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)
    Su L.
    "Stores remain open on the departures side all thru the night."(15 Tips)
    Balázs S.
    "Foot Rub is a must have and Coffee Bean serves such..."(7 Tips)
    Marjan S.
    "Free wifi, just outside executive lounge /araliya lounge."(4 Tips)
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  • 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 3 weeks ago
  • Elena S.
    Elena ShiMay 8, 2016
    Note: they have Uber in Colombo. Go for it, it would be cheaper than any tuk-tuk around.
  • M A.
    M ALDossarySeptember 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)
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Gus E.
    Gus EJuly 20, 2016
    The free wifi, #wifi@bia keeps dropping, bloody annoying when sat in a hot airport departure lounge!
    Upvoted May 20
  • Albrecht
    AlbrechtAugust 25, 2015
    Really funny that they sell fridges, washing machines, etc if you arrive. Enjoy Sri Lanka!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysFebruary 12, 2013
    Must visit: Sigiriya, a fortress build on top of a high rock and renowned for its frescoes.
  • Gish D.
    Gish DesFebruary 13, 2015
    Great healthy food and not just rabbit food. Steaks and grilled chicken etc. roasted beetroot salad excellent.
  • Tawseef K.
    Tawseef KhanApril 26
    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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 20
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • Gregory S.
    Gregory SegalApril 15, 2015
    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.
  • leo k.
    leo kyivDecember 16, 2016
    The cheapest and the most convenient way to get from airport to Colombo and back is UBER. Avoid street agencies providing transfer services. they want double price
  • 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
  • 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 .
  • 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.
  • Jasmin S.
    This place is a mess ! 😬Really crowded and undisciplined , the good thing is that you can see people of all nationalities at one place 😄👱🏻👨🏽👵🏿👧🏻👩🏾👱🏻‍♀️
    Upvoted May 20
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 20
  • Brady H.
    Brady HFebruary 18
    It's kind of sparse. Make sure to get any food or duty free before you go to your gate otherwise your stuck.
    Upvoted May 20
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ;-)
  • Balázs S.
    Balázs SrancsikJune 21, 2014
    Foot Rub is a must have and Coffee Bean serves such espresso, that you will rotate all day. :)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cristo
    CristoJanuary 22, 2014
    Free wifi in Coffee Bean (next to duty free) PW: mochajava
    Upvoted May 20
  • 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.
  • Imran M.
    Imran MarikarJune 16, 2013
    BIA feels a good place to go only if you going abroad and not by dropping others...it will only make u feel green & sad #FACT
    Upvoted May 20
  • Prashan M.
    Prashan MuthugalaMay 9
    Been here 10+ times
    Superb airport for a small country. improved a lot compared to before
  • 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,
  • Martina t.
    Martina tribananaAugust 24, 2013
    Sri lankan air company told us fake departure time, we lost our connection and also on the airport they say you can buy up to 1l of alcohol for EU. False!
  • 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
    Flying out in evening to S Africa via Doha so needed few drinks to sleep. Expensive $4 a tinnie. Best bet is drink wine!
  • 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.
    Upvoted May 20
  • 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
  • Y.
    Y.May 3, 2016
    Grab a foot rub if you're early. Araliya lounge is awesome and has a shower in it.
  • Виктор М.
    Виктор М.October 22, 2013
    Free wi-fi connection next to duty free on the 2nd floor, near Foot rub, calls AASL1
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle Chyung3 weeks ago
    Airport is tiny, not much to do after you look around the few shops of spa ceylon brand & tea brands. Free wifi keeps dropping. Go thru security, check in, security, emigration then to your gate.
  • Esith F.
    Esith FernandoApril 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Duty free in Departure terminal is good. You can get some great souvenirs. Try foot massage.
  • Sheila
    SheilaSeptember 14, 2016
    Worst airport. You go through security 3x (once to get into the airport, once to get to the check in desks, once to get to your gate). Food is only available between security check 2 and 3.
