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What is the Cost of a Car and Driver in Sri Lanka in 2024?

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Multi Day Hire – What is an Average Cost?


This is not a simple question to answer as the cost depends on many different factors. Average round trip costs are generally between 55 and 65 USD per day for a medium size car or 65 to 75 USD per day for a minivan.

Despite rocketing inflation in Sri Lanka during 2022 the cost of hiring a driver has only increased by about 5 USD mainly due to the stability of the dollar and a decrease in overall numbers of tourists.

The Trip Cost Calculator can calculate and compare the overall cost of a car and driver for a one way or round trip hire.

Where do we Get the Information?

There are 395 drivers registered on this site and listed in the Business Directory. All of them publish their own prices for multi day hires based on our hire terms. The following table gives a summary of these prices.

All prices are per day in USD (Updated 20-04-2024)

Mini Car405185
Normal Car455999
Large Car5066140

The average of these prices is combined with a further average of prices quoted by drivers on the Get Quotes page of the website. The final figures are used in the calculator below.

What Factors Affect the Cost?

Factors to consider when calculating the cost of a car and driver in Sri Lanka in 2023/2024:

  • A freelance driver will normally be 10-20% cheaper than a tour company.
  • An older vehicle of a lower specification (i.e. no air conditioning or seat belts) will be cheaper.
  • The driver qualification will affect the price. Licensed Tourist Drivers or Tourist Guide Lecturers will often cost more as they double as guides at some tourist attractions.
  • Small minicars such as the Tata are becoming popular and will be offered for almost the same price as a tuk tuk (around 100 LKR per km compared to the normal 140 LKR per km for a sedan and 160 LKR per km for a minivan). These vehicles are not comfortable for longer trips and luggage space is severely limited.
  • The online reputation of the driver will affect the price. More experienced drivers with better reviews are in higher demand and can be up to 50% more expensive.
  • Driver food and accommodation needs to be considered and costs around 10 USD per night if it is not provided by your hotel.

Trip Cost Calculator

Please consider the following before using the Trip Cost Calculator:

  • The Trip Cost Calculator only applies to multi day hires. For single day one way hires please see Single Day Hires for prices.
  • It is recommended to read Types of Hire before using the calculator.
  • You can enter your own values LKR per km in sections 2 and 3 by selecting “Custom”.
  • Section 4 must be completed with the info from the trip. For total distance use the Distance Calculator (opens in another window).
1. Select Vehicle
2. One Way Costs
3. Round Trip Costs
4. Trip Info
5. Results

What do the Results Mean?

This is a rough calculation that will help you to decide whether is it cheaper to cover the distance using one way hires or to keep a driver for the full round tour. Note that the one way total is sometimes misleading because you may need to hire tuk tuks and taxis to get around the local area.

If it is not a large difference between the two values it is normally easier to maintain the driver for the full duration.

Info Guide

Search the Driver Listings or Get Quotes from all available drivers for your dates.

Why Book with this Website?

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This website has become a very popular place to book a car and driver. Here are the main reasons why:

  1. You will get the vehicle as described or as shown in the photo or a direct equivalent.
  2. You will get the driver that you booked if they are named in the booking.
  3. You will not pay more than the agreed total price. We will assist in any disputes.
  4. You will be able to change or cancel the booking directly through the website.
  5. You will not pay any money to this website to make a booking.
  6. You will have the opportuntity to leave a review for the driver at the end of the trip.
  7. You will receive a booking contract with the driver which will be respected by both parties.
  8. We will offer assistance where possible if there are any problems during your trip.
  9. We have been established since 2016 and have published over 2000 driver reviews.
  10. We are recommended by many other independent websites.


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User Help

Hire Terms

Tour Requirements

  • Inclusive Distance 150km per day for durations of more than 2 days.
  • E.g. 8 days x 150km per day = 1200km total inclusive distance.

Vehicle Examples

These examples represent the minimum requirements. A larger, higher specification vehicle can be used.

  • Mini Car (max 2 passengers) - e.g. Suzuki Wagon R. (max 3 passengers for single day hire.)
  • Normal Car (max 3 passengers) - e.g. Honda Fit. (max 4 passengers for single day hire.)
  • Large Car (max 3 passengers) - e.g. Toyota Axio.
  • Minivan (max 6 passengers) - e.g. Toyota KDH.
  • SUV (max 3 passengers) - e.g. Honda Vezel.

Fully Inclusive

The driver agrees to make the following items fully inclusive within the total cost:

  • Meet at airport with name board.
  • Good condition vehicle with working ac.
  • Professional English speaking driver.
  • Fuel and insurance costs.
  • Driver food and accommodation.
  • All parking charges and highway tolls.
  • All taxes.

