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Colombo Ratmalana Airport Guide

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

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Colombo Ratmalana Airport.

What to Expect

  • A large international airport with clean facilities, friendly staff and two separate terminals for domestic and international flights. A new terminal, for international flights, under currently construction. A small variety of pricey shops and restaurants are available, but most are open 24 hours.
  • The Left Luggage department is almost always full to capacity and may not accept your luggage for storage.
  • TONS of mosquitoes outside of the terminal. Some of them make their way inside. Dengue fever and malaria are contractible here, so make sure to wear mosquito repellent!
  • WiFi is available. See our WiFi section below for details.

Where to Sleep

  • As of May 2017, we have no reviews from travellers who have used this airport. Write a review to help future travellers!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

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Colombo Ratmalana 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

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door:

  • Silk Route Lounges - There are two Silk Route Lounges, in the arrivals and departures sections. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: you can buy different packages that include access to one, two or three lounges. Prices range from $15 to $110 for three hours.
  • Business Lounge - Location: unknown. Hours: 24 hours. Lounge Access: $15 for three hours (maximum).

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Airport Hotels

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

To see more options there is a list of hotel deals in Colombo on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi and Internet access is available at Colombo Ratmalana Airport in designated areas.

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

  • Currency Exchange - Several banks are available landside and offer currency exchange services.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - Duty free shops are available as well as a selection of shops, selling mostly electronics and gifts. All shops are open 24 hours.
  • Food & Drinks - There are several food concessions open 24 hours including: Burger King • Palm Strip Restaurant • Relax Inn Fast Food Outlet • Baristar Coffee Lanka • Deli Food and Spicy.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Yes, available in the departures hall. Hours: 24 hours. Cost: Rs.100 per baggage per day.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Porter Service - Porter service is available 24 hours a day and costs Rs.100.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Not available.

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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As of March 2018, Colombo Ratmalana airport is served by the following airlines: Air Arabia • Air Asia • Air China • Air India • Austrian Airlines • Azur Air • Cathay Pacific • China Eastern • China Southern • Emirates • Enter Air • Etihad Airways • FlyDubai • Gulf Air • Indi Go • Jet Airways • KLM • Korean Airways • Kuwait Airways • Malaysia Airlines • Malindo Air • Oman Air • Qatar Airways • Royal Flight • Saudi Arabian Airlines • Silk Air • Singapore Airlines • SpiceJet • SriLankan Airlines • Sriwijaya Air • Thai Airways • Thomson Airways • Travel Service • Turkish Airlines • Ukraine International Airlines.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Buses serve the airport. At the time of this January 2018 update, there is no further information available.

Hotel Shuttles

At the time of this update, we were unable to find any hotels that provide hotel shuttle service; however, there are several hotels that can arrange transfers for a fee. [ See Airport Hotels above ]


Taxis are available outside the terminal.

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Last Updated: 15 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .