Our Sri Lanka Tours with included Car Hire are the best and most economical way, if you are planning on a self-driving holiday in Sri Lanka.
We work with carefully selected car rental companies only - providing fully serviced cars (max 4 adults) / mini-vans (max 6 adults), no hidden charges and a 24h assistance hotline.
All self driven rental cars are imported (Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Hyundai) and offers the best safety and comfort features.
We also make sure that all included hotels provide secure parking, so you don't have to worry when enjoying the beach, shopping or dining out.
All our Sri Lanka Care Hire Tours start and end in Negombo, just next to the international airport of Sri Lanka. Together with a representative of the car rental company, we will meet you at your hotel (mostly the morning after your arrival) to process the required paperwork. If you want to get on the road right away, please make sure that you have supplied copies of the required driving documents at least 7 working days prior to arrival. See the Renting a Car in Sri Lanka section below for more information about self-driving in Sri Lanka.
There you also find links to suggested Tour Itineraries and some general advice on driving in Sri Lanka. All Tour Itineraries can be customized to fit your schedule and requirements.
Just pick one of our Sri Lanka Tour Itineraries or Sri Lanka Holiday Packages and let us know the type of the rent-a-car you would like (air-conditioned limousine/mini-van) and/or the number of people traveling. You can add these details in the 'message section' of the selected itinerary or just use our contact form.
As soon as we receive your enquiry, we will send you the adjusted quote, changed from guided tour with driver/guide to self-driving.
If you are holder of an International Driving Licence, there will be an endorsement fee of Rs.4,000 (not included). National Driving License holders can get a temporary driving licence at Traffic Department for a fee of Rs.3,000 (not included). Both are handled by the car rental company. Please note that endorsements and/or temporary driving licences can only be issued Monday-Friday 9am – 3pm (except public holidays). If you want to get on the road right away, please make sure that you have supplied copies of the required driving documents [copies of passport, diving license(s)] at least 7 working days prior to arrival.
After completion of the paperwork, the rental agency will provide you with initial driving instructions and some sound road advice. If required, they also can give you a 6 hour 'hands-on' training by one of their drivers (small surcharge applies).
Sri Lanka drives on the left side of the road. Country roads can be in poor condition and lighting is non existent in some rural areas. In Summary: drive confidently and defensively and always expect the unexpected.
All cars are fully serviced before hired out. Infants and/or children seats are available on request.
A chart with the distances between major towns / destinations in Sri Lanka can be found here...
All Sri Lanka Self-Driving Tours listed on this site are carefully selected and are updated on a regular basis.
Additionally we offer complete Sri Lanka tours and special Sri Lanka hotel deals.
For more travel and background information on Sri Lanka, read our Sri Lanka travel guide and tips, helping you to make the most out of your holiday in Sri Lanka.