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There are 8 ways to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella by plane, taxi, bus, train or car

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Fly Colombo to Hambantota, taxi  •  2 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Hambantota (HRI) CMB - HRI
  2. Take a taxi from Hambantota to Ella

$265 - $748

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Train  •  11 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Elle Express Train

$2 - $6

6 alternative options

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya, taxi  •  4 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU
  2. Take a taxi from Sigiriya to Ella

$292 - $611

Bus to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  4 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  3. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Ella

$72 - $210

Bus to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Hatton, taxi  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF
  3. Take a taxi from Hatton to Ella

$62 - $245

Bus  •  8 h

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Bandarawela 99 / ...

$10 - $15

Taxi  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella 148 miles

$85 - $110

Drive  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella 148 miles

$17 - $26

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella is to train which costs Rs. 300 - Rs. 1000 and takes 11 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 45000 - Rs. 130000 and takes 2 h 23 min.

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The distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) and Ella is 132 km. The road distance is 236.8 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella without a car is to bus which takes 8 h and costs Rs. 1600 - Rs. 2600.

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It takes approximately 2 h 23 min to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella is to bus which takes 8 h and costs Rs. 1600 - Rs. 2600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 300 - Rs. 1000 and takes 11 h 15 min.

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The quickest flight from Colombo Airport to Hambantota Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella is 237 km. It takes approximately 3 h 38 min to drive from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella.

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Cinnamon Air offers flights from Colombo Airport to Hambantota Airport.

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There are 849+ hotels available in Ella. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella.
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  • Distance: 82.6 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 23 min

What companies run services between Colombo Airport (CMB), Sri Lanka and Ella, Uva, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Ella 4 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 9 h 19 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $340
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Elle
Ave. Duration
9 h 19 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Bus operators
Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT
Phone
+942581120-29
Website
sltb.lk
Bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
sltb.lk
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Bandarawela
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $4
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Hambantota to Ella
Ave. Duration
1 h 38 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45

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