The cheapest times to fly from SAN to CMB are

  • March 12th to May 27th
  • July 16th to October 21st

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from SAN to CMB is early October. Prices can be as high as $4866 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $1031 for Wednesday flights around early October.


When to Fly to Colombo

Flying from San Diego, CA (SAN) to Colombo (CMB) will usually cost between $1090 to $2288 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early October with an average ticket price of $1080. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $2876. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $1796 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $1751 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SAN to CMB flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the SAN to CMB route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

SAN to CMB Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SAN to CMB flight is more expensive than the average and costs more than the average flight leaving from San Diego. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.12, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Wednesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to CMB, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into SAN. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to Colombo, and Thursdays are the most expensive days to return to San Diego. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $167 (9%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Wednesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $1614. Return trip prices are from the CMB to SAN flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from SAN to CMB can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 18 hour 0 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SAN to CMB

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from SAN to CMB — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Hong Kong (SAN > HKG > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $990
  • Average savings: $761 (43.44%)

See SAN to HKG flights

Hack #2: Singapore (SAN > SIN > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $1026
  • Average savings: $725 (41.39%)

See SAN to SIN flights

Hack #3: Shanghai (SAN > PVG > CMB)

  • Price for both tickets: $1065
  • Average savings: $686 (39.16%)

See SAN to PVG flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from SAN to CMB? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 33 major airlines flying this route most often: Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Alaska, American, ANA, Asiana, British Airways, Cathay Dragon, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Etihad, EVA Air, Fiji Airways, Finnair, Gulf Air, Iberia, JAL, Korean Air, Kuwait Airways, Lufthansa, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Saudia, Singapore Airlines, SriLankan, SWISS, Turkish Airlines, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport to San Diego International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 9457 miles or 15220 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from SAN to CMB?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SAN to CMB flight is about 18 hour 0 minutes.

How many flights go between San Diego, CA and Colombo?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 74 available flights from SAN to CMB.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SAN
Origination airport name San Diego International Airport
City San Diego, CA
Country the United States
Latitude 32.7
Longitude -117.2

Return Airport

Destination code CMB
Destination airport name Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
City Colombo
Country Sri Lanka
Latitude 7.2
Longitude 79.9


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