Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport, also known as Katunayake Airport, is Sri Lanka's main international airport serving around 9 million passengers annually. The airport, which is approximately 32 kilometers from the business center of the capital Colombo, serves more international destinations than the other airport in the city, Ratmalana International Airport. CMB Airport is administered by the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited.

Colombo Airport (IATA: CMB, ICAO: VCBI) is the hub for SriLankan Airlines, Cinnamon Air, Millennium Airlines, and Fits Air. Many well-known airlines serve here. Destinations are generally focused on Asia, Europe, and the Middle East at arrival and departure passenger terminal building.

📍  Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport's busiest routes are Male, Chennai, Batticaloa, Dubai, Doha, Delhi, Trincomalee, Mumbai, and Sigiriya.

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Public Transport Colombo International Airport CMB

The E03 Colombo – Katunayake Expressway (Highway) connects the airport to the city of Colombo in about a 20-minute journey. It provides transportation from Bandaranaike Airport to Negombo in a much shorter time. This road is also connected by the Southern Highway to coastal cities such as Galle and Matara. 

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  • It takes about 2 hours to reach Matara. 
  • Passengers driving their private car can use the multi-storey car park at the airport.
  • Public express buses run to Colombo (Pettah) central bus station in approximately 25 minutes. 
  • From here, it is possible to transfer to any part of the country. 
  • Passengers can also go to the Katunayake South Train Station and take Combo to Kandy train Intercity Express, as the cheapest way to travel to Kandy but it takes approximately 3 hours.
  • An airport shuttle can be used to access the bus terminal. Bus number 187 departs for central Colombo every 30 minutes between 05:30 and 20:30.
  • The airport taxi service under the AASL authority has a counter in the arrival lobby, Bandaranaike Airport arrivals. 

Colombo Bandaranaike Airport Transfer

Enjoy the journey with a professional driver with a private transfer to or from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport. Go to the destination you want from Bandaranaike International Airport. To Kandy, Tangalle, Kandy, Yala National Park, Galle, Taj Samudra, Fort Railway Station, or Ratmalana Airport… All Central destinations are easily accessible. Sit back and get a premium service quality travel experience from Colombo's best private transfer companies.

  1. You don't want to waste time with the inadequate public transportation service of Colombo Bandaranaike Airport. 
  2. Especially if you have luggage. It is a good idea to book your private transfer as soon as you buy your flight ticket to avoid the hassles of long queues, taxi search and many more. 
  3. You will have the best start to your Sri Lanka visit.

⭐  A fixed price applies for your Colombo Airport transfers with It is clear which route you will take and you make the payment at the time of booking. Your private driver will greet you with a smiling face in the arrivals hall with a sign with your name in his hand. You do not need to look for buses, taxis or trains. Get a private transfer to or from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport and enjoy the journey with Colombo's professional drivers.

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