Hikkaduwa Transportation

  • Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport
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    Taxi from Colombo Airport to Hikkaduwa

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Apr 9, 2014

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    Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport

    During our visit to Sri Lanka in March 2014, we landed at Colombo's Bandaranaike International Airport and needed to make our way to our hotel in the south-west beach resort town of Hikkaduwa, some 140km away.

    We knew from our pre-trip research that we could easily hire a taxi at the airport from one of several companies. We also knew, thanks to the useful price list on the airport's website, how much we should expect to pay:

    An air-conditioned taxi would cost us around 9,438 Rs (£47) and a non-air-conditioned taxi around 8,580 Rs (£42).

    Armed with this information, we felt confident that we didn't need to pre-book our transfer; we would simply arrange it on arrival.

    Sure enough, in the arrivals hall we found a row of desks offering taxi services and standard lists of fares for any given destination in the whole country. We were tempted just to book at the "Airport Taxi" desk, which looked to be the most official, but decided to browse the other desks first. At the "Lanka Travel Agents Association" desk, the gentleman behind the counter offered us an air-conditioned taxi at the non-air-conditioned rate. He quoted us 8,500 Rs (£42) for an air-conditioned taxi and told us that it was a better rate (and a better vehicle....according to him!) than the "Airport Taxi" desk would offer us. We went to the "Airport Taxi" desk and they couldn't match the quote that we had, so we agreed to go with LTAA.

    It was clearly explained to us that if we wished to go via the Expressway (which would make the journey significantly quicker), we would have to pay the road tolls on top of the agreed fare. This was no problem at all; the two tolls that we paid were 300 Rs (£1.50) and 350 Rs (£1.75).

    We had read that the journey (via the Southern Expressway) could take up to 3 hours but, as we were travelling in the early hours of the morning, we hoped that it would be a little less. So it proved to be; we left the airport at 5:15am and arrived at our hotel 2 hours and 15 minutes later at 7:30am.

    After leaving the airport at 5:15am, we paid the first of two tolls (300 Rs) at about 5:30am, somewhere between the airport and the northern fringes of Colombo. After a brief stop for petrol in the suburbs of Colombo we continued our journey. Our driver spoke English very well and was happy to point out sights en route. At one point he wound down the back windows (which were tinted) to give us a better view of an impressive Parliament building sitting on an island in the middle of a lake. Only later did I realise that we had been travelling through Sri Lanka's administrative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte.

    At around 6:05am we arrived at the Kottawa entrance to the Southern Expressway. No toll was payable at this point. Instead, we paid the second toll (350 Rs) when we exited the Expressway at around 7:00am. Looking at Google Maps, I think we must have exited the toll road at Kurundugahetekma Interchange. There was very little traffic on the Expressway, so we made quick progress on the smooth tarmac.

    The final 30 minutes of our journey was along bumpy local roads, many of which were in the process of being repaired. As we hurtled along, often at break-neck speed, we somehow managed to avoid the numerous dogs in the road and, at one point, even a monkey in the road. We arrived (slightly shaken!) at our hotel around 7:30am.

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    By train to Hikkaduwa

    by hydronetta Written Oct 16, 2006

    You can reach Hikkaduwa from Galle by means of train and buses apart from private vehicle. Trains are very cheap in Sri Lanka though slow and poorly maintained. Nevertheless it's the best option to witness a bit of everyday life being among local passengers.
    The trip from Galle to Hikkaduwa was a rather short ride. Bare though in mind that train stations can be very crowded as train is one of the most popular ways of locals to travel around as well.

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    Travelling to Hikkaduwa

    by Pakistaniguy Updated Oct 10, 2003

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    Hikkaduwa Bus Station

    Hikkaduwa Bus Station is the entrance point for most of the travellers to Hikkaduwa. There are good bus connection to Colombo, Galle & all other cities in on the way to Colombo. The Bus takes 90 to 100 Srilankan Rs. and 4 hours to reach Colombo. I would suggest you to take a Bus instead of a Train. Train was so slow and not comfortable at all.

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