Wondering how to get from Colombo airport to Sigiriya? When arriving in Sri Lanka from abroad, you will most likely do so by airplane. Bandaranaike International Airport, also known as Colombo Airport, is located 20 miles north of Colombo and is the largest airport in Sri Lanka.
Every year around 66 thousand airplanes arrive or depart from it, carrying more than 10 million passengers to or from the island.
The ancient city of Sigiriya is one of the must-see places in Sri Lanka. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most important monuments of the ancient Sinhalese civilization.
It was constructed in the 5th century AD, on top of the 200 meters high rock.
Because of the huge statue of a lion, which formed the main gate to the citadel on its top, this rock today is called Sinhagiri or Lion Rock. Or this statue today remains only the front paws which straddle the gate on both sides.
The Lion Rock is surrounded by a complex of gardens, pools, and water tanks. Many of the pools are interconnected by underground water lines, of which many are still functional.
Some of the pools have limestone fountains, and particularly during the wet season, they become active, as the water arrives in them from the nearby tank by these underground lines.
Private Taxi from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya
The most comfortable and the most convenient way to travel from Bandaranaike International Airport, also known as Colombo Airport, is by a private taxi.
Traveling by a private taxi means enjoying the comfort of a passenger vehicle and the air conditioned atmosphere.
A vehicle that has ample room for your luggage and which you do not need to share with other commuters. And a vehicle that doesn’t make any unwanted stops along the way.
T2 Travels Sri Lanka can provide you the pinnacle of private taxi services in Sri Lanka.
When you arrive at the airport, your driver will meet and greet you and escort you to your vehicle. And in the shortest possible amount of time, you will arrive at your destination relax and rested, ready to enjoy your holiday in this magnificent place.
If you are traveling as a larger group, T2 Travels Sri Lanka will provide you with a modern luxurious vehicle that will be appropriate for your needs. And if the members of your group are the little ones, the appropriate number of the baby or booster seats will also be provided.
Your trip from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya by a private taxi will be in a true door to door fashion, safe and comfortable.
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Transfers from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya By Train
Traveling by train from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Sigiriya by train is a bit of a challenge.
The first obstacle is the lack of a train station near the airport, and second the lack of train station in Sigiriya. Thus you can travel by train only part of the way.
The nearest train station is in Colombo, which you can reach by embarking on a line 256 bus at the 18th Mile Post bus stop, which is located some 900 meters north from the arrivals terminal.
Through this stop, line 256 busses pass on average every 10 to 15 minutes.
This bus will take you to Colombo Central bus Stand, from which you will need to walk around 700 meters to the Colombo Fort train station.
From this station there are three daily departures, at 0605, 1505, and 2130; and with them, you can reach the town of Habarana.
The train station in Habarana is some 25-minutes’ drive from the ancient city of Sigiriya, and from it, you will have to take a taxi to your destination.
- Train duration is around 7 hours 30 minutes.
- Train cost is from €4.00 (excluding taxi fare from Habarana).
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Transfer from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya By Bus
Traveling by bus from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya is some what similar to traveling by train, in the sense that the first leg of your journey will take you to Colombo Central Bus Stand, in the same manner, by taking a line 256 bus from the 18th Mile Post bus stop, where it passes on average every 10 to 15 minutes.
From Central Bus Stand you will have to walk around 500 meters to Colombo Fort bus Station. From here buses on lines 48 and 49 depart around the clock in intervals between 15 and 35 minutes.
These buses pass through both Dambulla and Habarana, from where you will have to catch a taxi to your destination.
- Bus duration is around 7 hours.
- Bus price is from €2.50 (excluding taxi fare from Dambulla or Habarana).