There are 5 ways to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya by train, taxi, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, taxi  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Anuradhapura to Polgahawela A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya

$46 - $62

Cheapest option

Train  •  8 h 56 min

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

$10 - $16

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  3 h 42 min

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

$85 - $110

Drive  •  3 h 42 min

  1. Drive from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya 134.5 miles

$16 - $24

Taxi, fly  •  4 h 45 min

  1. Take a taxi from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya
  2. Fly from Sigiriya (GIU) to Colombo (CMB) GIU - CMB
  3. Take a taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya

$316 - $667

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya is to train which costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2500 and takes 8 h 56 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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It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to get from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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

You can take a train from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya via Polgahawela and Nanuoya in around 8 h 56 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Sigiriya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Sigiriya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
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 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
$2 - $3
Train from Polgahawela to Nanuoya
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 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 Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60

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