What is it like to Drive in Sri Lanka?

  • The first thing to note about driving in Sri Lanka is that it’s right-hand drive. This may feel strange at first if you are used to left-hand drive, but it is surprisingly normal once you get used to it.
  • Most main roads are in very good condition with clear markings and signage. Traffic can vary greatly depending on the time of day, route and the area. Urban areas are more congested but roads clear up fast as you move away from the city. 
  • The speed limit in Sri Lanka is 40km/h in the city and urban areas for motorcycles and heavy vehicles and 60km/h for cars and light vehicles. Beyond the city, the limit is 40km/h for motorbikes, 60km/h for motor coaches and heavy vehicles, and 70km/h for cars and light vehicles. On the Expressways, the speed limit is 100km/h. Motor-cycles are not allowed on the expressway. All speed limits are marked.
  • Parking fees apply at the airport car park, private car parks and in controlled city roads.
  • Driving while on the mobile phone and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol carry fines and court action.
  • Seatbelts are mandatory for the driver and the front passenger and recommended for rear passengers. Baby and child seats are not a legal requirement but are recommended, especially for expressway travel.
Sunday October 25, 2020