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Currency Exchange at the airport

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Currency Exchange at the airport


We are arriving at 4.15am into Colombo airport.. will there be anywhere open in the airport to exchange money? or just an ATM?

If not do the Taxi drivers except Pounds Sterling, American Dollars or Euros?



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1. Re: Currency Exchange at the airport

Hi Kelly,

The bank counters are open 24/7 all year around. Make sure you ask for plenty of small denomination notes.

10,s 20,s 50,s 100,s and 200,s. . No one ever has change when you buy small items or for tips, tuk tuk fares, etc.

There are also ATM,s available at the airport but using them you don't get the small denomination notes. Just 1000,s and 2000,s.

Taxi drivers will probably take anything but you can be sure the exchange rate will suit them much more than it will you.


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Do you get good rates for exchanging from sterling at the airport banks? or are you better going into Negombo?

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Got a good rate from airport. Although better can be done.

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4. Re: Currency Exchange at the airport

Banks in airport give exactly the same rate as banks in town.

However, by searching for licensed money changers in e.g. Negombo one can get a somewhat better rate, maybe 2-3%. Make sure to get a receipt with changer's name and license no, otherwise no re-exchange of leftover rupees upon leaving Lanka.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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