winds moderate the high humidity. Temperatures rarely fall below 16 degrees in the winter and summer temperatures average 32 degrees. Monsoon season lasts from mid-October through January and leaves the island soaked.

Getting around Sri Lanka

ExpoAir flies from Colombo to Jaffna and there are other private charter airlines and helicopter services.

If you have lots of time, train travel can be a fascinating way of getting around the island. On some of the longer journeys, old-style sleeper trains are available.

Bus services on the island are run by the Central Transport Board (CTB) and private companies.

Three-wheel vehicles, known variously as tuk-tuks, bajajs or auto-rickshaws are a neat way of taking short trips.

Independent travellers can rent motor-bikes and cars. Hiring a car and driver is another popular option; drivers will have local knowledge.

What is good to know if travelling to Sri Lanka?

  • Nuwara Eliya is the tea capital, the main hill resort. It is located about 2,000 metres above sea level. It is a place of English-style bungalows and afternoon tea. Sri Lankans flock to Nuwara Eliya during March and May, to escape the heat of the town.
  • The Pinnewela Elephant Orphanage, about 85km (50 miles) from Colombo, is home to about 75 elephants that were either lost or abandoned by their mothers. The sanctuary was established by the Sri Lankan Government in 1975 and is a popular attraction.
  • See the pole fishermen around Weligama in the south of the island. The fishermen climb up a pole between 20 and 50 metres (65-100 ft) out to sea, holding on with feet and one arm, while casting a line with the other arm.
  • The Green, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead and Hawkesbill marine turtles are all endangered and the government takes conservation efforts very seriously, for example paying local fishermen to protect natural turtle-nesting sites.Kosgoda and Rekawa are among the best known sites.
  • Horton Plains National Park, 3,160 hectares, is in the highlands. Kirigalpotta and Thotupola, Sri Lanka’s second and third-highest mountains, are in the park. Leopard, sambhur and wild boar roam freely.
  • Kandy, in central Sri Lanka, was the last capital of the ancient kings of Ceylon. It is a sacred city, home to The Temple of the Tooth Relic. In July/August, Esala Perahera takes place. This is when one of the inner caskets used for covering the tooth relic is taken through the city accompanied by dancers, drummers, flag bearers and brightly decorated elephants.
  • Ratnapura is the centre of Sri Lanka’s gemming industry. Jewels unearthed include ruby, sapphire, topaz, amethyst, aquamarine, tourmaline, garnet and cat’s eye. Collections of gems are housed in the National Museum, Ratnapura.
  • When is the best time to fly to Sri Lanka?

    Peak season: The best time to search for cheap flights to Sri Lanka and visit is between the rainy seasons. On the south-west coast and in the hills, it is driest between November and April. The south-west coast has fantastic beaches around Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and Mirissa. On the east coast, visit between May and September for the best conditions. Some of the must-visit beaches on this side of the island are Trincomalee, Nilaveli and Arugam Bay Off season: Monsoon season is between May and July, and December and January.

  • How long is the flight to Sri Lanka?

    Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), also known as Colombo Airport, is the main international airport of the island of Sri Lanka. It was named after a former Prime Minister and lies 20 miles north of Colombo, the capital city. You can get Sri Lanka flight deals from Hong Kong (HKY) to Colombo via Singapore (SIN) with Singapore Airlines or Silk Airlines. The flying time for flights to Sri Lanka is between 9h 20min and 10h 25min.

  • Where can you get direct flights to Sri Lanka from?

    There are many cheap flights to Sri Lanka but no direct flights. All flights from Hong Kong (HKY) to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo have a stopover along the route — usually at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN), but other stopover locations include the Indian airports of New Delhi (DEL) Mumbai (BOM).

  • What is the best way to travel around Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka is a small island nation, and while distances aren’t great, the advised travel method is to hire a car and driver who knows the roads so you can relax. You can hire a new driver for different legs so that you are not under pressure to stick to a schedule, or you can stick to the same one for the whole time and he/she will become more of your local guide as well. The train is also a great option for seeing the countryside, so perhaps combine sections of car and driver with sections of train journeys. The train routes of Kandy – Ella, Nuwara Eliya, Colombo – Kandy, and Colombo – Galle are recommended for the beautiful scenery. Trains are slow, however, and sometimes experience delays, but really do allow you to appreciate the countryside.

  • What are some things to do in Sri Lanka?

    Sri Lanka is famous for its tea plantations. Visit the Hill Country’s Haputale Mountains and take a tuk-tuk up to see where Sir Thomas Lipton would survey his estate from his favourite spot at Lipton’s Seat. You can also see how tea is made at the nearby tea factory in Dambatenne and watch the tea-pickers in the fields. Visit the Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been both a Buddhist monastery and a palace. To see elephants in their natural habitat, as well as buffalo and many birds, visit Udawalawe National Park. If you’re a fan of big cats, you can see leopards at Yala National Park. Wander through the city of Kandy and stop at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic — said to house a tooth of Buddha himself. Ramble through the busy streets of the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo and see beautiful Buddhist and Hindu temples and the hectic Pettah market. Visit another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dambulla Cave Temple, where Buddhist monks carved caves into the walls of rock to make them into temples and filled them with statues and paintings of Buddha and his life.

  • Do I need a passport or visa to fly to Sri Lanka?

    Hong Kong citizens are eligible for a visa on arrival, but you must apply for the ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) before departure, which costs roughly HK$272. You can visit Sri Lanka as a tourist for up to 30 days and your passport must be valid for six months from your date of arrival.

  • Can I find cheaper flights to Sri Lanka if I am willing to have stopovers?

    Yes, flights with stopovers are often cheaper than direct flights. Keep an eye out for flight deals to Sri Lanka on Cheapflights that require 1 or 2 stops for potential cost savings.

  • What is the best airline to fly to Sri Lanka?

    Based on reviews from Cheapflights users, China Eastern is rated the highest out of the airlines that fly to Sri Lanka.

  • What is the cheapest airport to fly to in Sri Lanka?

    Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport is currently the cheapest airport to fly to in Sri Lanka. One-way flights to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport typically cost HK$601, while return flights cost around HK$1,412.

  • How much is a return flight to Sri Lanka?

    A return flight to Sri Lanka will typically cost around HK$180, however they can be found for as little as HK$180.

  • Does Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport have rental cars?

    Yes. Those touching down at Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport can take advantage of the car hire services offered upon their arrival.

  • Are there hotels close to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport?

    Yes. Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport has hotels nearby for those requiring accommodations. Green Star Residence is the closest property to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport (0.0 km away from Colombo Bandaranaike Intl Airport).

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