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Departure Wed, 08 May Return Sun, 26 May
LCY London
CMB Colombo
return from £520
Departure Tue, 14 May Return Mon, 27 May
STN London
CMB Colombo
return from £496
Departure Tue, 14 May Return Mon, 20 May
LGW London
CMB Colombo
return from £453
Departure Mon, 13 May Return Wed, 22 May
LHR London
CMB Colombo
return from £420
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Currency and price comparison
Train
Local, one-way ticket
96%

Trains in Colombo are 96% cheaper than in London.

London
£2.5
Colombo
£0.09
Meal
Mid-priced restaurant
89%

A meal in Colombo is 89% cheaper than a meal in London.

London
£15
Colombo
£1.65
Taxi
Standard daytime start rate
95%

A taxi fare in Colombo is 95% cheaper than in London.

London
£5
Colombo
£0.26
Coffee
Regular cappuccino
33%

Coffee in Colombo is 33% cheaper than in London.

London
£2.75
Colombo
£1.83
( London airports
  • ? Heathrow (LHR)
    How far from city centre: 14 miles
  • ? Gatwick (LGW)
    How far from city centre: 25 miles
  • ? Stansted (STN)
    How far from city centre: 30 miles
  • ? Luton International (LTN)
    How far from city centre: 27 miles
  • ? London City (LCY)
    How far from city centre: 7 miles
  • ? Southend (SEN)
    How far from city centre: 35 miles
) Colombo airports
  • ? Katunayake International (CMB)
    How far from city centre: 17 miles
  • ? Beira Lake (BYV)
    How far from city centre: 1 miles
  • ? Ratmalana (RML)
    How far from city centre: 17 miles
L Distance: 5413 miles

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A. Useful information for the flight from London to Colombo

How long is the flight from London to Colombo?

The flight duration on a direct flight from London to Colombo is around 10 hours and 30 minutes.

What are the most common stopovers?

The most common stopovers for flights from London to Colombo are Bangalore, Doha, and Dubai. There is also a flight path to Colombo via Male in the Maldives.

What documentation do I need to fly to Colombo from London?

You will need to obtain an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) for your holidays Sri Lanka. You can apply directly for an online ETA by visiting the following website: www.eta.gov.lk. When applying, you will need your passport details, flight ticket details, and the name and address of the first hotel or address you will be heading to upon arrival in Sri Lanka.

Is there a time change from London to Colombo?

Sri Lanka is located on an island in the Indian Ocean, south of India. Srilankan time is five and a half hours ahead of London's Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT).

B. Which airlines fly from London to Colombo?

There are several airlines with departures from London to Colombo including:

C. How to find cheap flights from London to Colombo?

The best way to find discount airfares from London to Colombo is to simply enter your destination and dates of travel in Opodo's speedy search engine. The results will allow you to compare the prices on flights and select the best deals. By travelling with stopovers and different airlines, you can find cheaper fares. The cheapest time to go to Colombo is May, though August or December are also affordable. The Opodo website allows you to filter your choices by airports, airlines, schedules, and many other options.

D. When are the best times to fly from London to Colombo?

  • January to March is the best time to fly to Colombo as the weather is mostly sunny in this season. The Duruthy Perehara festival, a religious celebration with beautiful processions through the city, is also celebrated in January.
  • April to October is the monsoon season in Colombo. If you don't mind the rain however, this is a great time of the year to soak up the natural beauty of the city without being bothered by large crowds of visitors.

E. Airports in London

London has 4 airports providing passenger services to Colombo: Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, London Luton Airport, and London Stansted Airport.

Useful information about Heathrow Airport:

Heathrow Airport is located 15 miles of west of central London and is easy to access by car or with public transportation.

How to get to the airport:

  • By underground - with the Piccadilly line.
  • By taxi - 30 to 60 minutes depending on traffic.
  • By bus - National Express. Runs every 15-30 minutes.

Services: open 24/7, free Wi-Fi, baby care facilities, outdoor smoking areas, cafes and duty-free shops.

Useful information about Gatwick Airport:

Gatwick Airport is located 29.5 miles south of central London.

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - the Gatwick Express from Victoria station runs every 15 minutes.
  • By taxi - 60 to 90 minutes depending on traffic.
  • By bus - the easyBus to central London runs every 15 minutes.

Services: open 24/7, 90 minutes of free Wi-Fi, baby changing facilities, restaurants, cafes, and bars.

Useful information about London Luton Airport:

London Luton Airport is located 28 miles north of Central London.

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - approximately 25 minutes from St Pancras International station.
  • By taxi - 45 to 60 minutes depending on traffic.
  • By bus - the Green Line coach service 757 runs from Victoria Coach Station twice hourly every day.

Services: open 24/7, 4 hours of free Wi-Fi, numerous cafes, restaurants, bars, and shops.

Useful information about London Stansted Airport:

London Stansted Airport is located 42 miles north-east of central London.

How to get to the airport:

  • By train - the Stansted Express from London Liverpool Street runs every 15 minutes.
  • By taxi - 45 to 70 minutes depending on traffic.
  • By bus - National Express coaches offer 24-hour bus services.

Services: open 24/7, free Wi-Fi, shopping, restaurants, and cafes.

F. Airports in Columbo

Colombo International Airport is the only airport in Columbo.

Useful information about Colombo International Airport:

Colombo International Airport is located about one hour's drive north from Colombo's city centre.

How to get from the airport to the city:

  • By taxi - 45 to 90 minutes.
  • By bus - the Srilanka Express Bus departs every 30 minutes. The last bus to the airport departs at 8.30pm.

Services: Open 24/7, Wi-Fi in designated areas, lounges, showers, and rest zones.

G. What to do and visit in Colombo

  • Visit the Gangarama Vihara temple.
  • Spend a day at the Dehiwala Zoological Garden.
  • Enjoy the buzzing night-life, chill-out bars, and trips to casinos.
  • Indulge in a massage at one of Colombo's spas.
  • Witness the charm of Colombo with fantastic city breaks.
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