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Colombo Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Colombo Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

I concur with the other reviewers--turn left and walk to the end of the terminal--there is a small 24-hour convenience store with regular (not airport!) prices AND that's where the chairs without armrests are. - Herodotus

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by Hazel
May 2015 - My friend and I were initially worried about staying over in the airport as this was our first time and we were both females. However, the stay turned out great! We stayed from 9pm to around 6am the next day. There were lots of people sleeping at the landside area, in addition there were toilets, water filling facilities nearby. Occasionally there were announcements made over the PA system but the background sounds can be ignored pretty easily :) There is also a supermarket nearby where you can get snacks to tide over the night

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Colombo Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Colombo airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

  • Lotus Lounge - Location: Departures Terminal, Airside, 1st Floor, adjacent to Gates 6 and 7. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
  • Silk Route Lounge - Location: Airside. Lounge Access: economy class travellers can pay to use the lounge. Rate: unknown.
  • Araliya Lounge - for business class passengers
  • Executive Lounge - Location: Airside. Lounge Access: economy class travellers can pay to use this lounge. Rate: US$ 15/10 rupees for a 3 hour stay

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Internet kiosks are available at the Colombo Airport for a fee.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Colombo Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotels near Colombo Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Cash machines are available in the arrivals and departures halls.
  • Car Rentals - Information not available
  • Child Care Rooms - Lcocations: Airside.
  • Currency Exchange -There are 7 banks (landside) and 1 bank (airside) that offer foreign exchange services.
  • Food & Drinks - At the time of this update it was not known if there are any 24 hour food concessions.
  • Information Desk - Information not available
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Information not available
  • Medical Services - Location: Arrivals Hall, Baggage Area. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Post Office - Location: Arrivals Hall. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Shopping & Duty Free - Locations: Arrivals, Departures and Transit Areas.
  • Showers - not available

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

  • Car Rentals - unknown
  • Public Transportation - Inter-city buses depart from a nearby bus station, which is accessible by free airport-shuttle.
  • Taxis - Available near the Arrivals Lobby. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport with pre-booked taxi/transportation reservations.

Airport Transportation: Getting Around

A shuttle bus departs every 15 minutes from the airport terminal to the airport bus station located 500m from the terminal. From there, passengers can board inter-city buses. See above.

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Colombo Travel Resources

  • Tripadvisor - search Colombo hotel deals, check availability and read traveller reviews.

Last Updated: 09 April 2015

The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.

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