From Bandaranaike international airport to Dambulla

Kurunegala Bus Stand

Ever wondered about the cheapest way to Dambulla from the Bandaranaike international airport? Come on guys, just start using the Sri Lankan public transportation. All the Sri Lankan cities are well connected by busses and trains that if you start using them you can really save a lot of money. Actually most of the tourists we see along our way are using taxis and they spend 200/300 times more compared to the public transportation.
Here we would like to move away from the text to say that the Colombo Bandaranaike airport is not in Colombo but in a city called Katunayaka which is more than an hour drive from Colombo. So, considering other roots which don't involve passing through Colombo is absolutely a great idea because it is such a chaotic city that sometimes it could take hours and hours to come over.
After having said this point, here following we will give you the "step by step" procedure to move from the Bandaranaike airport to Dambulla.
#1 there is a fixed price taxi counter at the airport. This is the cheapest one among the all others. Take the taxi until Minuangoda, which is just ten minutes drive from the airport. It will cost you 500 Rupies (€2.50). Tell the driver to drop you close to the Kurunegala bus stop. There's an other option which is absolutely cheaper than the one from Minuangoda: there is a  free shuttle bus at the exit of the airport. It will take you to the Katunayaka bus station and from there you can catch the one to Kurunagala. This option will cost you only Rs. 200, means just one Euro.
#2 There are plenty of busses headed to Kurunegala, the red bus number five is the fastest one; the ticket costs 90 Rupies (€0,47) per person and it takes two and a half hours.
#3 Kurunegala is a main port of access to the center-north cities, here you will find the busses to Dambulla. I caught the number 48, but there are much more. The ticket costs 86 Rupies (€0,46) and it takes less than two hours.
In short, within five hours you will reach Dambulla with only 676 Rupies, means €3,43.

Instead of the airport if you are in Negombo, you can take bus number 34 to Kurunegala. Don't be afraid, the Sri Lankan hospitality is well known all over the world, people are ready to help you out if you don't find the exact bus stop. At the beginning it could sound impossible and challenging but once you try you will enjoy the thumping Sri Lankan beats, the flashing lights on the dashboard religious symbols and much more. There are no fixed timetables but don't worry, busses run often. If I'm not mistaken every 15 minutes. 

1 comment:

  1. I Never knew cheapest way to Dambulla from the Bandaranaike international airport, until now!


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