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

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Train, taxi  •  2h 40m

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura to Kurunegala A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Kurunegala to Kandy

$19 - $25

Cheapest option

Train  •  5h 21m

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

$2 - $3

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  2h 24m

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Kandy 85.1 miles

$50 - $65

Drive  •  2h 24m

  1. Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy 85.1 miles

$10 - $15

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Anuradhapura to Kandy is to train which costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 600 and takes 5h 21m.

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

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No, there is no direct train from Anuradhapura to Kandy. However, there are services departing from Anuradhapura Town and arriving at Kandy via Polgahawela. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 5h 21m.

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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 and taxi which takes 2h 40m and costs Rs. 3200 - Rs. 4400.

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It takes approximately 2h 40m 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 Town 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 2h 24m to drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy.

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There are 1457+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at $16 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: 2h 40m

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 5h 21m.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Anuradhapura to Kurunegala
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
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
Train from Anuradhapura Town to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
3h 2m
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 Kandy
Ave. Duration
1h 19m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Other operators
Taxi from Kurunegala to Kandy
Ave. Duration
45m
Estimated price
$18 - $23

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