The following items are not included unless specified by the driver:

  • Guest accommodation.
  • Driver tips.
  • Entrance or guide fees at attractions.
  • Transport to Horton Plains NP (multi day only).

Free to Cancel

  • Free to cancel up to 2 days before start date.
  • 50% of total cost to be paid to driver if cancelling within 2 days of start date.
  • 100% of completed days and 50% of uncompleted days to be paid to driver if cancelling after start date.

Terms and Conditions

1. Introduction

These terms and conditions are written in a simple language so that you can understand them easily. Please take the time to understand them fully before making a booking on this website.

2. Definitions

"This website", "us", "we" or "our" means the website “srilankacaranddriverhire.com”.

"Service Hire" means the various different travel products and services that can be booked by you from the Service Providers on this website.

"Service Provider" means the professional provider of car and driver services and travel experiences as advertised on this website.

3. Our Service

This website provides an online platform through which Service Providers can advertise and offer their products and services for hire. By booking a Service Hire, you enter into a direct (legally binding) contractual relationship with the Service Provider. From the point at which you book your Service Hire, we act solely as an intermediary between you and the Service Provider, transmitting the relevant details of your Service Hire to the relevant Service Provider(s). This website does not (re)sell, rent out, offer any (travel) product or service.

When rendering a Service Hire, the information that we disclose is based on the information provided to us by the Service Providers. As such, the Service Providers that market and promote their services on this website are fully responsible for updating all images, licences, policies & conditions and other relevant information that are displayed on this website. We cannot guarantee that, all information is accurate, complete or correct, nor can we be held responsible for any errors, inaccurate, misleading or untrue information or non-delivery of information. Each Service Provider remains responsible at all times for the accuracy, completeness and correctness of the (descriptive) information displayed on this website.

4. Privacy and Cookies

This website respects your privacy. Please have a look at our Privacy and Cookies Policy for further information.

5. Prepayment and Cancellation

By making a Service Hire with a Service Provider, you accept and agree to the relevant cancellation policy of that Service Provider, and to any additional payment terms and conditions of the Service Provider. The relevant terms and conditions of a Service Provider are to be discussed and agreed before the Service Hire is booked. This website does not process any payments regarding Service Hires.

6. Communication

We disclaim any liability or responsibility for any communication by or with the Service Provider on or through this website. You cannot derive any rights from any request to, or communication with the Service Provider or (any form of) acknowledgement of receipt of any communication or request. We cannot guarantee that any request or communication will be (duly and timely) received/read by, complied with, executed or accepted by the Service Provider.

In order to duly complete and secure your Service Hire, you need to use your correct email address. We are not responsible or liable for (and have no obligation to verify) any wrong or misspelled email address or inaccurate or wrong (mobile) phone number.

When you make initial contact with a Service Provider we do not share your personal contact information with them. An account will be created for you where you can manage your personal messages and quotes. We do not permit the sharing of personal contact information before a Service Hire is confirmed.

7. Disclaimer

To the extent permitted by law we shall not be liable for (i) any punitive, special, indirect or consequential loss or damages, any loss of production, loss of profit, loss of revenue, loss of contract, loss of or damage to goodwill or reputation, loss of claim, (ii) any inaccuracy relating to the (descriptive) information of the Service Provider as made on our website, (iii) the services rendered or the products offered by the Service Provider, (iv) any (direct, indirect, consequential or punitive) damages, losses or costs suffered, incurred or paid by you, pursuant to, arising out of or in connection with the use, inability to use or delay of our website, or (v) any (personal) injury, death, property damage, or other (direct, indirect, special, consequential or punitive) damages, losses or costs suffered, incurred or paid by you, whether due to (legal) acts, errors, breaches, (gross) negligence, wilful misconduct, omissions, non-performance, misrepresentations, tort or strict liability by or (wholly or partly) attributable to the Service Provider whose products or service are (directly or indirectly) made available, offered or promoted on or through this website, including any (partial) cancellation, overbooking, strike, force majeure or any other event beyond our control.

This website is not responsible (and disclaims any liability) for the use, validity, quality, suitability, fitness and due disclosure of the Service Hire and makes no representations, warranties or conditions of any kind in this respect, whether implied, statutory or otherwise, including any implied warranties of merchantability, title, non-infringement or fitness for a particular purpose. You acknowledge and agree that the relevant Service Provider is solely responsible and assumes all responsibility and liability in respect of the Service Hire (including any warranties and representations made by the Service Provider). We are not a (re)seller of the Service Hire. Complaints or claims in respect of the Service Hire are to be dealt with by the Service Provider. This website is not responsible for and disclaims any liability in respect of such complaints, claims and (product) liabilities.

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