Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)

(බණ්ඩාරනායක ජාත්‍යන්තර ගුවන්තොටුපොල)
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Katunayaka North
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  • Natasa S.
    "You need to come here 2h in advance at least before the flight."(18 Tips)
    Waleed A.
    "Expect some delay, it's preferred to to be 4 H early to departure"(16 Tips)
    Balázs S.
    "Foot Rub is a must have and Coffee Bean serves such..."(7 Tips)
    Röshèñ
    "Remeber to fill in da embarkation form b4 going to immigration"(7 Tips)
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  • Elena S.
    Elena ShiMay 8, 2016
    Note: they have Uber in Colombo. Go for it, it would be cheaper than any tuk-tuk around.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • M A.
    M ALDossary ♏September 17, 2016
    Nice organized Airport, easy to find your gate. The duty-free doesn't have all the colognes brands. The have few of good traditional Souvenir shops. ODEL has big collection of T-shirts(Worth a visit)
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Giga S.
    Giga SU7April 14, 2015
    For the first time in my life I've seen an airport, where you need to pay to enter Arrivals. Worth to note, if you're planning to meet your friends later or vice versa.
    Upvoted Dec 5, 2017
  • Steve J.
    Steve JonesOctober 12, 2014
    You are entering a beautiful country with so much to offer, shame the country see's you as a commodity to extract a daily $ figure and charges 5x the local price for tourist attractions. a country wit
    Upvoted Dec 5, 2017
  • Simple Discoveries
    Simple DiscoveriesSeptember 5, 2016
    Simple low-frills airport. Get your visa online in advance to avoid any delays. Cheapest way into the city is Bus 187 which runs about 120 rupees. Pick up in the lot on left as exiting the airport.
  • Navaf N.
    Navaf NavafSeptember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    If you just arrived in Sri Lanka, I would recommend going for Dialogue SIM card for better 3G plans
  • NIALPEN
    NIALPENOctober 20, 2014
    Security check is very light and easy. Upstairs you can get cheaper Italian coffee at Barista (Lavazza), located near Coffee bean, just around the corner. Pass for LankaComWifi@CoffeeBean: mochajava
  • Albrecht
    AlbrechtAugust 25, 2015
    Really funny that they sell fridges, washing machines, etc if you arrive. Enjoy Sri Lanka!
  • Gus E.
    Gus EJuly 20, 2016
    The free wifi, #wifi@bia keeps dropping, bloody annoying when sat in a hot airport departure lounge!
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysMarch 7, 2013
    Must visit one of the oldest & largest parks in Colombo, Victoria Park. It boasts to have series of water fountain & a large statue of Buddha.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysMarch 14, 2012
    The Fort of Galle, is 300yrs old Dutch Fort. Its massive ramparts surround the promontory that forms the older part of Galle and has well built Dutch houses, museums & churches.
  • James K.
    James KaoNovember 17, 2013
    Not sure about the old complaints wrt restroom cleanliness. I used the men's room by the Lavazza & it was quite clean. The Lavazza also serves quite a good ice lemon tea. Not too sweet w/ real lemon.
  • Tawseef K.
    Tawseef KhanApril 26, 2017
    Well designed, small airport with modern facilities. While flying out make sure to go with some extra time in your hand as the shopping options available are excellent.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysAugust 10, 2011
    Must visit: The Dehiwala Zoo for its very fine collection of fauna from all over the world. The highlight of the zoo is the elephant show, which is held every evening.
  • Gish D.
    Gish DesFebruary 13, 2015
    Great healthy food and not just rabbit food. Steaks and grilled chicken etc. roasted beetroot salad excellent.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysFebruary 12, 2013
    Must visit: Sigiriya, a fortress build on top of a high rock and renowned for its frescoes.
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RajuJune 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Sometimes the queue to get in at the entrance to the airport can be long. And worse the queues to check-in can be quite harrassing too, if you come in at a busy time.
  • Avanna
    AvannaApril 26, 2016
    Full amenities. Do note that everything at the airport are priced in USD and is more expensive from what you get outside. The foot massage place is quite good.
  • Angie R.
    Angie ReisefreundeDecember 1, 2013
    Some of the lounges in the upper level of the terminal offer unlocked wifi. At Coffee Bean the wifi name is NOT coffee bean (though it shows) but Lanka.com@Wifi. Password is mochajava :)
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SegalApril 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Several lounge choices and some other interesting shops selling cashews and other local products. Bring your premiere club card as the other lounge gets super crowded.
  • Mubarak A.
    Mubarak Al ShardanDecember 30, 2016
    Small, but organized. I like using SriLankan airlines for far Asia trips. Good flights, great service and low cost.
  • Janice F.
    Janice FishyJanuary 31, 2015
    If u coming to visit their country need visa or else they won't let you out unless u pay 35 dollar for per person to get access go out,and shop here all is in usd .
