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Can I rent or hire a scooter or motorbike in Colombo?

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Yes, you can hire a scooter or a motorbike in Sri Lanka, however, you will need to obtain a temporary driving license for a period of one month, on a foreign driving license or an International driving license. I did find a vehicle rental service provider based in Negombo, I have not used them but it seems they can get you one months license, and offer full insurance which is what you will need especially due to the road conditions and drivers in Sri Lanka.

Website: Rentbikes

Important read this before hiring a scooter:

Renting a scooter or motorcycle in Sri Lanka

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Obtaining a temporary driving license yourself you will need to travel to Colombo will take approx one day:

Department of Motor Traffic, No 2, Pioneer street, Batticaloa, Pioneer Rd, Batticaloa, Sri Lanka.

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