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Sri Lanka is one of the world’s hottest must-visit destinations, and flying into Colombo from Brisbane is your gateway for discovering the bounty of this island nation. Colombo itself has a diverse mix of cultural and architectural influences and spending a few days in the Sri Lankan capital is a great way to start or end your time in Sri Lanka. Find cheap flights from Brisbane to Colombo on Webjet and use your days in the city to explore open-air bazaars, spend a couple of hours at the beach, or hopping between the museums and temples.
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The best time to visit Colombo
Colombo’s sub-tropical climate creates inviting conditions year-round. January through March see sunny days with warm 32°C (89°F) days, though the humidity can be high. The dry weather draws in crowds, as well as setting the stage for the Duruthu Perahera Festival in January. If you’re searching for cheap flights from Brisbane to Colombo, travelling in May is a good option. June through September see the highest rainfall levels as well as the increased risk for monsoons. November and December bring hot and humid days with fewer rain showers. December is a popular month for honeymooners, as the rain is limited and hotels are more affordable.
Departing From Brisbane
Qantas, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific offer cheap airfares from Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo. There are currently no direct flights between Brisbane and Colombo, and common stopover locations include Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. The fastest flight time is about 14 hours.
Getting to Brisbane Airport
The 20-minute ride from the centre of Brisbane to the airport can be made via taxi, Uber, or Brisbane’s AirTrain. The cheapest route that can save you money before your BNE to CMB trip is on the AirTrain. The one-way fare for solo travellers is $15 AUD. Uber or black and white taxis will charge close to $33 AUD for the one-way fare.
Parking at Brisbane Airport
If you’re unsure what to do with your car while you’re away, Brisbane Airport offers 24-hour monitoring of its car parks, making sure your ride is safe and secure.
Where to Park at Brisbane Airport
Brisbane Airport offers three budget-friendly international parking options to help keep more money in your pocket before your trip from BNE to CMB. And, if you pre-book your slots, you can rack up even more savings over the drive-up rate.
· Valet Parking: Quick and easy parking option for international travellers. You don’t have to pre-book, just pull up to the valet stall on level 1 of the International Car Park. The quick, two-minute walk to the international terminal can expedite your travel experience. A week’s stay includes express entry and exit to the car park and will cost $147 AUD.
· PARKLONG: This lot provides covered parking that is close to the terminal. Pre-book your slot prior to arriving to find your marked slot on levels 2 through 5 in the P2 International Car Park. Storing your car in the pre-booked slot will put you within a 3-minute walk to the terminals and will cost $117 AUD for a week’s stay.
· AIRPARK: The cheapest parking option at Brisbane Airport. It offers both covered and uncovered parking as well as a complimentary shuttle to the airport. A weeklong covered storage will cost $75 AUD while the uncovered slot will cost $65 AUD.
Arriving in Colombo
Australian travellers will need to have a valid Sri Lanka visa for their flight from Brisbane to Colombo. This can be organised online prior to departure. All flights from BNE land at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
How to Get from Bandaranaike International Airport to Your Colombo Hotel or Accommodation
Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is 35 kilometres from the Colombo city centre. Taxis are the most popular mode of transfer. The 45-minute journey will cost ₹2867 INR ($55 AUD). The Sri Lanka Express bus offers a daytime-only journey from Bandaranaike International Airport for ₹66 INR ($1.27 AUD). The Mini Bus line 178 can take 90 minutes to travel from the airport to the city centre, however it rarely operates at night. The one-way fare is ₹204 INR ($3.90 AUD) and in some cases, the driver can charge an additional ₹200 INR ($3.80 AUD) for luggage. No matter which bus route you take, note that tickets can be bought from the driver using rupees only.
Things to do in Colombo
Shop ‘til you drop in the Pettah neighbourhood. The crowded open-air bazaar is brimming with interesting bric-a-brac, souvenirs and opportunities to sample local fare. Be sure to bargain with merchants to get a fair price. Have a family-friendly day out at Excel World Entertainment Park. The amusement park offers a wide range of rides as well as video games, laser tag, and a pool lounge. Get a bit of history in at the Colombo National Museum. Each gallery in the museum showcases a different aspects of Sri Lankan history, including jewellery, clothing, weapons and pottery. The well-organised site attracts historical and archaeological enthusiasts. Explore the spiritual significance of Sri Lanka’s Gangaramaya Buddhist Temple, one of Sri Lanka’s most important temples.