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Average flight time, business class to Colombo from London: 10 Hours 30 Minutes
Airlines with direct business class flights to Colombo from London: Sri Lankan
Airports in Colombo: Bandaranaike International Airport
Distance from London to Colombo: 5411 Miles
Sri Lankan has direct business class flights to Colombo from London.
Sri Lankan is the only airline to offer a direct connection between London and Colombo with a Business Class cabin, although Qatar Airways and Emirates offer convenient connections via Doha and Dubai respectively.
Sri Lankan Airlines operates a daily direct service between London Heathrow and Colombo, using its new A330-300 fleet. Business Class passengers are afforded access to British Airway’s excellent Galleries Club lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 3. The overnight flight takes just 10 hours and 30 minutes, during which passengers enjoy a fully-flat bed, with the cabin configured in the 1-2-1 layout. All Business Class seats offer a 15.4-inch in-flight entertainment system, along with convenient power outlets, personal lighting and an exclusive Aigner amenity kit.
Qatar Airways offer a selection of flights daily between London Heathrow and Colombowith a short layover in Doha’s world-class Hamad International Airport. The shortest duration on this route is just 13 hours and 10 minutes, of which only 1 hour 15 minutes is spent in transit at Doha. Qatar’s Business Class passengers also have access to the Galleries Lounge at Heathrow, as well as a selection of premium lounges during their layover in Doha. Rated amongst the best in the industry, the high-tech luxury offered by Qatar’s Business Class cabin is surpassed only by the exemplary service provided by the onboard team.
Emirates has equally frequent flights from London Heathrow to Colombo, although timings are slightly less convenient than those of their Qatari counterparts. The shortest journey time is 13 hours and 15 minutes with a 2-hour layover in Dubai in the early hours of the morning. The first sector is typically flown on one of Emirate’s flagship A380 superjumbos, equipped with a luxurious Business Class cabin arranged in the extra spacious 1-2-1 configuration. Emirate’s complimentary Chauffer service which sets it apart from the competition, whisking you to London Heathrow in comfort and style.
Getting to and from Colombo airport
Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport is situated some 35 kilometres north of the city centre, in the neighbouring city of Negombo. While many passengers choose to overnight in Negombo on their way to or from the airport, the town is of little of interest to tourists.
While plenty of taxi operators can be found in the airport terminal, you can order a taxi through the mobile ride-share app, Uber. Rides are available 24/7 and cost a maximum of £30 to get into the city. A taxi ride will take between 45 and 90 minutes due to traffic and badly maintained roads.
If you have no luggage, you can take the public bus although these are often cramped or delayed. If you do decide to take the bus, make sure you board the express, air-conditioned service number “187-E03”, which bypasses much of Colombo’s traffic.
Where to stay in Colombo
Compliment your business class flights to Colombo with a stay at one of the city’s top hotels.
If you enjoy a historical touch, stay at the waterfront Galle Face Hotel. Rooms are furnished with a tasteful blend of colonial charm with modern functionality. A beautiful sea-view pool and bar offer a welcome oasis in the bustling city centre, while sundowner’s in the aptly named Traveller’s Bar are an essential experience.
For a more modern experience, the newly-opened 5-Star Shangri-La Colombo offers all of the style and functionality of a western business hotel, with the added benefit of an excellent range of health and wellbeing facilities. Be delighted by the juicy steaks and fresh seafood grills on offer at the in-house Capital Bar & Grill.
Things to do in Colombo
A vast, sprawling city, Colombo is the financial and commercial capital of Sri Lanka and is a fascinating destination.
The Galle Face Promenade – A beautiful stretch of waterfront and beach where downtown Colombo meets the Indian Ocean is a popular spot at any time of day, but really comes to life at sunset. Spectacular views and a refreshing sea-breeze draw the crowds of locals and tourists alike. Vendors appear out of nowhere selling all manner of toys, snacks and cold drinks.
Pettah Market – A dense criss-cross of narrow laneways makes up this Colombo institution where you can find everything from jewelry to electronics at near-wholesale prices. You will have to bargain hard to get a fair price – but that’s all part of the fun!
Cirque Lanka – Think western circus meets Sri Lankan cultural show, Cirque Lanka is a must-see experience while in Colombo. Performances take place daily at the beautiful Viharamahadevi open-air theatre and feature a myriad of dancers, singers, and musicians.
Colombo Bucket List Experiences
In a recent SkyClub survey, we asked over 1,000 of our clients “what’s number one on your bucket list?”
35% of our customers ranked a specific experience as the number one item on their bucket list. So, if you are feeling a little daring, why not combine your business class flights to Colombo with a once in a lifetime experience?
Sea and Sailing – Step onto a luxury catamaran for the day and sail to islands, kayak with whales, and feel the gentle wind rustle your lust for adventure.
Scuba – Colombo is perfect for scuba diving from October to April. Explore wrecks and the Barracuda Reef
Safari – Pay a visit to the Yala National Park, famous for its high population of Sri Lankan leopards.
Business Class Flights to Colombo, Practical Information
Citizens from the UK will need to obtain an e-Visa before arrival in Sri Lanka. This requires filling out a short online form and paying a fee of US$35. You will typically receive an email containing your visa in 1-2 hours. This will be valid for 30 days after arrival, and can be extended at the Department for Immigration in Colombo is required. It is a good idea to have your visa printed for immigration officials.
Situated on the west coast of Sri Lanka, Colombo has a tropical climate and makes a great destination all year round though rain is possible at practically any time. Hot, humid and crowded, it can be an assault on the senses for first-time visitors, so prepare yourself for the crowds! Packing basics such as sunscreen, wet wipes and plenty of water will help to make your trip more enjoyable.
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