  • Nisal L.
    Nisal LakmalNovember 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    If your a foreign traveler who expect to take the bus to Colombo.don't go to bus stand.take the highwaybus from inside airport. http://nisalwrites.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/highway-bus-economy/
  • Ander
    AnderFebruary 2, 2013
    You can get a mobile SIM card with internet after crossing the passport control in the Mobitel store (around 10€).
  • denys p.
    denys protsApril 29
    avoid long layovers here. you don't get much entertainment in transit area, except for poorly working wifi, ridiculously overpriced cafes ($6 for a cup of tea/coffee), many non-working power outlets.
    Upvoted May 20
  • Jen Pollack B.
    Jen Pollack BiancoMarch 23, 2013
    Don't pose for pictures with your back turned towards the sacred Buddha statue (it is considered offensive)
    Upvoted May 20
  • Sergey K.
    Sergey KuznetsovFebruary 2, 2016
    Very crowded and has queues everywhere. To save time, get your passport and ticket ready right at the entrance. Also, as a passenger, you do NOT need to buy airport ticket (yes, it is a thing)
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RajuJune 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Oh yeah if you are just flying in, for god's sake leave early on the day of your departure. The 30 odd kilometer ride from the city can take you more than 2 hours sometimes.
  • Mohan A.
    Mohan AmarasiriApril 6, 2015
    The major gateway to and from Sri Lanka. Clean and helpful service.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle Chyung3 weeks ago
    For lounges at arrival/departure, lotus with priority pass, exec lounge w usd15 entry fee and araliya w business class only.
  • Kemin P.
    Kemin PereraAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Either you are arrived to Sri Lanka or flying out from our little paradise... Wish you all the very best...
  • Colombo Favourites c.
    Welcome to Sri Lanka. For the best of Colombo, Shopping, Restaurants , Nightlife log on to http://www.cmbfav.com
  • Jay G.
    Jay GunawardenaJune 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Download BIA Flight Information from the Google Play store to get LIVE Arrival & Departure flight info in either Sinhala or English! Read more
  • Nanthan G.
    Nanthan GopalApril 11, 2016
    Call the Rechargetravels taxi to go fast to check in your hotel!
  • Krishna D.
    Krishna DFebruary 2, 2015
    Hardly any signs. Got there at 2 am. It was difficult to get info on how to get to the city. There are airport shuttles to the city that cost you Rs 110 bit not sure if they operate at that hour
  • alwyn g.
    alwyn gohSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Airport is as basic as they come. As yet untouched by the grubby hands of mcds and starbucks.
  • Liliána B.
    Liliána Balogh🌺December 6, 2016
    Busy airport and lot of security checks to go through so make sure you get there way before the flight
  • Kelvin M.
    Kelvin MontalboAugust 1, 2014
    Dont forget to pass by the tea shops.. best tea in the world!
  • Ebrahim B.
    Ebrahim BandookwalaNovember 29, 2016
    Tiny airport. You need to go through security 3x. Foot rub salon in main lounge area.
  • Cat C.
    Cat C.April 8
    Do not bother getting here early for a flight, they won't let u into the terminals much ahead of times and have no one at the ticket counters until shortly before your flight.
    Upvoted May 20
  • Jet Airways
    Jet AirwaysApril 7, 2011
    Those of you flying out of the Bandaranaike International Airport, the Araliya Lounge is located after immigration, 1st floor along the pier, before the security gates.
  • Azat Z.
    Azat ZalyaevApril 26, 2015
    If you a member of TVoA countries you can just make an electronic visa and pass all queues
  • Colombo Favourites c.
    Welcome to Sri Lanka. To experience the best in Colombo, Shopping, Food and Entertainment. log on to www.cmbfav.com
  • Kate B.
    Kate BoykoJanuary 28, 2015
    Make sure you get visa upon arrival and then go to passport control. Btw - you can get it online in advance. Very hot in the airport - it felt like there was no a/c at all.
