There are 4 ways to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy by train, taxi or car

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Train  •  4 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura to Polgahawela A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take the train from Polgahawela to Kandy Express Train / ...

$2 - $3

3 alternative options

Train via Anuradhapura Town  •  5 h 21 min

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

$2 - $3

Taxi  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Kandy 85.1 miles

$50 - $65

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy 85.1 miles

$10 - $15

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The cheapest way to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy is to train which costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 600 and takes 4 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy is to taxi which costs Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000 and takes 2 h 24 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Anuradhapura to Kandy. However, there are services departing from Anuradhapura and arriving at Kandy via Polgahawela. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 34 min.

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The distance between Anuradhapura and Kandy is 116 km. The road distance is 136.2 km.

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The best way to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy without a car is to train which takes 4 h 34 min and costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 600.

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It takes approximately 4 h 34 min to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Anuradhapura to Kandy is 136 km. It takes approximately 2 h 24 min to drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy.

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There are 1455+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at $18 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy.
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  • Distance: 72.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 34 min

What companies run services between Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka and Kandy, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Anuradhapura to Kandy via Polgahawela in around 4 h 34 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Anuradhapura to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
2 h 15 min
Frequency
5 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 Kandy
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
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
Other operators
Taxi from Anuradhapura to Kandy
Ave. Duration
2 h 24 min
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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