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Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

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Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Can anyone please tell me how long the journey actually takes from Colombo airport to Mermaid Hotel? Mercury Direct state in their brochure that the hotel is located 25 miles south of the airport yet the transfer time is stated as 2 and a half hours.

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1. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Hi Val

Mercury Direct are correct. It will take 2.5 hours, maybe more in fact, as the airport is north of Colombo and to get to Kalutara means passing through the city and its traffic to get to the beaches south of it.

All the best

Sue

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2. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Hi there...

Mercury Direct's calculations are a "little out" in terms of mileage, Kalutara is in fact about 25 miles from Colombo outskirts, the airport is away from Colombo to the north..

Sue's calculations are about right, so long as you are not clashing with Colombo's heavy rush hour traffic, if so then could take longer than the 2.5 hours..

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Dave

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3. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Mermaid is approx. 25 miles south of Colombo City. The airport is approx. 20 miles north of Colombo City.

Hans

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Thank you everyone for your prompt responses.

Kind regards

Val

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5. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Hi again Val...

Actually, Mercury's latest brochure, recieved a few minutes ago have apparently corrected thier error, now reads 25 miles south of Colombo, of course they still don't mention the airport is 20 miles further to the north..

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Dave

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6. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

I really want to stay at the Mermaid Hotel next September/October for the T20 world cup. My OH thinks it is too far from Colombo where the final will be played, it is an evening start 19.30, is it possible to get back from the cricket ground in Colombo late in the evening or should we consider an overnight stay?

I have looked at the Dolphin hotel too, but of the two, I would suggest, from the TA reviews, that the Mermaid is a nicer hotel?

Val

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7. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Hi Val....

Yes, you can get back from Colombo late at night, best way is pre book a taxi from Mermaid to take you, then wait for you to return, not worth booking an overnight stay in Colombo......

Retruning from Colombo late at night won't take that long, maybe 34 minutes..

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Dave

Edited: 06 October 2011, 11:02
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8. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Ooops...

Should have read 45 minutes, not 34 :-)

Dave

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9. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

I had the same thoughts the 1st time I went to Sri Lanka.

Once you have seen the state of the road & traffic heading south, you'll know why it takes so long to drive a short distance :)

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10. Re: Transfer time from airport to Mermaid Hotel

Thank you everyone, you have all been must helpful & informative. I am really looking forward to booking a holiday to Sri Lanka

Kind regards

Val

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