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Cheap flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka

Cheap flights to Colombo

Most popular in July High demand for flights, 12% potential price rise
Cheapest in October Best time to find cheap flights, 12% potential price drop
Average price $1111 Price for this month
Cheapest price $471 From New York to Colombo

Cheapest Prices for Colombo flights by month

January
$1168
February
$1057
March
$1004
April
$1173
May
$1067
June
$1264
July
$1461
August
$1259
September
$1037
October
$0
November
$1111
December
$1352
October is currently the cheapest month to fly to Colombo. At this moment in time July is the most expensive month. These prices are determined by multiple factors and booking in advance can help keep costs down if your schedule is not as flexible.

As is the case with many sprawling metropolises in the region, Colombo today is a sum of its many contrasting parts: historic religious sites against modern skyscrapers, a spread of ethnicities living side by side and extensive green spaces surrounded by the fumes of heavy traffic. History and modernity live side by side in Sri Lanka’s capital city on the ocean shore.

The first-time visitor may be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people, traffic and activity that fill the streets of Colombo, but with time, the city’s charms begin to win over newcomers to the city. There’s plenty to see, but many visitors choose to start with the stunning temples found throughout Colombo. Of these, the colorful Gangaramaya Temple is a favorite among visitors for its incredible Buddhist statues and museum. Colombo’s past is on full display at sites like The National Museum of Colombo, the Natural History Museum and the Dutch Period Museum, while contemporary and Sri Lankan art greet visitors to the National Art Gallery.

A metropolis Colombo surely is, but there are ample opportunities to escape the urban in favor of a more natural retreat. The wildlife that takes up residence at Viharamahadevi Park adds a lively element to a stroll through this lushly landscaped green space, while the Talangama Wetland just outside the city proper offers lakeside relaxation amongst butterflies and greenery.

After recharging, visitors can head to Galle Face Green, an oceanfront promenade that attracts many for some of the best sunset views in the city.

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Best Time to Fly to Colombo

Two monsoon seasons deter travelers from visiting Colombo from May through August and October through December. In general, the best time to visit Colombo is between January and March, when rainfall is at its lowest and temperatures climb toward their highest. Travelers seeking a trip filled with festivals may want to consider braving the monsoon season and traveling in May for the celebration of Buddha’s birth, which sees Colombo covered in lanterns, lights and other decorations. Cheap flights to Colombo can be found outside of the peak travel months of January, February and March.

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Getting around Colombo

Colombo’s streets are filled with three-wheel vehicles known as tuk-tuks, and these motorized for-hire vehicles can be a convenient way to get around the city. Tourists should opt for metered tuk-tuks rather than trying to negotiate a rate with the driver or better yet, seek out a special tourist-friendly fleet of tuk-tuks operated by the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority. Taxis are also available, as are public buses and a train system.

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Airport for Colombo

Cheap flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka