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.
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.
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.
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.