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Taxi Rates @ Colombo Cruise Terminal

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Taxi Rates @ Colombo Cruise Terminal

We are in Colombo next month for one day on a cruise ship.

I understand that only certain licensed taxis with a port entry permit are allowed to ply for hire with cruise ship passengers on the dockside.

Any idea what is the daily going rate for such a taxi, A/C, with English-speaking driver/guide?

We would like a full-day tour, including a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Zoo.

Thanks.

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1. Re: Taxi Rates @ Colombo Cruise Terminal

Well, we went to Colombo last week, and the few licensed taxis allowed into the port want $200-300 per day for a four door saloon car and driver. That is an absolute fortune in Sri Lanka!

We walked a few hundred yards to the port gates, accompanied by new "friends" trying to rent us their cab at these extortionate rates. They even refused $120 plus tip, knowing they would get their $200 from more gullible passengers.

Outside the gates we met Mr Rodrigo and his newish, very comfortable, 10-seater, fully-A/C Toyota minibus, who was happy to take us to the elephant sanctuary, a two and half hour drive each way for $120.

He is a very safe driver - essential in Colombo, where the traffic is horrendous. I would suggest you don't put more than 7 passengers in the bus on a long journey, as then the back seat passengers have a spare middle seat between them.

I commend Rodrigo to you:

Email: gayanarosh444@gmail.com

Mobile: +94-777-570016

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2. Re: Taxi Rates @ Colombo Cruise Terminal

USD 120 is still overpriced. USD 85 would have been a reasonable price.

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4. Re: Taxi Rates @ Colombo Cruise Terminal

Yes, but this was for a potentially 10 pax, all day trip, with an excellent driver and guide, who accompanied us within the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary.

Strange isn't it, that I posted the question a month ago and had no replies, but as soon as I recommend a driver, the post goes live with other contributors and other inappropriate posts removed from the forum.

Rodrigo is a top man and driver.

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I think the previous post #3 was removed because it was a duplicate of post #1

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