  • Alexander D.
    Alexander DeshpitSeptember 1, 2013
    Tuktuk from the 187 bus stop is 100 Rs, it's a 1 km ride. Local tuktukers ask for 500.
  • Agnes C.
    Agnes CsomosMay 31, 2014
    The bookshop has some great books for very good prices
  • Navaf N.
    Navaf NavafJanuary 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The airport is a nice place but some of the security checks involved makes it really difficult for passengers to lug around their luggage. The system needs to be improved.
  • Aaah N.
    Aaah NasihSeptember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are traveling to Maldives, please visit www.uihotels.com for hotels near Airport with exciting excursion & services.
  • Nanthan G.
    Nanthan GopalApril 11, 2016
    Can get recharge travel taxi to drop of to Colombo for 3000RS
  • Zamnaa Z.
    Zamnaa ZamaanJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    One of those airport I love to chill while I wait for my transit flight :-)!
  • hilarie
    hilarieFebruary 18, 2012
    Note: Colombo is not entirely visa-free. All visitors are required to register ETA visa online or on arrival. Link enclosed Read more
  • Aaah N.
    Aaah NasihJuly 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Looking for a cheaper & comfortable Hotel near Airport? Please contact info@uihotels.com or +960-3350090
  • Meshal A.
    First tip here 😊 nice airport and friendly staff
  • Ruchi G.
    Ruchi GodakandaSeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like Thai, try out the Thai restaurant 'Siam house' (in departure)
  • M@rek
    M@rekJuly 1, 2015
    Surprisingly clean, modern and well-organized airport.
  • Marjan S.
    Marjan SikandarJanuary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Free wifi, just outside executive lounge /araliya lounge.
  • Prathibha G.
    Prathibha GamageApril 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Now BIA has free wifi.But you need to sign in again n again every 10 mins which is irritating ...
  • Eugene B.
    Eugene BogatyriovFebruary 28, 2013
    10% discount in duty free shops for holders of any frequent flyer card
  • Colombo Favourites c.
    Welcome to Sri Lanka. For the best of Colombo, Shopping, Restaurants , Nightlife etc log on to http://www.cmbfav.com
  • Karthik R.
    Karthik RajuJune 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Be prepared to bare it all. You will be lucky if they don't ask you to remove your innerwear at the security checks. Remove everything from your watch to belt to shoe.
  • Wishal M.
    Wishal MohamedMay 26, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Better if they have some more shops/canteens outside, not like the one creepy canteen they have now... :D...
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LamJanuary 30
    The runway is currently under maintenance so flights are only scheduled between 4pm and 8am. Causing major congestion
  • Prashan M.
    Prashan MuthugalaApril 16
    Been here 10+ times
    They have installed few water dispensers which is good
  • David F.
    David F.March 26, 2016
    Unbelievable expensive airport,do not buy anything here. All items only in US dollars for nonsense rates.
  • Dinesh S.
    Dinesh SilvaJune 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Hiyooo... frustrating place. Giving a deal on chocolate but system won't allow to mix. So 1free if you get 2 all in same flavor!
  • Taha S.
    Taha SoomroOctober 30, 2014
    Free wifi @ executive lounge outside also enjoy always wet runway...
  • E G.
    E GApril 21, 2016
    Аэропорту не помешает обновление. Автобусы отходят в город даже ночью, так что не верьте таксистам. Кстати, если хотите самое дешевое такси - заказывайте Убер, благо он на Шри-Ланке появился.
  • Patchara K.
    Patchara KerdsiriJuly 16, 2016
    คู่รักที่ต่อเครื่องไปมัลดีฟดูกระหนุงกระหนิงดี แต่คนที่มาศรีลังกาไฟล์ทเดียวกันเป็นแม่ๆใส่ชุดขาวมาวัด
  • Ivan A.
