Colombo car hire

Colombo car hire

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
28 Oct — 4 Nov
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo car hire information

Pick-up locationColombo
Hire locations41
Airport locations5

Colombo car hire reviews and directory

From $30/dayRated no. 1
Sixt
Best rated
Most popular
Cheapest deal
5.4 Okay (4 reviews)
3 locations in Colombo
Sixt
Locations in Colombo
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Recent reviews
4.8 Okay28 Aug. 2019
Bad dont go for it they ment not to make me driving authorization to force me to driver and i will complain about that
3.2 Mediocre18 Apr. 2019
Make sure if customer paid for a car with air conditioning you should provide that. We had to suffer without AC. Very very unfair.
10.0 Excellent4 Dec. 2018
Easy pick up, excellent serviceVery friendly and helpful staff. We extended our rental and the process was very easy.Everything was good
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From $42/day
SR RENT A CAR
21 locations in Colombo
SR RENT A CAR
Locations in Colombo
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Casons Rent A Car
8 locations in Colombo
Casons Rent A Car
Locations in Colombo
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keddy by Europcar
2 locations in Colombo
keddy by Europcar
Locations in Colombo
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Kings Rental Corfu
2 locations in Colombo
Kings Rental Corfu
Locations in Colombo
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Dollar
1 location in Colombo
Dollar
Locations in Colombo
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Hertz
1 location in Colombo
Hertz
Locations in Colombo
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Sri Lanka Rent a Car
1 location in Colombo
Sri Lanka Rent a Car
Locations in Colombo
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Thrifty
1 location in Colombo
Thrifty
Locations in Colombo
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4 travellers who hired a car in Colombo gave the car agency they used an average rating of 5.4

Car hire locations in or near Colombo

Good to know

Most popular agency

Sixt

Most popular car type

Economy

Average price

$38/day

Good deal

$32/day

When to book a car hire in Colombo

Average daily price per month
Car hire prices as pick-up date approaches

Car hire excess insurance in Colombo

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) & Theft Protection Waiver

Collision damage waiver and theft protection are insurance options that cover renters from paying high penalty fees if the car is stolen or returned damaged. Some Colombo car providers already include Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) and Theft Protection Waiver into the rental price but not all of them. We recommend always be aware of your coverage when renting a car in in Colombo.

Deductible

Keep in mind that car hire excess insurances often have a deductible clause, which is the amount you’ll have to pay if something happens during the time of your rental. If you want to avoid unwanted surprises, you should consider adding a no-deductible option to your Colombo car rental.

Top tips for hiring a car in Colombo

  • Once you get out of the city, you have well-maintained open roads that will take you to a variety of tourist attractions outside of the city itself. The public transport system in Colombo consists mostly of buses that can be really crowded inside, and if an event is on, you may not get a seat. With a car hire in Colombo, you can also tour around Sri Lanka, as you can pack all your luggage into the car and stay wherever you want.
  • If you have not driven in a foreign country like Sri Lanka before and are planning a car hire in Colombo, then you will find driving out near the airport much easier than in Colombo itself. This will give you time to adjust to the traffic and road before getting to the city, if that's your destination. You can pick up and drop off the vehicle at the airport; the counter for car hire is located at the right of the arrivals, just a short walk away. 
  • If this is your first time driving a car in Sri Lanka, you will need to go slow and observe your surroundings carefully whilst driving the streets of Colombo. Everything moves at a fast pace, and cars, bikes, buses and people will all, at some point, end up in front of you. Once you get used to the chaos, you will start to see the flow and be able to go with it. 
  • If you're considering car hire in Colombo, it's best to get comprehensive car insurance and find out what it covers in your agreement. This helps as the road rules in place in Sri Lanka are only loosely adhered to on the road. If driving a hire car in Colombo or the surrounding areas, you need to be wary of wildlife, such as elephants and cows. Usually animals are more on the move around dusk and dawn, but that is not necessarily the case with cows and other domestic animals in Sri Lanka, as they can be accompanied by people.
  • 25% of our users found a car hire in Colombo for $32 or less
  • Book your car hire in Colombo at least 5 weeks before your trip in order to get a below-average price
  • Economy car hires in Colombo are around 24% cheaper than other car types, on average

FAQs about hiring a car in Colombo

  • One car hire company which has updated their car rental health and safety policies due to COVID-19 to make sure vehicles are clean and disinfected is Europcar

  • On average a hire car in Colombo costs $38 per day.

  • The average price of fuel in Colombo is $4.64 per litre over the past 30 days. Filling up a tank of fuel costs between $56 and $74, depending on the car size.

  • Economy (Chevrolet Spark or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Colombo.

  • Car hire companies onsite at Bandaranaike Intl airport include Sixt and SR RENT A CAR.

  • Car hire companies that offer shuttle or pick-up services from Bandaranaike Intl airport to off-airport locations include Sixt and Europcar.

  • Take a look at our extensive car hire location map to find the best car hire deals near you.

  • A Economy car hire in Colombo costs $40 per day, on average.

  • A Intermediate car hire in Colombo costs $43 per day, on average.

  • A Compact car hire in Colombo costs $100 per day, on average.

  • In Colombo, cars are most frequently hired at Europcar Canada Friendship Rd (27 km from city centre ).

  • On average hiring a car in Colombo costs $267 per week ($38 per day).

  • On average a car hire in Colombo costs $1,146 per month ($38 per day).

  • If you are considering Colombo car hire and are not sure what kind of car to hire, we recommend a small, automatic car. In and around the city, and on a double lane street, the lanes can be quite narrow and the locals are used to it, so they will not slow down; this is normal to them but you would probably feel safer in something smaller.

  • The speed limit in Colombo for cars is 60 km/h in the city itself, and outside of the city, it is 70 km/h. They use mobile speed traps to monitor your speed, and you could be fined if caught. You are best to watch out for animals to avoid injury or damage to your car.

  • The cost of petrol for your hire car in Colombo is around Rs 134.80 (A$ 0.89) per litre. The easiest way to find a service station is to plan your day by visiting a site called Lanka IOC, which has a list of service stations available in Colombo and the surrounding district.

  • The city of Colombo has some free parking on some streets, and others have free parking along the whole stretch, such as Galle Road. You can get a card from stores that are close to the meters or you can pay cash, but if you do pay with cash you’ll need the exact amount, as the meters don't give change. There are also a number of free and paid car parks dotted throughout the city. You cannot park on footpaths or in prohibited parking areas or your car will be towed. They issue fines for parking, so you will need to keep an eye on signs and the time in order to not get one.