There are 5 ways to get from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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Train  •  9 h 4 min

  1. Take the train from Galle to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Nanuoya Express Train

$9 - $16

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Bus  •  9 h 20 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Nuwara Eliya 31-1

$1 - $4

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Taxi  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Take a taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya 166.5 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  3 h 48 min

  1. Drive from Galle to Nuwara Eliya 166.5 miles

$20 - $30

Fly, taxi  •  2 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Nuwara Eliya

$217 - $403

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Galle station to Nuwara Eliya. However, there are services departing from Galle Bus Station and arriving at Nuwara Eliya via Matara Bus Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 9 h 20 min.

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The distance between Galle and Nuwara Eliya is 121 km. The road distance is 266.3 km.

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The best way to get from Galle to Nuwara Eliya without a car is to train which takes 9 h 4 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 9 h 4 min to get from Galle to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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Galle to Nuwara Eliya bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Matara Bus Station.

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The best way to get from Galle to Nuwara Eliya is to train which takes 9 h 4 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 9 h 20 min.

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The quickest flight from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Galle to Nuwara Eliya bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Nuwara Eliya station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Galle to Nuwara Eliya is 266 km. It takes approximately 3 h 48 min to drive from Galle to Nuwara Eliya.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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Map of how to get from Galle to Nuwara Eliya.
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  • Distance: 75.8 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 4 min

What companies run services between Galle, Sri Lanka and Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Galle to Nuwara Eliya via Colombo Fort and Nanuoya in around 9 h 4 min. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Galle to Nuwara Eliya 3 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 7 h 10 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $350
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Galle to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Colombo Fort to Nanuoya
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $4
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$6
Other operators
Taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
3 h 48 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Red Cab
Phone
+94 917221000
Website
redcabgalle.com

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There are 736+ hotels available in Nuwara Eliya. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Galle to Koggala Airport is to taxi which takes 15 min and costs .

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