The average price of a 7-day trip to Sri Lanka is $1,627 for a solo traveler, $2,899 for a couple, and $1,473 for a family of 4. Sri Lanka hotels range from $32 to $207 per night with an average of $59, while most vacation rentals will cost $40 to $400 per night for the entire home. Average worldwide flight costs to Sri Lanka (from all airports) are between $1,162 and $2,060 per person for economy flights and $3,649 to $6,468 for first class. Depending on activities, we recommend budgeting $28 to $56 per person per day for transportation and enjoying local restaurants.

See below for average, budget, and luxury trip costs. You can also look up flight costs from your airport for more tailored flight pricing.

 

 

The Cheapest Times to Visit Sri Lanka

On average, these will be the cheapest dates to fly to Sri Lanka and stay in a Sri Lanka hotel:

  • January 15th to March 25th (except the week of February 12th)
  • August 6th to December 2nd

The absolute cheapest time to take a vacation in Sri Lanka is usually mid to late September.

 

Average Sri Lanka Trip Costs

Average Solo Traveler

The average cost for one person to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $1,091-$2,633($156-$376 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $28 to $56 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $637 to $1,863 for economy

Lodging: $43 to $63 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $49 to $60 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Couple’s Trip

The average cost for a couple to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $1,925-$4,888($275-$698 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $56 to $112 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,275 to $3,726 for economy

Lodging: $43 to $63 per night for one 2 or 3-star hotel room

or $49 to $60 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Average Family Vacation

The average cost for 4 people to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $3,777-$9,782($540-$1,397 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $112 to $224 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,549 to $7,452 for economy

Lodging: $85 to $127 per night for two 2 or 3-star hotel rooms

or $74 to $91 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Traveling Cheap to Sri Lanka

How cheap can you make a vacation to Sri Lanka? The cheapest trip to Sri Lanka is about $128 per person per day for travelers willing to take standby flights, deal with inconvenience, and otherwise limit travel expenses. About 17% of rentals are available in the $0 to $100 range for an entire place, and vacation rentals can be booked for as low as $20 per night. These inexpensive rentals must be booked as early as possible and may not be in the most desirable areas. 1-star hotels are more likely to be available, with rooms starting at around $27.

Even cheaper trips are possible depending on where you live and whether you can drive. Check the cheapest times to fly for more saving ideas.

Budget Solo Traveler

The lowest cost for one person to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $897-$2,419($128-$346 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $14 to $28 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $637 to $1,863 for economy

Lodging: $27 to $32 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $30 to $60 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Couple’s Trip

The lowest cost for a couple to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $1,633-$4,471($233-$639 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $28 to $55 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,275 to $3,726 for economy

Lodging: $27 to $32 per night for one 1-star hotel room

or $30 to $60 per night for a 1-bed vacation rental

Budget Family Vacation

The lowest cost for 4 people to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $3,204-$8,762($458-$1,252 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $55 to $110 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $2,549 to $7,452 for economy

Lodging: $54 to $63 per night for two 1-star hotel rooms

or $45 to $90 per night for a 2-bed vacation rental

Overall it is very easy to travel to Sri Lanka cheaply.

The Cost of a Luxury Sri Lanka Trip

There is no true ceiling on the cost of a luxury trip, so our estimates are based on what most people do in Sri Lanka.

Luxury Solo Traveler

The high-end price for one person to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $2,603-$10,088($372-$1,441 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $56 to $111 per day for one person’s daily expenses

Flights: $1,581 to $4,553 for first class

Lodging: $105 to $207 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $399 to $793 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Couple’s Trip

The high-end price for a couple to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $4,584-$15,419($655-$2,203 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $113 to $222 per day for two people’s daily expenses

Flights: $3,163 to $9,107 for first class

Lodging: $105 to $207 per night for one 4 or 5-star hotel room

or $399 to $793 per night for a preferred vacation rental

Luxury Family Vacation

The high-end price for 4 people to visit Sri Lanka for a week is $9,167-$28,498($1,310-$4,071 per day)

Food, Travel, and Sightseeing: $225 to $444 per day for four people’s daily expenses

Flights: $6,326 to $18,214 for first class

Lodging: $211 to $414 per night for two 4 or 5-star hotel rooms

or $595 to $1,196 per night for a preferred vacation rental

 

Sri Lanka Hotel Prices

The cost of staying in Sri Lanka is much lower than the average city. On average vacation rentals are less expensive than hotels. Luxury hotels are more expensive in Sri Lanka due to hotel employees. The graphs below show how much cost can vary depending on the type of experience you’re looking for.

Sri Lanka Lodging Cost by Star Status

The average price for the class of hotel is on the (y) axis. The hotel class (out of 5 stars) is on the (x) axis.

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Hotel Price

Prices are based on Sri Lanka hotel averages and may not reflect current prices. In some cases, we extrapolate prices to estimate costs, and hotels with your desired star rating may not be available.

Vacation Rental Prices

The percent of vacation rentals in the price range is on the left (y) axis. Price range is on the bottom (x) axis.

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Percent of rentals

There are a healthy amount of vacation rentals serving all budgets in Sri Lanka.

 

Flight Costs to Sri Lanka

Averaging flights around the world, prices go from a high of $2,060 average in mid December to a low of $1,162 in mid to late September. Median flight price is $1,272. These prices are based on millions of flights. For Sri Lanka our data includes thousands of originating airports, and hundreds of airlines. The area has more variance in price compared with other locations.

 

Average Flight Cost by Season

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Worldwide Flight Prices

Average Flight Cost by Day of Week

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Departure Day Prices
Return Day Prices

 

The cheapest day to fly in is typically Tuesday, and the cheapest day to fly back is usually Tuesday. Click here to see data for the cost of flights from your airport. In Sri Lanka, the difference between the cheapest and the most expensive week is about $898, so you can easily save about 77% simply by using our free flight guides and booking in advance.

 

Daily Expenses Budget

Daily vacation expenses vary more based on what you’re interested in doing. A fine dining restaurant with drinks around Sri Lanka can easily cost $207 per person or more, while a standard nice meal might be about $14 per person. Private tours can cost $415 per day, but self-guided tours to see the outdoor sights can be free. Costs vary wildly, so recommendations are made based on the cost of living and averages we see for this type of vacation.

 

 

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