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Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

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Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Does anyone know if there is an intercity express van, or any private minivan company that travels this route? I'm not keen to sit on a train or bus for 5 hours and one-way taxi/car and driver hire is so expensive that hiring a car and driving ourselves there actually works out to be a much cheaper option (even with the car sitting unused for 3 days).

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1. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Self drive is hardly cheaper than hiring a driver due to high insurance premiums.

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2. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

4 day hire from a reputable company, from the airport, starts from only $174 using search engines like Kayak. One way taxi/car hire starts from around $100. If you know of any driver who will do the trip for less, can you please message me with their details?

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3. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Well adding petrol to the equation helps QUITE a lot to understand the situation, and making clear that car-driver is roughly same price as self-drive for roundtrips...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Taxi from Colombo Airport to Kalpitiya should not be more than approx. LKR 11,000 (USD 85).

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5. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Hi Hans

We are two adults (Danish Sri Lankan) and one kid who are planning to go to Kalpitya tomorrow, Friday 7 of February. If you like we could share the cost of the van, 90 USD.

Best,

Nadika

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6. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Seems there 170km according to google maps http://prntscr.com/2q7lrq

In car it should be 40Rs x 170 Km to drop hire

Van 60 Rs x 170 Km to drop

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7. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Thanks Ruwan. That's pretty cheap, even doubling the distance to allow for the driver to return to Colombo. Do you know of any driver who would do this trip for US$55?

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8. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

You don't get one-way hires for LKR 40/km. One-way hires are usually approx. LKR 70-75/km.

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9. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Hi

Did you find a solution to get from Colombo to Kalpitiya? I'm arriving on 3rd November at 12.50pm and looking to get from the airport to Kalpitiya.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Peter

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10. Re: Travel options from Colombo to Kalpitiya

Simply airport cab, cost around Rs 12,000 (Rs 70 @ 170 km)...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]