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Regulated taxis or shuttles

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Regulated taxis or shuttles

Do taxis have regulated prices or metered.

We are staying close to the airport & wondered if there are shuttles or buses with hotel drop offs.

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1. Re: Regulated taxis or shuttles

Hi there,

No metering (it's slowly starting for tuktuks now), and solely regulation for the cabs from airport transport desks. See here

https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g29396…

for the rest of the island.

Only a few hotels have their own free shuttle, for all others it's the desks; to e.g. Negombo around Rs 2,000 (USD 15).

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Regulated taxis or shuttles

Thanks. The cost of $25I presume is per cab not per person? I know that in some countries one has to be careful with pirate cabs. Are all the cabs official from the airport?

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3. Re: Regulated taxis or shuttles

Hi again,

Which 25? Above wrote 15...

Yes it's per cab. The official desks are on your right side when entering Arrivals hall (in Colombo there is no taxi rank outside, the cabs all wait in the parking lot and are called from the desk once you have made the booking; a runner accompanies you to outside to match you with the cab).

Pirates (well their proxies) all stand eagerly in the waiting area opposite the desk, trying to out-shout each other to draw your attention. Those who were so honest to report in forum afterwards after having used them invariably have some 'disasters' to tell (and often spent more, not less, money than when doing it the proper way...).

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: Regulated taxis or shuttles

Thanx. I had a senior moment. It sounds fine. We were quoted a lot more per person.

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5. Re: Regulated taxis or shuttles

Well earlier today we had a hotel (probably Cinnamon Blu Trinco) earning the highest marks in selling hot air of a long time: a ride which costs USD 5 and offered by them for, yes, USD 75. Hence your quote is probably still very moderate ;-)

Tnx,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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6. Re: Regulated taxis or shuttles

Unlike in some countries, the cost of the hotel provided airport to hotel shuttle is not included in the room rate. Nowadays we stay in Negombo to rest on arrival and I've always found that the hotel shuttles charge far in excess of a reasonable mark up in Sri Lanka whereas this is not so much the case in other countries I have visited.

The best idea is definitely to go to the taxi desks inside the arrivals hall for fixed price travel. We even book them for our return to the airport, paying for their round trip as this works even cheaper [and with less hassle] than negotiating with local - to - our - home guys.

Archi

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