How to Reach Bentota


  • By Air: The Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo, is the closest to Bentota. From there, you can either travel by public transport or book your seat on a domestic flight. If you choose the latter option, the nearest domestic airport is the Bentota River Airport.
  • By Bus: You can find frequent buses running from Colombo and Galle to Bentota. It is an hour and a half’s journey between Colombo and Bentota, while it takes around an hour travelling by bus from Galle to Bentota.
  • By Train: Although there is a railway station at Bentota, the number of trains that stop here are few. The nearest big railway station is at Aluthgama, which is situated around 3 kms away from Bentota.


Public transport in Bentota is almost negligible! Many people who visit Bentota prefer to book an auto rickshaw or tuk tuk for the duration of their stay. The drivers of these three wheelers charge a daily nominal fee. And they also take you to unexploited, un-touristy local Bentota attractions! Bargain and fix the daily fare of the auto rickshaw in advance.

You can also hire bicycles and enjoy the country side at your own pace.