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

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Train, taxi  •  2 h 40 min

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

$20 - $25

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Train  •  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

2 alternative options

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

Questions & Answers

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 5 h 21 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 and taxi which takes 2 h 40 min and costs .

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

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There are 1467+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at $17 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: 2 h 40 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 5 h 21 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
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
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 Kandy
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
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
45 min
Estimated price
$19 - $23

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