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Car hire in Sri Lanka

Car hire in Sri Lanka

From the serene hill village of Ella and the iconic fishing vistas of Galle to the bustling capital of Colombo and the historic attractions of Sigiriya, there are endless things to see and do in Sri Lanka.

What I need to know

If you want to see the country by road, there are plenty of Sri Lanka car hire companies to choose from. Compare car hire on the Holiday Autos site and you’ll receive customer support and free cancellation, and you won’t have to pay any credit card fees.

Where to pick up my car

Most of the Sri Lanka car rental offices can be found in and around the capital of Colombo - the starting point for the vast majority of trips in the country. A number of companies are situated at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), which serves Colombo.

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Where to go

Most international travellers will fly into Bandaranaike International Airport in the capital city of Colombo, from which you can drive to destinations including Kandy, Ella and Galle. Sri Lanka’s iconic tourist attractions include the sacred Adam’s Peak and ancient Sigiriya rock fortress. It is also easy to fly onto other destinations in Asia from Sri Lanka, with India very close.

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Drivers in Sri Lanka motor on the left side of the road. The speed limit for open roads is 72km/h and in town motorists must stick to 56km/h. On motorways, the speed limit increases to 120km/h. Standard driving international driving laws generally apply.

Longer drives

One particularly scenic drive in Sri Lanka takes you from Kandy to Mahiyangana. The shorter route involves a number of hairpin bends, and you can gaze on the shimmering paddyfields of the Ampara district as you motor.


Ella is a favourite destination among travellers who desire a few days of tranquility and relaxation. This hill-country destination is peppered with charming guest houses. Take a gentle ramble up Little Adam’s Peak or Ella Rock, and enjoy the stunning views through Ella Gap.


Galle is the most famous southern destination in Sri Lanka, and with good reason. The Dutch-colonial architecture is punctuated by exotic sights and scents, all set to the most tropical of backdrops. Galle’s iconic Fort has been granted UNESCO world heritage status.


History fans will be blown away by incredible Sigiriya. Sigiriya’s dramatic rock formation is topped by the remains of an ancient civilisation. From the top of the rock, you are treated to a breathtaking misty vista of forests, moats filled with lilypads, peaceful shrines and water gardens.