Sri Lanka Drivers
Sri Lanka Drivers
Private drivers in Sri Lanka are a common method of transport for tourists. Whilst travelling by private driver in Sri Lanka is undoubtedly the fastest way to get around the country, it does come with a price that will eat into your budget.
Hiring a private driver in Sri Lanka for your entire itinerary
Many tourists book a private driver to drive them around Sri Lanka for their entire itinerary. This means your driver will be constantly on hand everyday to take you wherever you want to go. Your driver will stay either in your accommodation or make arrangements in a cheaper nearby accommodation each night. You will be responsible for paying for their food and accommodation during your itinerary. Many guesthouses give discounted rates for drivers, so you should not expect to pay the same as the same rate as your tourist accommodation.
Hiring a private driver in Sri Lanka as a taxi from A to B
If hiring a private driver in Sri Lanka for your entire stay doesn’t appeal , you can hire a private driver as a taxi from point A to B. This is useful if you are on holiday just for a few weeks and want to maximise your time in Sri Lanka.
It’s often more expensive to hire a private driver as a taxi as your journey is one way and they have to take into account driving back.
How much do private drivers in Sri Lanka cost?
Private drivers in Sri Lanka charge either by the day or by kilometre. You will need to know your approximate itinerary before requesting a price from a driver so they can give you an accurate price based on fuel consumption related to how many kilometres you want to cover. Private drivers in Sri Lanka are more expensive when arranged direct with your accommodation. Organising a private driver direct is much cheaper and easy.
Many private drivers will help you plan an itinerary according to what kind of holiday you’re looking for. For example, if you want to see temples, culture and then relax on the beach, or whether you’re looking to do a safari and trekking, they will help you plan your itinerary according to your needs before you arrive in Sri Lanka by chatting on facebook messenger or WhatsApp.
Are private drivers in Sri Lanka safe?
Of course, as always, private drivers in Sri Lanka are very safe. In fact, Sri Lanka, is a very safe country in general. With over 80% of the population practicing Buddhism, goodwill and respect are shown daily by Sri Lankans.
Every private driver should have a registered vehicle and licence. These will be displayed in the vehicle windscreen.