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Unassuming Sri Lanka sometimes goes unnoticed, with popular neighbours like India and the Maldives taking all the glory. But it’s got more culture, wildlife and adventure than both of those places—not to mention the incredible food. Skip the well-trodden path and book flights to Colombo, the country’s capital, for a blend of customs even more complex than a cup of Sri Lankan tea.
You may have heard of the tuk-tuk, an adventure on three wheels. In Sri Lanka they’re called “tri-shaws”, and they’re your new best friend. Hop in a cab for the 30km drive south from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) to hotels in Colombo, then tri-shaw it from there. Not in the mood for adventure? Taxis offer a smooth ride city-wide.
In the morning, drop your bags at your hotel and grab a coffee—or more likely a Ceylon tea. When the temples open, just take your pick. Sri Kaileswaram is an impressive Hindu temple, while Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important Buddhist shrines in the country. Really, you’ll probably spend all afternoon exploring the interesting mix of religions here.
Got one of the Colombo flights arriving in the evening? No worries. The temples are even more impressive at night.
Pack a picnic and watch the sunset at Galle Face Green, a huge oceanside park filled with kite flyers, day trippers and food vendors. On second thought, don’t pack a picnic. Just take a walk and order up fresh pineapple, vegetable kottu and fish curry from the food stalls. Looking for more time on the sand? Our Maldives holiday packages, an hour-and-a-half flight west, have you covered.
One thing is guaranteed when you make Sri Lanka your next holiday destination: Wotif will find you the best cheap flights to Colombo on the web. The friendly locals and fascinating heritage you’ll encounter will take it from there.
Flights to Colombo start as low as . Once you’ve snagged your flight, it’s time to build that itinerary. If your flight touches down in a bustling city, you’ll want a head start, so you can get from jet-way to getaway as quickly as possible. Flying for business? Squeeze in some sightseeing and a snack at a locally loved restaurant between meetings—you’ll have plenty of cash thanks to our cheap business class flights to Colombo. You know what they say about all work and no play, after all.
. Pack your favourite magazines or stack your video queue for a mini-marathon of that television show your co-workers have been raving about. And if you get hooked a few episodes in, don’t worry; there’s always the return flight to finish the binge. Ready to book cheap flights to Colombo? Check out our selection of airfares and start putting together a holiday that fits your schedule and price range. We offer sweet deals, so you don’t have to move mountains to see the world. In fact, we’ll help you get to those mountains (or ocean, or forest) today!
Here’s an insider tip: Sunday is typically the cheapest day to fly! Looking at flight booked on Wotif.co.nz in 2019, we found that flights departing on a Sunday generally had the lowest average price. Wotif data also shows Tuesday and Thursday generally have the highest average ticket prices according to our demand data.
Guess what? Boring ol’ Monday really is the best day to score the cheapest plane tickets. Looking at flight demand on Wotif.co.nz in 2019, we found that flights purchased on Mondays had the lowest airfares on average. Saturday, on the other hand, can be the most expensive day of the week to buy your airfare, with generally a higher than average ticket value.
When comparing 2019 flight demand on Wotif.co.nz, August is one of the cheapest months to fly, when ticket prices are generally at their lowest. February is a close second for the cheapest time to fly. And—no surprises here—the December holiday period is often the most expensive time to travel, with higher than average ticket prices, so plan ahead and book early for your holiday travel plans.
Are you a super organised traveller? Even though not all airlines release their fares a year in advance, you can start researching your flights 12 months in advance for many carriers. It’s good to book your international flights to popular destinations early, particularly in peak holiday periods. According to Wotif’s 2019 travel trends, last minute planners can also bag a bargain with some of the cheapest fares appearing 2-4 weeks prior to travel.
Mixing and matching your airlines and fare types is a great way to try and save on airfares. According to Wotif 2019 data, travellers who booked flights on Wotif.co.nz in 2019 saved up to 35% when their return flights had two different airlines or fare types.
*According to flight demand on Wotif.co.nz from January to December 2019. Savings are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made.
^Savings based on all package bookings made with Flight + Hotel on Wotif.co.nz from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.