Cheap flights from Chennai to Colombo

Flight information Chennai to Colombo

Cheapest return price last month

₹ 5,328

Direct airlines


Flights per week


Average flight time, total distance 667 kilometres

1h 20min

Most popular airline last month

SriLankan Airlines

Colombo Bandaranayake, Colombo Ratmalana, Diyawanna Oya and Kelaniya

4 airports

Frequently asked questions

There are 4 airports in Colombo: Colombo Bandaranayake, Colombo Ratmalana, Diyawanna Oya, and Kelaniya.
The best price found on Skyscanner for a flight from Chennai to Colombo is ₹ 5,328. This was found by aggregating across different carriers and is the cheapest price for the whole month.
1h 20min is the average flight time from Chennai to Colombo.
There are 4 airlines who fly direct from Chennai to Colombo.
There are 60 flights per week flying from Chennai to Colombo, as of August.

How to compare and get the best flights from Chennai to Colombo?

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What you need to know before flying from Chennai to Colombo?

Airport information


Chennai Meenambakkam Airport (MAA)

Meenambakkam, Chennai - 600027


Colombo Bandaranaike Airport (CMB)

Canada Friendship Rd, Katunayake 11450, Sri Lanka

Ratmalana Airport (RML)

Ratmalana, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

Colombo Airports have direct flights from as many as 9-10 cities, and connecting flights from other Indian cities as well. See list here.

Getting to Meenambakkam Airports

  • Chennai Meenambakkam International Airport has both domestic and international terminals and lies on the Grand Southern Trunk Road/NH 45, 20 km southwest of the city centre.
  • Travellers can book prepaid taxis or hire metered rickshaws and taxis to get to the airport.

Travelling from Colombo airports

  • Ratmalana Airport is located 17 km south of Colombo’s city centre and Bandaranayke Airport lies 32 km north of it.
  • In order to get from the airports to the city, travellers can take buses, private cars and taxis. They can also rent cars. See here and here.

Facilities at Chennai and Colombo airports

  • Chennai Meenambakkam airport has free Wi-Fi for 60 minutes, lounges, business centres, eateries, duty-free shops, forex and currency exchange services, ATMs, etc.
  • Colombo airports have spas, lounges, ATMs, banking services, forex and currency exchange facilities, duty-free shops, restaurants, cafés, etc.

Tips on how to make the best out of your flight journey from Chennai to Colombo

The average flight time from Chennai to Colombo is 1h 25min, via direct flights. Are you in for a long weekend or an extended trip in the country? Check out Colombo’s attractions and more.

Weather in Colombo

July to September and December to January see very few rains, good sunshine, average temperatures of 29 degrees Celsius and a dry season, making it great for outdoor activities that Sri Lanka is famous for.

Exchange rate

1 Indian Rupee (INR) equals 2.14 Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR). See more here.

Cost of living in Colombo

When it comes to food, the popular street dish Kottu Roti costs around LKR 200-350, a bottle of beer (0.7L approx.) costs LKR 240-400, and budget meals cost LKR 270-1,500 on an average. When it comes to transportation, a 3 km tuk-tuk ride (local rickshaw) costs LKR 150-200 while rides from Bandaranayke Airport to the city centre cost LKR 110 in a bus and 2,500-3,000 in a taxi.

Mode of payments accepted in Colombo

Colombo is still largely a cash based society, so travellers should exchange currency as and when needed in and around the city (avoid the low rates available at the airport). Credit cards are accepted at all 4/5 star hotels.

Best places for your first meal in Colombo

Local Sri Lankan delicacies include both vegetarian and non-vegetarian delights such as hoppers (string hoppers is a staple), dhal curry, Kottu roti, Sambol, Polos, Lamprais etc. The picturesque Fort Area overlooking the Laccadive Sea has some good places to eat, as do the districts - Colombo 06 and 07.

Documents required to travel from Chennai to Colombo

Passengers travelling from Chennai to Colombo must carry all the documents listed below

  • Valid Passport
  • Valid Visa
  • Return flight tickets (sometimes asked by the immigration depending on your visa type)

Major airlines that operate from Chennai to Colombo

Jet Airways flights to Colombo, Air India flights to Colombo, SriLankan Airlines flights to Colombo

FAQ on Flights from Chennai to Colombo

  • Q1: How can I book cheap Chennai to Colombo flight tickets online?
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  • Q3: Which is the cheapest month to book flights from Chennai to Colombo?
    A: Check the bar chart at the top to find the cheapest month to fly from Chennai to Colombo. The chart is based on the next 12 months price data we have.
  • Q4: Should I opt for a travel insurance while flying from of Chennai to Colombo?
    A: It's always safe to travel with a travel insurance.
  • Q5: Should I opt for on board food while travelling from Chennai to Colombo?
    A: Its suggested to opt for on board meals while flying to Colombo.
  • Q6: What is the check in luggage limit in Chennai to Colombo flights?
    A: Generally, 15 kg is the allowed baggage limit for an economy class passenger flying from Chennai to Colombo. Its advised to check your baggage limit that is printed on your ticket as it varies from airline to airline.
  • Q7: What is the hand baggage limit in Chennai to Colombo flights?
    A: 7 to 10 kg is the allowed hand luggage limit while flying from Chennai to Colombo. For most recent updates on the hand luggage weight, contact respective airlines.
  • Q8: What is the advantage of doing a web check in while flying from Chennai?
    A: Web check-in confirms your travel while flying from Chennaiand saves your time at the check-in counter.
  • Q9: How can I change my Chennai to Colombo travel dates after booking?
    A: Before check-in, the respective flight operator will allow you to change your travel dates. Generally, its chargeable based on the rescheduled date. It is recommended to contact respective airlines to know about the charges.
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Information and Data provided on this page is correct as of Sep 15th, 2017

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.