Colombo - Terminal map, lounges, bars & restaurants
Beware the Colombo airport can be surprisingly busy, and although there are some seating areas situated alongside its length, they are quite inadequate at times of congestion.
First & Business Class lounges at Colombo Airport
Expansion plansThe airport you see now was built under the "Stage 1, Phase II" Expansion Project, which includes the pier with eight aero-bridges, which opened in November 2005.
A new terminal with an additional eight gates are proposed to be built under Stage II of the Phase II Expansion Project. Construction of the new Stage II, Phase II Expansion Project is expected to commence in 2012 and is expected to be completed in 2015
a new pier with eight boarding gates and 14 passenger boarding bridges with a dedicated gate comprising two passenger boarding bridges for the operations of the A380 Airbus will be included in the proposed new development.
Colombo Airport Bars
Colombo Airport Hangar BarOpen: 24hoursLocation: Left by Duty Free The Hangar Bar is a Colombo Airport institution, by nature of the way it is the only place to get a beer at the airport, and it is open 24 hours a day.
The main staple in here is Lion Beer: the local Sri Lankan beer, however there are also other international beers: Heiniken, and VB.
Colombo Airport transportation
Colombo Airport trainThe Colombo Airport Express Rail is a 'high speed' rail line linking the airport to the capital of Sri Lanka.
The line operates as a shuttle from Colombo Secretariat to Bandaranaike International Airport using 'realatively' modern Japanese built rolling stock. It is however by far the most modern rail line in Sri Lanka.
The problem is getting to the station: it is a fair way from the airport terminal. If you ask any taxi driver they will deny that the station, or indeed any public transport, exists.
To get to the station from the airport, take a three wheel Tuk-Tuk. Insist that they take you to the station, and not into the town.
At the other end of the line, the aiport train terminates at the Secretariat wayside halt: convenient for the parliament building, but a good 20 minutes from the main central rail station.
Colombo Airport bus servicesTaking a bus from Colombo Airport into the town makes a lot of sense, until you try and do it. Business run from 4.30am until 11pm, and the cost is a mere 90Rp.
Alas, Domestic buses are not permitted up to the airport: instead, they pick up in a little layby on the main coast road a good half a mile away. To get to the buess, wait outside the main airport terminal for a 3 wheel TukTuk: these will drop you off at the bus layby.
Colombo Airport shuttleTravellers should know that many bus, limousine and shuttle bus services operating to and from Colombo Airport usually require pre-booking.
Car Hire at Colombo AirportMajor car hire operators are located in the Arrivals Halls. To save time and ensure you get the car you want, book your rental in advance. Rental car operators from Colombo Airport include: Europcar, Thrifty, Avis and Budget.
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