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Central Province, Sri Lanka

Driver and Car Hire

Custom design your perfect road trip in Sri Lanka, wherever you like, however you like. It's simple: decide on the length of your trip, hire a knowledgeable local driver with a car and you're all set! You can let them know your itinerary in advance, or ask them to show you the nooks and crannies of Sri Lanka that few travellers have encountered. They can even help you arrange the other logistics of your trip, such as book train tickets. All the drivers here have been personally vetted by us, so go ahead, book them for a day or ten!

The driver will pick you up from any location, and drop you off at any location in Sri Lanka. It's totally flexible and up to you!

Sri Lanka is great to visit all year round - though you might want to avoid monsoon season (which is different depending on which part of Sri Lanka you're visiting).

If you’re travelling between May to September, head towards the east coast and northern regions for dry, sunny weather, as the west and south west coasts experience rain at this time. If you're travelling during October to February, head to the west and south west for favourable weather conditions, as the monsoon season hits the east and north.

December to mid-April is the peak season so it'll be a bit busier around the touristed spots!

There is no minimum or maximum amount of time of hire. You can hire a driver and a car for a day, two days or ten days - all up to you!

There are three main differences between the options listed here.

(1) Distance cap - except for Sanjeewa and Jagath Kumara, all the drivers have a cap on the distance covered each day (after which, an additional charge will be incurred). Do let us know if you have any questions on your intended route, and whether additional charges may be incurred.

(2) Additional guide services - a few of the drivers are certified local guides as well as drivers. Going with a certified local guide will help you understand Sri Lanka better, and they will also be able to show you some special places!

(3) Driver accommodation cost - note that all the options (except for RD Expeditions and Jagath Wiljesooriya) include driver accommodation in the quoted price. Where driver accommodation is not included, this will add to your per day cost (approximately US$ 7.50 to US$ 10 where driver accommodation is not complimentary).

    These are typically the cars that the local drivers use - depending on your group size:
  • 1-3 persons: Toyota Axio or Honda Shuttle.
  • 4-6 persons: Toyota KDH van.
  • For groups larger than 6 persons please check with us.