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Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

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Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

Yes, it's that question again. ;o)

I was in Sri Lanka last year but I was only going to Negombo and the cost of the taxi wasn't an issue. We are arriving again next Sunday and we are going direct from the airport to Aluthgama. Can someone remind me what the story is with regard to official taxis and where we pick them up?

Also, what taxi scams do we have to look out for?

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21. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

Agree, BIATS do not have the newest model vehicles and only few AC vehicles.

Hans

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22. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

Hi there,

I paid about LKR 2900 for an airport transfer to Bambalapitiya in Dec 2011.

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Hello, travelling to hikkaduwa in march, just wondering how much the taxi will be, how long it will take, and a name of a good taxi rank at the airport would be appreciated...thanks

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24. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

Hi there,

All six official desks are okay, they're situated close to the corridor to outside. Count for about Rs 9,000; plus Rs 400 toll for the Expressway, highly recommended if travelling daytime. Generally between 3 and 3.5 hours travel.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Thanks for your prompt reply, very helpful.

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26. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

Hi,

It costs you about 3000LKR and Non A/C.

Off2srilanka

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27. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

Please READ the topic carefully. Last question was on taxi airport to Hikka, no way you'll get that for Rs 3,000. In between was an example of a transfer Airport - Bambalapitiya (Colombo) yes but that was not the question asked :-(

Tnx,

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28. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

You can try the taxi drivers outside first to see if you can get a cheaper ride to hikkaduwa...maybe 6000 but you'll have to make sure there are no "extra" charges at the end and that they take the express way. Don't go via Colombo....atleast 5 hour trip

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29. Re: Official Airport Taxis/Taxi scams

There are no taxi drivers outside the airport, i.e. no taxi ranks.

LKR 6,000 will get you as far as Wadduwa or maybe Kalutara North - half the distance to Hikkaduwa.

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Hi

We are travelling from Columbo airport to Bantota in October landing about 4am. We have had several quotes from hotels and private tour guides we have found on the internet, but we are wondering if there are cheaper options. Would anyone know how much we should expect to pay this journey?

Cheers

Susan