|Car types||Commercial, Compact, Compact SUV, Economy, Full-size SUV, Intermediate SUV, Passenger van, Premium SUV, Standard, Standard SUV|
|Popular agencies||SR RENT A CAR , Sri Lanka Rent a Car, Hertz, Sixt|
Driving in Colombo traffic involves almost constant vying for space on the road, which is why a compact vehicle might be the best choice for getting around the inner city. That being said, those travelling in larger groups or with plans on exploring the rural areas would be better suited to a bigger vehicle, such as an SUV.
For your car hire in Colombo, it is important to be aware of the speed limits imposed across Sri Lanka. For urban areas, this is 60km/h (roughly 40mph) for cars and light vehicles, which rises to 70km/h (roughly 45mph) outside the city. Of course, going at such speed will only be possible when the traffic permits it and it is always wise to reduce your speed while getting used to Colombo’s roads.
Much of the car parking in Colombo is operated by Tenaga, which not only provides private multi-storey car parks, but also operates the smart parking meters that can be found at the side of the road. A Touch Parking Card can be bought for about Rs.200 (roughly £1.97) and can be used throughout the network, you simply need to top up your balance to ensure you always have money on your card. Parking can also be found in commercial areas, but be aware that use is usually limited to customers only.
On average a car hire in Colombo costs £36 per day.
In the past 72 hours, the cheapest car hires were found at Hertz (£20/day), Sri Lanka Rent a Car (£22/day) and Sixt (£68/day). In the last 72 hours the cheapest hire car price was found at Hertz Lvl 1 130 Nawala Rd 00500 (4 miles from the city centre).
The average price of fuel in Colombo is £3.84 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between £46 and £61, depending on the car size.
Compact (Perodua Axia or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Colombo.
Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.
A Compact car hire in Colombo costs £26 per day, on average.
A Full Size car hire in Colombo costs £37 per day, on average.
An Intermediate car hire in Colombo costs £34 per day, on average.
In Colombo, cars are most frequently hired at SR RENT A CAR Colombo Airport (17 miles from city centre).
On average a car hire in Colombo costs £250 per week (£36 per day).
On average a car hire in Colombo costs £1,070 per month (£36 per day).
Most car hire providers in Colombo offer insurance but the level of protection can differ substantially. If you're unsure whether to get extra protection for your car hire in Colombo, check out KAYAK's car hire insurance guide.
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Some Colombo car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the hire price but not all of them. We recommend being aware of your coverage when hiring a car in Colombo.
Keep in mind that car hire insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your hire. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a non-deductible option to your Colombo car hire.