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There are 5 ways to get from Colombo to Ratnapura by bus, taxi, car, train or plane

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Bus  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura 99 / ...

$1 - $3

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Taxi  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Ratnapura 56.2 miles

$26 - $32

Drive  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Ratnapura 56.2 miles

$6 - $10

Train, taxi  •  1 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Panadura Colombo Commuter / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Panadura to Ratnapura

$21 - $26

Fly  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF

$56 - $239

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Ratnapura is to bus which costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 360 and takes 3 h.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Ratnapura is to taxi which costs Rs. 4600 - Rs. 5500 and takes 1 h 28 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pettah CTB and arriving at Ratnapura. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h.

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The distance between Colombo and Ratnapura is 67 km. The road distance is 89.8 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Ratnapura without a car is to bus which takes 3 h and costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 360.

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The bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura takes 3 h including transfers and departs hourly.

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Colombo to Ratnapura bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Pettah CTB station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Ratnapura is to bus which takes 3 h and costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 360. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs Rs. 9500 - Rs. 42000 and takes 2 h 45 min.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Hatton Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Colombo to Ratnapura bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Ratnapura station.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Ratnapura.
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  • Distance: 41.8 miles
  • Duration: 3 h

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ratnapura, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Ratnapura hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 3 h. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines fly from Colombo to Ratnapura twice daily.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Panadura
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Estimated price
$26 - $32
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Ratnapura is 90 km. It takes approximately 1 h 28 min to drive from Colombo to Ratnapura.

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Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines offer flights from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Hatton Airport.

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There are 82+ hotels available in Ratnapura. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs Rs. 550 - Rs. 700.

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