Flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo, Sri Lanka

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The capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo is a historic port on the ancient east-to-west trade routes ruled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. This rich heritage is clear in the architecture, with old colonial buildings mixing in with new shopping centers and skyscrapers. For some greenery in the city, visit Viharamahadevi Park, originally called Victoria Park but renamed in the 1950s after the mother of King Dutugemunu. Elephants used for ceremonies sometimes spend the night in the park, and it is known for its beautiful trees, which bloom in the spring. You may even spot a snake charmer.

Flying to Colombo

1. Which airports serve Melbourne to Colombo?

Melbourne Airport, also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the second-busiest in Australia. It is 23km from the city center. Transportation options from the city to the airport include taxi, Skybus, the Airport Shuttle and public transportation. Passengers from Melbourne will fly into Bandaranaike International Airport, also referred to as Colombo International Airport. It is 35km from the city center. On arrival, there are taxis, car rentals, shuttles and a bus service into the city.

2. Which airlines operate flights from Melbourne to Colombo?

Sri Lankan airlines operate daily direct flights from Melbourne to Colombo. Other companies, including Air India, Cathay, Emirates, China Southern and Singapore offer flights on this route with one or more stops.

3. How long is the flight?

The average flight time from Melbourne to Colombo is ten hours and 50 minutes. Melbourne is four-and-a-half hours ahead of Colombo.

4. Climate changes between Melbourne and Colombo

There is very little difference in temperature throughout the year in Colombo, with the average temperature from March to April rising to 88°F and the minimum temperature in the winter months falling to 72°F. The only major change is during the monsoon seasons from May to August and October to January, when there are heavy rains.
Melbourne can seemingly experience four seasons in one day, so travelers should plan for all eventualities when visiting the city. Summer temperatures between December and February can rise to 78°F, and winter temperatures between June and August can range between 44°F and 58°F. Snow sometimes falls in the High Country.

5. Culture differences and need-to-know

When traveling to and from any country, it is important to check the up-to-date vaccination recommendations before you leave. Visitors to Sri Lanka should receive vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, typhoid and hepatitis A.

Colombo Information

The capital of Victoria in Australia, Melbourne is cosmopolitan, dynamic and the country’s sporting and cultural center. Its inner city is the most European of any in Australia, with narrow lanes featuring bars, restaurants and street art. Sports are an important part of everyday life here, and everyone gets the day off for the Melbourne Cup Horse Race.
On the other hand, Colombo’s historic past lures the visitor in with its cosmopolitan galleries, restaurants, tiny cafes, interesting shops and ever-rising skyscrapers in the city. For a real glimpse of history, visit Old City Hall, built in 1864. Mostly empty, it is a municipal building from the British era, and if you ask, then the attendants will show you the replicas of the town’s first councilors in 1906.

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How Much is a Flight from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo?

We have collected flight cost data from across the web for travel from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo, and have found the average flight price for this trip to be $1,337.

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How far in advance should I book tickets from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo?

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< 7 days $1,981 $1,664
7-14 days $1,981 $1,921
14-21 days $1,981 $1,903
21-30 days $1,657 $1,540
30-60 days $1,148 $1,076
60-90 days $1,148 $1,076
90+ days $1,148 $1,076

Cheapest Day To Fly from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo

We've examined 184,663,716 itinerary searches that we've seen for departures in the next 90 days and found that the cheapest day to fly from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is Sunday. See the chart below to compare prices for other days of the week.

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Compare Flight Prices from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo by Month

Low priced flights are most commonly available by purchasing between one and three months in advance. International or holiday flights may need to be purchased even further in advance. The chart below shows the cheapest flight prices by month for Melbourne, Australia to Colombo flights.

Month Origin Destination Carrier Depart Date Return Date Stops Price
March Melbourne, Australia Colombo Malaysia 24/03/23 6/04/23 1 $1,657
April Melbourne, Australia Colombo Malaysia 28/04/23 18/05/23 1 $1,214
May Melbourne, Australia Colombo Singapore 15/05/23 26/05/23 1 $1,073
June Melbourne, Australia Colombo Malaysia 4/06/23 20/06/23 1 $1,245
July Melbourne, Australia Colombo Srilankan 31/07/23 13/08/23 0 $1,145
August Melbourne, Australia Colombo Singapore 19/08/23 8/09/23 1 $1,073
September Melbourne, Australia Colombo Singapore 1/09/23 15/09/23 1 $1,134
October Melbourne, Australia Colombo Singapore 26/10/23 9/11/23 1 $1,013

Cheap Last Minute Flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo

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Connecting Flights vs Direct Flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo

Flights between some cities may be significantly cheaper if you choose a multi-stop airline ticket. Although these connecting flights sacrifice some convenience, on average, travelers save 20%-60% when they choose to fly multi-stop versus a direct flight.

The average price for connecting flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is $1,179.

The average price for direct flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is $1,371.

One Way Flights vs Round Trip Flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo

We have found that there is often no price difference between buying a round trip flight versus a one way flight. Increased flexibility is the main benefit when it comes to buying a one way flight from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo. However, booking a round trip flight can be a simpler process. You can compare round trip and one way flights by using our flight comparison.

The average price for one way flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is $799.

The average price for round trip flights from Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is $1,181.

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Melbourne, Australia to Colombo Airports

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