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Find cheap flights to Sri Lanka from £183

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Flight from London Luton Airport to Colombo

FAQs - booking Sri Lanka flights

  • Can I leave from different British airports to fly to Sri Lanka?

    You can easily find cheap flights to Sri Lanka departing from a UK city near you. All five of London's airports offer them, and you can also choose to leave from both major airports in Scotland: Edinburgh Turnhouse (EDI) and Glasgow Airport (GLA). If you're in Northern Ireland you can leave from Belfast City Airport (BHD) and from Dublin Airport (DUB) in Ireland. Otherwise you'll find flights leaving from other major airports, like Manchester (MAN) and Newcastle (NCL). All of them land at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) in Colombo.

  • How do I get to the centre of Colombo from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)?

    It will take you about 45 min to get from Bandaranaike Airport to the Colombo city centre by bus. From the airport terminal, follow the signs to the Katunayake Airport Bus Station. The National Transport Commission buses leave every 30 min, taking you straight to the central Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal. You can also take a Sri Lankan Railways train from the same Katunayake departure terminal to Central Maradana Station. This will take just under 1 hour.

  • Are there non-stop flights to Sri Lanka?

    The only airline that flies directly to Sri Lanka from the UK is SriLankan Airlines, which flies from London Heathrow (LHR). All other airlines, including Etihad Airways and Saudia flying from Manchester, will include at least one stopover. Emirates flies from Newcastle Airport (NCL) via Dubai.

  • Can I carry duty free alcohol into Sri Lanka?

    Visitors to Sri Lanka who want to enjoy their favourite drink while on holiday are allowed to take up to 1.5 litres of spirits and two bottles of wine into the country duty free. This can be carried as hand luggage if purchased at your departure airport or in the hold if purchased before checking in.

  • Is it easy to fly from Colombo to other locations in Sri Lanka?

    There are a number of small domestic airports located in cities such as Koggala, Dickwella and Trincomalee and it is possible to book connecting flights from Colombo to these locations. SriLankan Airlines operates an air taxi service in codeshare with Cinnamon Air, which flies small aircraft between the major cities.

  • I am travelling to Hikkaduwa Beach, where should I fly to?

    As Hikkaduwa Beach is located to the south of Sri Lanka, you will need to book a flight into Colombo and then organise for a road or rail transfer to take you the 71.45 mi to your final destination.

  • How long is the flight to Sri Lanka?

    An average direct flight from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka takes 21h 52m, covering a distance of 5456 miles. The most popular route is London - Colombo with an average flight time of 10h 25m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to Sri Lanka?

    The cheapest ticket to Sri Lanka from the United Kingdom found in the last 72 hours was £493 one-way, and £414 round-trip. The most popular route is London Heathrow to Colombo Bandaranaike Intl and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was £480.

  • Which airlines fly to Sri Lanka?

    Air Canada & SriLankan Airlines fly the most frequently from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka. The most popular route is from London to Colombo, and Air Canada and SriLankan Airlines fly this route the most.

  • How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to Sri Lanka

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Sri Lanka flight deals.
  • You can often find cheap flights to Sri Lanka by choosing those that make more than one stopover en route. A good example of this is the combination flight operated by Lufthansa together with SriLankan Airlines from Heathrow Airport (LHR), which lands first at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) and then at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport (BOM).
  • While it's not mandatory to use child seats for young children if you're hiring a car, it's highly recommended, as the traffic conditions can be busy and erratic in the centre of Colombo, after you've driven in from the airport. When you find cheap flights to Sri Lanka and book car hire at the same time at KAYAK, remember to book these too.
  • You can save significantly on carbon emissions by choosing specific flights on this route. SriLankan Airlines flights departing from Heathrow emit just under 50% less CO2 than average, making it a very attractive option. Otherwise choose the combination flight between Air India and SriLankan Airlines to save over 55%.
  • Sri Lanka has one international airport, which is located in the capital, Colombo. Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) is situated to the north of Colombo and receives flights from the UK to Sri Lanka and also has onward connections to domestic airports, such as Sigiriya Airport (GIU) in the centre of the country.
  • If you are planning on travelling to Sri Lanka in April, you should be aware that airfares might be higher during this period, especially in the latter half of the month, as the Sinhalese New Year is celebrated in the middle of April every year and Sri Lanka becomes a popular destination.
  • For visitors wanting to spend time in the centre of Sri Lanka, you might consider booking a connecting domestic flight from Colombo to Sigiriya Airport. There are regular flights to Sigiriya operated by Cinnamon Air, Sri Lanka’s domestic airline, and from this base, you can continue your exploration via other forms of transport.
  • Visitors to Sri Lanka must have a visa to enter the country and while it is possible to do this on arrival at the airport in Colombo, you could save time by applying for an ETA visa online beforehand. The visa is valid for 30 days, starting from the date of your arrival in Sri Lanka, but this can be extended for up to 6 months.
  • It is better to buy your Sri Lankan currency once you have arrived in the country as traveller’s cheques are often not accepted. There are money exchange counters and ATMs at the airport in Colombo and it is a good idea to change some money as soon as you land in case you need to pay for your airport transfer in cash.
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Top 5 airlines flying to Sri Lanka

