There are 6 ways to get from Anuradhapura to Ella by train, taxi, bus, car or plane

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Train  •  11 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura Town to Polgahawela Long Distance / ...
  2. Take the train from Polgahawela to Elle Express Train

$2 - $6

5 alternative options

Taxi, bus  •  12 h 24 min

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Puttalam
  2. Take the bus from Puttalam to Pettah CTB 4-7
  3. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Bandarawela 99

$42 - $53

Taxi  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Ella 144.4 miles

$85 - $110

Drive  •  4 h 26 min

  1. Drive from Anuradhapura to Ella 144.4 miles

$17 - $26

Taxi to Sigiriya, fly, taxi  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya
  2. Fly from Sigiriya (GIU) to Hambantota (HRI) GIU - HRI
  3. Take a taxi from Hambantota to Ella

$494 - $979

Train to Katugastota, fly, taxi  •  5 h 46 min

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura to Kurunegala
  2. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Hambantota (HRI) KDZ - HRI
  3. Take a taxi from Hambantota to Ella

$274 - $819

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Anuradhapura to Ella. However, there are services departing from Anuradhapura Town and arriving at Elle via Polgahawela. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11 h 58 min.

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The distance between Anuradhapura and Ella is 174 km. The road distance is 231 km.

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The best way to get from Anuradhapura to Ella without a car is to train which takes 11 h 58 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 11 h 58 min to get from Anuradhapura to Ella, including transfers.

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Anuradhapura to Ella train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Anuradhapura Town station.

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The quickest flight from Sigiriya Airport to Hambantota Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Anuradhapura to Ella train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Elle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Anuradhapura to Ella is 231 km. It takes approximately 4 h 26 min to drive from Anuradhapura to Ella.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Sigiriya Airport to Hambantota Airport.

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There are 828+ hotels available in Ella. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Anuradhapura to Ella.
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  • Distance: 109 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 58 min

What companies run services between Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka and Ella, Uva, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Anuradhapura to Ella via Polgahawela in around 11 h 58 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Sigiriya to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$430 - $900
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $370
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Anuradhapura Town to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Polgahawela to Elle
Ave. Duration
7 h 56 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
Train from Anuradhapura to Kurunegala
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Puttalam to Pettah CTB
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Bus from Pettah CTB to Bandarawela
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $4
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Anuradhapura to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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