  • Crescentrating Halal Friendly Travel
    Check out the new prayer room. (at the left hand corner, when you come on to the first floor) Well maintained. Easy to do wudhu in the washroom next to it. Has a "foot wash" place too! Read more
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LinAugust 22, 2017
    Instead of Uber, use local alternative PickMe. You can pay by cash or credit card, and you can choose between tuk-tuks, smartcars, sedans, and vans.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Fine airport. Try be first off the plane, however, as immigration queues can get long if there are several flights arriving at once. Duty free is available for arrivals too.
  • Jasmin S.
    Jasmin SorayaApril 8, 2017
    This place is a mess ! 😬Really crowded and undisciplined , the good thing is that you can see people of all nationalities at one place 😄👱🏻👨🏽👵🏿👧🏻👩🏾👱🏻‍♀️
  • hilarie
    hilarieFebruary 18, 2012
    After exiting arrival hall, turn left and keep walking till the end of the cover pedestrian. There is a free shuttle to the nearest bus terminal for intercity bus incl to Colombo. Photo: bus interior
  • Megha G.
    Megha GirishJuly 18, 2011
    Can pick up a local no. from Dialog at the airport - works out cheap during stay here. They also help you change INR - which the exchanges don't change.Rates are lesser than city so exchange small amt
  • Crescentrating Halal Friendly Travel
    The Muslim prayer room is located on the 1st floor of the departure/transit lounge. It has separate male and female facilities too!
  • Johann L.
    Johann LoMay 4, 2013
    If you're transiting here at gate 6-14, walk up a little till you see the Araliya Lounge for a free wifi treat. :)
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysJanuary 14, 2013
    Must visit - Anuradhapura Sacred City: This sacred city is popular for its preservation of ruins and remains from ancient Lanka.
  • Sahan S.
    Sahan SerasingheNovember 5, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Free WiFi! Just type in your passport number as the password.
  • Brady H.
    Brady HFebruary 18, 2017
    It's kind of sparse. Make sure to get any food or duty free before you go to your gate otherwise your stuck.
  • Ankur B.
    Ankur BanerjeeJanuary 18, 2016
    Power sockets to charge your phone are dispersed sparsely through the terminal. Souvenir shops mostly sell the same thing with no variance, but a large number of shops to buy tea.
  • Mateusz H.
    Mateusz HerychMay 18, 2015
    Be aware of tuk-tuk scamers when you go out. Better talk to your hotel/host/friend to arrange you something. Buy a local simcard. It's cheap and will give you internet access almost everywhere.
  • Gish D.
    Gish DesAugust 24, 2015
    Massively improved over the last few years with more spacious and clean facilities and a few more interesting and comfortable options in the waiting areas. Serenading Business Check in needs improving
  • Mark W.
    Mark WMarch 9, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Sri Lankan departures are straight through when you enter the departure hall, all other airlines to the left. At busy times the queue can be somewhat chaotic.
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysApril 19, 2012
    Must Attend: Kandy Perahara – the most colorful procession of the world and a huge cultural pageant in Sri Lanka which takes place in the month of July or August.
  • Balázs S.
    Balázs SrancsikJune 21, 2014
    Foot Rub is a must have and Coffee Bean serves such espresso, that you will rotate all day. :)
  • Chanuka W.
    Chanuka WijayasingheApril 29, 2012
    There is a special lounge service which u can get if u pay a bit extra which will cover all the documents n baggage clearence ;-)
  • Cristo
    CristoJanuary 22, 2014
    Free wifi in Coffee Bean (next to duty free) PW: mochajava
  • Navaf N.
    Navaf NavafJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sri Lankan airlines checking procedure need change as they as of this comment require all passengers being funneled through a single line bottle neck security check to the counters.
  • Prashan M.
    Prashan MuthugalaMay 9, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Superb airport for a small country. improved a lot compared to before
  • Angel D.
    Angel DominguezMarch 23, 2016
    If you have an ETA visa, don't wait in the visa line and go straight to immigration, just present passport and computer will use the ETA visa filed for your passport.
  • Musthaq M.
    Musthaq Moh'dNovember 11, 2012
    There is no common mobile charger point, Restrooms are not so neat and clean , U cud get free WiFi near Exec Lounge, There r lot of Desktops with internet,
  • Christopher L.
    Christopher LinAugust 22, 2017
    The restaurants outside security are significantly cheaper than the ones inside (3 USD vs. 13 USD for a plate of noodles).
  • J. Peter S.
    J. Peter SolomonDecember 31, 2013
    Arrival lounge lack very good food court. .current one really substandard..With not much of choice...It is more of a cheap snack shop from some interior srilanka
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PayneApril 18, 2017
    Flying out in evening to S Africa via Doha so needed few drinks to sleep. Expensive $4 a tinnie. Best bet is drink wine!
  • Denis V.
    Denis VladimirovApril 11, 2015
    Best exchange rates. You can exchage your money back to your currency at the same rate on a departure
  • Shyam S.
    Shyam SundarAugust 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Carry local currency for anything to shop even for this wifi hotspot. Bit ridiculous and inconvenient that they neither accept card or other currency, no ATM, no exchange in airport. So be prepared.
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