 
Need help choosing which airline to fly with from the United Kingdom to Sri Lanka? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
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EmiratesOverall score based on 4097 reviews
8.2boarding
8.1comfort
7.9food
8.3crew
8.3entertainment
Airline reviews

The flight was great. We had to purchase extra long seats for the long flight. But overall it was great.

10.0 ExcellentKevin, Mar 2024DXB - JFK
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The flight was great. We had to purchase extra long seats for the long flight. But overall it was great.

Absolutely terrible delays for 3 hours changed seats after we paid an upgrade on both legs. It appears it’s up to us to request a refund after they down graded our seat. Never again !!

They had superb boarding (started an hour before flight time). Timely pushback from them gate and an early arrival. Flight and service was very comfortable. I wanted to move my flight to an earlier one, only thing was there was no one at emirates in Heathrow to help. Had to call the call the center and pay to change. There were ample seats on the flight though

Newly reconfigured 380 I assume. Has a new ife with usb c ports and Bluetooth connections

Me and 2 other rows were forgotten during food service. We waited over an hour before they finally served our food. Then only had what was left. They did apologize. Also, they locked the bathroom due to turbulence and my 4 year old had to pee himself because they wouldn’t unlock it for him.

I liked theAVML food. Taste was alright and quantity was enough. Sometimes during the flight I felt that the smell from toilet was coming to the cabin

Lovely experience. I feel like travelling in Emirates.. The flights are always superb.Vegan food served was really good..

On both legs of my trips (Jhb - Dxb and Dxb - Jhb) the entertainment system did not work.

CREW manager was rude and nasty Crew was not friendly either and had discriminatory attitude.

There was a smell front the washroom on flight. There could have been efforts to ensure better sanitation/air circulation once used severally.

No towels or tissue and chocolate and mint provided before arrival

I staff or crew they were very friendly and humbly, they done theirs service very well, I appreciate them and thank you to the company or Qatar 🇶🇦 Government for providing as good service in their flight ,once again, thank you 😊 🙏 😀 😉 👍

Online check-in doesn't work. That's why I couldn't give it full Star.

Bad experience with the delay n long wait time for connecting flight after missing the connection flight from Doha.

To many ads. 3 or 4 between each movie. All repetitive, all related to Doha which I was just passing thru.

Boarding procedures are very tiring. We have to clear security twice for our connecting flights from Doha. Also every time we board flights we have to show boarding passes 5-6 times.

No separate queue for business class/platinum passengers. I had to stay in the long queue to board. I requested breakfast before landing, but the crew didn't offer, except a coffee with milk. No tea with milk was available. Had asked for cookies, but didn't receive them. The crew in the business class was not good in terms of service..

I didn't understand why I got dropped off at departures on exiting the plane at Doha aiport. I had to find my own way to immigration/baggage reclaim which wasn't easy as staff in the departure section just tell you ti scan your boarding pass. This was very poor b qatar Airways. I spent 2 hours soyung this out and once I got to get my suitcase it was delayed. So instead of getting to the hotel at about midnight I got there at three in the morning. I wonder why I upgraded to business?

Crews are very rude and unhelpful. Cramped seats in economy. Foods are useless

Ultimate customer care humble and excellent service oriented crew , perfect timing maintained by the crew . My profound appreciation.

Good range of movies but lacking decent tv shows. Wifi was really expensive on this flight, considering flights under 7 hours have a $9.99 USD charge for streaming, to jump up to $24.99 for a 7 hour 40 flight seemed a little bit of a rip off. Staff are inattentive, and really need to improve on the customer experience.

Etihad broke my suitcase Also over charged me for luggage

Entertainment did not work from flight from Abu Dhabi to Kolkata. Emirates has a much better flight in that sector.

Very unfriendly team. It was very difficult to get a cup of coffee. Legroom was extremely small. Old, dilapidated plane.

