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There are 4 ways to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya by train, taxi, night train or car

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Recommended option

Train, taxi  •  4 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura Town to Polgahawela Long Distance
  2. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya

$41 - $57

Cheapest option

Train, night train  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura Town to Polgahawela Long Distance
  2. Take the night train from Polgahawela to Nanuoya Express Train

$9 - $15

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya 134.5 miles

$80 - $95

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya 134.5 miles

$16 - $24

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya is to train and night train which costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2700 and takes 9 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya is to taxi which costs Rs. 13000 - Rs. 17000 and takes 3 h 42 min.

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The distance between Anuradhapura and Nuwara Eliya is 155 km. The road distance is 215.2 km.

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The best way to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya without a car is to train and taxi which takes 4 h 59 min and costs Rs. 7000 - Rs. 10000.

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It takes approximately 4 h 59 min to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya is 215 km. It takes approximately 3 h 42 min to drive from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya.

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There are 746+ hotels available in Nuwara Eliya. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya.
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  • Distance: 96.6 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 59 min

What companies run services between Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka and Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka?

There is no direct connection from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya. However, you can take the train to Polgahawela then take the taxi to Nuwara Eliya. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya via Polgahawela and Nanuoya in around 9 h 34 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Anuradhapura Town to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
3 h 2 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Night train from Polgahawela to Nanuoya
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
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Taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55

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