Flights from London to Colombo

Tips and tricks to help you find cheap flights from London to Colombo

Favourite airline: Emirates
The majority of passengers on the route London – Colombo prefer to fly with Emirates.
13 %
Qatar Airways
10 %
SriLankan Airlines
3 %
Tip: book 2 months before departure
Tip: book flights on this route 2 months before departure and save up to 44 %.
63 days before departure
Cheapest weekday: Monday
Flight prices fluctuate during the week. Flights are 4 % cheaper on Monday.
Stopover flights are the cheapest connection
Flights with a stopover are on average £107.00 cheaper than direct flights.
non stop flight
1 stop
2 stops
10h 45min
13h 40min
28h 50min
Favourite connection: via Doha
Stopover flights on this route are especially popular via Doha, making up 18 % of bookings.
1 stopover Doha
23h 40min, from £429
18 %
1 stopover Dubai
14h 30min, from £461
14 %
1 stopover Abu Dhabi
13h 40min, from £407
8 %

Useful information about the flight from London to Colombo

Colourful and Vibrant

Colombo Colombo, Sri Lanka's colourful and vibrant capital, attracts travellers with its striking contrasts of cosmopolitan flair and colonial heritage. A port city near the Indian Ocean, the bustling metropolis offers visitors an eclectic cultural diversity, as well as being the gateway to traditional and modern Sri Lanka.

Best time for climate and festivals

Sri Lanka's tropical year-round climate makes it an exceptional tourist destination. From January to March, visitors experience lower temperatures with less rain. The country's rainy seasons are from October to January and May till July. Many festivals occur throughout the year in Colombo. During July/ August, thousands of visitors come to the Esala Perahera Buddhist festival at the "Sri Dalada Maligawa" temple in Kandy during the full moon. The "Temple of the Tooth" houses the revered relic of Buddha's tooth. Ever year, an elephant parade and procession transports a replica of the structure around Kandy.   

Planning your trip to Colombo - visas and vaccinations

British passport holders need a visa for a Sri Lankan visit. Passports must be valid at least six months from date of arrival. The recommended vaccines are Hepatitis A, typhus, tetanus, rabies and diphtheria. 

Be sensitive and respectful of Sri Lankan customs, especially around temples and statues of Buddha. Never turn your back on Buddha statues (even when taking pictures). Prices in Sri Lanka are much lower than in Britain. Streetfood snacks costs start at about 100 LKR while lunch is priced from around 300 LKR and an evening meal in restaurants costs about 750 LKR. Local beer costs about 200 LKR.

Getting to the city centre and around 

To travel from the airport to Colombo, the Intercity Bus 187 takes passengers to the main station. The journey on the motorway takes about 40-60 minutes, depending on traffic and costs about 110 LKR. The main station has connections to other destinations such as Kandy. During the low season, hostel accommodation costs about 1000 LKR per person in shared dormitories. More luxurious rooms start around 5000 LKR. Public buses are cheaper than taxis or tuk-tuks, but tuk-tuks are probably the most practical public transport method. Metered tuk-tuks are the best option with a starting price of about LKR50, 4-5km costs around LKR200; 6km around LKR250. Book train tickets to other Sri Lankan cities well in advance.

Flight information London - Colombo
Cheap direct flights
Flight details London - Colombo
  • Flight duration: min. 10:15 / max. 10:30
  • Distance: 8705 km
  • Flights per week: 11
  • Return flight duration: min. 11:30 / max. 11:50