The most popular way to get about in Sri Lanka is to hire a driver. We work with a very reputable company in Sri Lanka who have their own fleet of vehicles and a team of professional English speaking drivers. The drivers have a good knowledge of the country, enabling them to double up as general tour guides. We can cater for groups of any size.
It is possible to rent a car in Sri Lanka, but we strongly advise against it as the roads are poor and the driving conditions challenging.
As for the trains in Sri Lanka, incorporating a train ride into your itinerary is a lovely thing to do, and certain routes are world famous for their incredible scenery. But this should be incorporated as an experience, rather than an efficient way of travelling round the island, as delays and cancellations are common. We can pre-book first class tickets for you and arrange for your driver to follow the train with your luggage so you don’t have to worry about hauling it on board.
For longer journeys, Sri Lanka is now well serviced with a series of domestic flights and even helicopter transfers in some spots. The Sri Lankan Airline flights from Colombo to the new international airport in Hambantota are cheap and have made the journey to Sri Lanka’s southeast coast much more manageable. There is also a great company called Cinnamon Air, who offer both scheduled flights and a charter service. This works especially well for small groups of 5-7 who can privately charter a seaplane to suit their own timings and route. Although this sounds expensive it can work out to be quite reasonable transport for the right size group.