There are 7 ways to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy by bus, taxi, train, 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.

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Bus, taxi  •  4 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Avissawella 99 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Avissawella to Kandy

$37 - $52

Cheapest option

Bus, train  •  4 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Katunayake Airport Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal 187-E CMB to Colombo
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kandy A.C. - Intercity / ...

$2 - $4

5 alternative options

Taxi  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy 64.3 miles

$40 - $50

Drive  •  1 h 58 min

  1. Drive from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy 64.3 miles

$7 - $12

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya, taxi  •  2 h 4 min

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

$262 - $576

Fly Colombo to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  2 h

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) CMB - DWO
  2. Take the train from Godagama to Kandy

$26 - $229

Bus to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Katugastota  •  2 h 32 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

$23 - $153

Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) and Kandy is 84 km. The road distance is 102.9 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 4 h 15 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 4 h 15 min to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy is 103 km. It takes approximately 1 h 58 min to drive from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy.

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Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines offer flights from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya Airport.

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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 Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy.
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  • Distance: 52.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 15 min

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

There is no direct connection from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy. However, you can take the bus to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal, take the walk to Pettah CTB, take the bus to Avissawella, then take the taxi to Kandy. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Kandy via Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal and Colombo Fort in around 4 h 27 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $220
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $370
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Kandy
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Godagama to Kandy
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Avissawella
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1
Super Lux
$2
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
Other operators
Taxi from Avissawella to Kandy
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Estimated price
$35 - $50

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