Getting to and from cmb

Although buses to and from Colombo stop outside CMB, and the train is a short taxi drive, there is no signage for public transport, nor obvious means to get to them. You can walk out of the airport to the (visible) main road and flag down a tuk tuk, or ask a taxi inside to take you to local destinations.

There are no shortage of taxi options in the airport arrivals area, and expect to be stopped by one or more operators asking if you want to hire one. Remember to haggle. You may get one for LKR 3,000. from 3,500


By bus

Follow this link for information about getting to Anuradhapura by bus from CMB, and vice versa, as well as other bus advice form Anuradhapura

Follow this link for information about getting to Colombo Fort (central/main) train station and vice versa by the #187.

The # 04 bus also go to Fort - see above - but via the main roads, not the airport freeway.




By Train

The nearest train station to CMB airport, Katunayake South, is approximately 1 KM, It is named Katunayaka Airport on the Sri Lanka Train Schedule Online . If in doubt, check the train times from Katunayake, which is the next station north.

Take the train to Colombo Fort, then change, and go on to Anuradhapura. 

It may be possible for us to buy your train tickets in advance from Colombo Fort train station, but we have to use a third party, and this will incur a cost of LKR 1,500. We cannot guarantee seats or bookings, and we will of course let you know immediately. The other problem is that we cannot guarantee you making your train on time, due to traffic, hold ups, plane delays, customs etc. This should be factored in when planning your train journeys.



The easiest way to get to destinations in Colombo, Colombo Fort, or destinations close to the airport is by taxi. You can download and app 'Pick me' and choose a taxi, which will collect you. These taxis are cheap and reliable, in my experience,. a small car is 40 RS/km a, larger car 45 RS / km. Expect to pay about LKR 3,500 (plus RS 300 toll) to be dropped in Mount Lavinia by the airport car and drivers, Negombo may set you back2,000 RS / £12, or about 600 by 'Pick Me'.

We can arrange a hire car and driver to meet you at the airport and take you to Colombo destinations, or local destinations.

'Pick Me' does not operate outside the Colombo to my knowledge.

Airport pickup

Should you wish to be met at the airport and be brought to Anuradhapura, we can arrange this.

A car and driver will cost LKR 14,500 / £75, divided between the number of occupants (up to 3, to allow for luggage) at the time.

A mini bus will cost LKR 22,000 / £115 / divided by the number of people, which will be 4 and over.