Boarding was quick and efficient. Ground staff were pleasant and courteous. Food was tasty, portions were good for me. Food containers kept slipping on the tray. Tray would look better with an anti-skid tray mat. I had the bulkhead seat which was very uncomfortable for couple of reasons. Aircraft is designed with no throughput to move across aisle to aisle. Passengers kept jumping over my legs to get from one side to the other to use the toilet. Secondly I had a mother and 9 month baby next to me. Mom had to hold baby for 12 hours in her lap as he did not fit into the bassinet. Half the baby was on my lap during the flight. Aircraft temperature was very cold - light attendant said it was the central cooling and nothing could be done about it. Movie selection was very poor old and outdated.

Crew member took too long time to take back leftover food plates from passenger seats. Food was nice.Easy excellent checking.Guy at checking counter was really kind and helpful.Made our checking very quickly. Leftover food should be taken back ASAP. Because in economy class passanger have narrow space . In the long journey like this, passanger have difficulties to sit with the plates.overall experience was good.

Everything is good and improved and needs to improve economy class seat more specious so long journey we can enjoy and it will be give more relaxable. Overall all services good and safely landed . I enjoyed my journey and all the cabin crew members services very well.

Crew did not cooperate… I just asked water twice for one crew member and she didn’t get anything.. and when I asked other crew member he gave me water and he was not respectful.. I kept Hindu non veg meal chicken .. when I get my turn chicken was not provided and then they gave me veg paneer and green peas curry which I don’t like..

Very very bad service very tight seats never ever flying with Etihad again

Short travel duration. However, I had placed meal preference while booking my air ticket but was given vegetarian meal on board. Food was okay. Not so great. Didn't like Spanish eggplant, cold chickpeas salad. No hot soup was available. Everything cold cold only.

Very good crew, very efficient. Unfortunately not all items listed in duty free catalog were available.

Many changes need to be addressed from airport check in to flight departure. If they observe other major airlines, then they can expect what Sri Lankan airlines need to update their procedures.

Very professional and well managed. On time, great staff and comfortable.

Smooth takeoff and landing. Best service experience in all our travels over the years. Caring and attentive crew. Loved our flight to and fro.

not looking like a national flag carrier.. both the ground team and flight team are far from being kind and helpful. Not sure what's wrong.

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Terrible experience. Unexpected wait due to staff delay was not taken proper care. Food inflight could be better where as flight attendees on flight hospitality was 100%

Aircraft used fir this route was pretty old. Seats 💺 were hard & difficult to reclaim although it was flat bed

Because of the bubble agreement b/w India and Srilanka, I was not allowed to board the flight to Columbo. My experience about airport representatives was good. They were through in their job and saved my family from getting stuck in Columbo (as I would not be able to fly to Doha because of bubble agreement). So by their prompt attention, such a catastrophe was avoided. For this reason, even without flying with them, I would rate them 7/10.

The boarding process was a disaster. No one respects the boarding groups—tired old aeroplane. There are no sockets to charge phones. The cushion seats are ancient and hurts back and gluts

Check in process was unfamiliar. While receiving assistance the employees supervisor berated him for not walking the area. Lucky for us, he ignored her and helped us check in. Did not know about the baggage fees with economy basic and spent 450 GBP (nearly$600) just on bags for a total of less than 2 hours flying time (50 minutes one way) on a round trip lasting less than 3 days. Customers check their own bags at kiosk and place on conveyor themselves. No reason for such an high cost of checking bags when customers do half the work. Some destinations it’s unavoidable, but will definitely seek other airlines before British Airways for future travel. Astronomically high price for bags. Our first experience flying British Airways and very, very disappointed. Completely overpriced for the services we received.

Check in process was unfamiliar. While receiving assistance the employees supervisor berated him for not walking the area. Lucky for us, he ignored her and helped us check in. Did not know about the baggage fees with economy basic and spent 450 GBP (nearly$600) just on bags for a total of less than 2 hours flying time (50 minutes one way) on a round trip lasting less than 3 days. Astronomically high price for bags. Our first experience flying British Airways and very disappointed. Completely overpriced for the service we received.

Both mine and my husband's chairs were broken. Also it took 2 hours to get our bags after our flight which was wild.

Having traveled from Canada through Seattle -London-Edinburgh with only carry on ( to keep trip uncomplicated ) We had to check our hand luggage at the gate as flight was full This was really annoying since due to their late flight in from Seattle we’d missed our orginal flight to Edinburgh and had been put on a flight four hours later We had no checked luggage with no need to go to the baggage carousel Very annoying

To take off on time but warned about a possible delay by enail which was good

perhaps eye contact with the cabin crew, instead of abruptness and an impatience to serve.

Crew and boarding fine. Flight delayed, then delayed again after boarding.

Not enough trash pickups throughout the flight. Everything else was great.

Overall good, the gluten free food is very hit/miss though and you must tell them you have an allergy days in advance.

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