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There are 7 ways to get from Negombo to Colombo by bus, train, taxi, car, plane or towncar

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Bus  •  56 min

  1. Take the bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal 187-E CMB to Colombo

$4 - $5

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Train  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Negombo to Colombo Fort Colombo Commuter

$1

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Train via Katunayake South  •  1 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Katunayake South to Colombo Fort Colombo Commuter

$4 - $5

Taxi  •  32 min

  1. Take a taxi from Negombo to Colombo 23.9 miles

$11 - $14

Drive  •  32 min

  1. Drive from Negombo to Colombo 23.9 miles

$2 - $5

Fly  •  36 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) CMB - DWO

$26 - $228

Uber  •  32 min

  1. Take an Uber from Negombo to Colombo 23.9 miles

$7 - $9

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The cheapest way to get from Negombo to Colombo is to train which costs Rs. 40 - Rs. 150 and takes 1 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Negombo to Colombo is to taxi which costs Rs. 2000 - Rs. 2400 and takes 32 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Negombo and arriving at Colombo Fort. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 1 h 28 min.

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The distance between Negombo and Colombo is 31 km. The road distance is 38.2 km.

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The best way to get from Negombo to Colombo without a car is to bus which takes 56 min and costs Rs. 750 - Rs. 900.

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It takes approximately 56 min to get from Negombo to Colombo, including transfers.

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Negombo to Colombo train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Negombo station.

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The best way to get from Negombo to Colombo is to bus which takes 56 min and costs Rs. 750 - Rs. 900. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 650 - Rs. 800 and takes 1 h 11 min, you could also fly, which costs Rs. 4400 - Rs. 40000 and takes 36 min.

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The quickest flight from Colombo Airport to Diyawanna Oya Airport is the direct flight which takes 15 min.

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Negombo to Colombo train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Colombo Fort station.

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Map of how to get from Negombo to Colombo.
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  • Distance: 19.2 miles
  • Duration: 56 min

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

Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT operates a bus from Negombo to Colombo every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $1 and the journey takes 45 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Negombo to Colombo hourly. Tickets cost $1 and the journey takes 1 h 2 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $220
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $370
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Katunayake South to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Train from Negombo to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Bus operators
Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT
Phone
+942581120-29
Website
sltb.lk
Bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
sltb.lk
Other operators
Uber Colombo
Website
uber.com
Towncar from Negombo to Colombo
Ave. Duration
32 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$7 - $9
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INTERCITY GO
$11 - $14
uberTUK
$7 - $9
INTERCITY
$18 - $23
Budget Non Bag
$9 - $12
Zip
$9 - $13
Budget Bag
$10 - $14
HIRE GO
$10 - $13
UberGo
$10 - $13
Premium Bag
$13 - $17
2hr HIRE
$13 - $17
Premier
$13 - $17
Taxi from Negombo to Colombo
Ave. Duration
32 min
Estimated price
$11 - $14

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Yes, the driving distance between Negombo to Colombo is 38 km. It takes approximately 32 min to drive from Negombo to Colombo.

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

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There are 1200+ hotels available in Colombo. Prices start at $25 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Negombo to Colombo Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs Rs. 600 - Rs. 750.

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