    Ivan AnisimovNovember 30, 2015
    Пока не начнётся ваша регистрация вас не пустят к стойкам. Но в это время можно посидеть в ресторане на втором и третьем этаже. Розетки шире европейский, WiFi отваливается каждые 5 минут
  • Igor S.
    Igor ShugaevJanuary 22, 2015
    Wi-fi в здании аэропорта это большая проблема, везде слабый. На втором этаже есть кафе Barista, wf закрыт! Грабим дружно Ланку pass: mobitel#1717
  • Natalia G.
    Natalia GavrikovaApril 13, 2014
    Если прибыли в аэропорт слишком рано, то в зале Departures на втором этаже есть "скрытый" ресторан, где можно хотя бы присесть и выпить чаю, пока дожидаешься начала регистрации. Вход слева через лифт
  • Ivelina P.
    Ivelina P.February 21, 2016
    Миф о Шри Ланке #1 - "в аэропорту самый выгодный курс обмена валют". Так вот, даже в пляжной Хиккадуве курс был куда интереснее. Аналогично и с сим картой: аэропорт 1500р, город 600р.
  • Cagla A.
    Cagla Aktay TopelJanuary 13, 2016
    Calisanlar guleryuzlu,klasik rahat bir ada ulkesi,fakat 80'lerin sonunda kalmis gibi.kizlarin kiyafetler super,hediyelik kumaslar pahali
  • Ivelina P.
    Ivelina P.February 21, 2016
    Справа от основного Duty Free стоит кулер с водой для персонала, при наличии любой ёмкости Вы тоже сможете попить.
  • Vsevolod B.
    Vsevolod BerkinJanuary 8, 2014
    В аэропорту можно сразу купить все сим карты, взять машину на прокат ( около 40$ в сутки). Цены на автомат и механику не различаются. В кафе сносный кофе за 50 рупий. Аэропорт очень чистый.
  • Alexander Z.
    Alexander ZMay 12, 2014
    Если торчите в транз. зоне, то возле лаунжей незапароленный вайфай. А при выходе наружу в случае транзита до 2 суток денег за визу не берут, и дают беспл.симку с 50руп.на счете. На день инета хватает.
  • Oleg L.
    Oleg LarionovApril 14, 2014
    По прилету советую обратить внимание на новые модели стиральных машин, что продаются прямо в здании аэропорта.
  • Taras K.
    Taras KnyshJanuary 14, 2014
    It's better to buy local money here. The best exchange rate.Лучшее место чтобы купит местную валюту. Самый выгодный курс.
  • Владимир Н.
    5 постов безопасности прошли. Дьютиков много, цены радуют, все улыбаются. Но в курительной комнате можно сигарету не зажигать - достаточно просто подышать - и курить уже не хочется.
  • Tatiana M.
    Tatiana MaksimovaNovember 15, 2013
    ИДИОТИЗМ ЕСЛИ ПРИЕХАЛ РАНЬШЕ , БУДЬ ПАССАЖИР С ИНТЕРНЕТ РЕГИСТРАЦИЕЙ ИЛИ ПАССАЖИР БИЗНЕС ИЛИ ПЕРВОГО КЛАССА--- ЖДЕШЬ В ЗАЛЕ, ГДЕ ПРИСЕСТЬ НЕГДЕ ...
    Upvoted May 20
  • Svetlana A.
    Svetlana AgafonovaJanuary 9, 2016
    Если вы очень любите людей и вам хочется потолкаться в толпе, то этот аэропорт самое то. Очереди тут начинаются еще на входе в аэропорт, где неспешно проверяется паспорт. Улетают только самые стойкие.
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BolMay 6, 2016
    На втором этаже зала отлёта много симпатичных магазинов с сувенирами, кофейни и duty free.
  • Nikitå I.
    Вайфай есть, но работает не очень. Что странно — на прилете куча магазинов со стиралками и холодильниками)
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