There are 7 ways to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya by bus, 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

Bus  •  8 h 14 min

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

$26 - $33

Cheapest option

Train  •  8 h 12 min

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

$9 - $15

5 alternative options

Taxi  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya 102.1 miles

$60 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya 102.1 miles

$12 - $18

Fly from Colombo, taxi  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) CMB - DWO
  2. Take a taxi from Diyawanna Oya to Nuwara Eliya

$80 - $294

Bus, fly to Hatton  •  3 h 16 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

$43 - $221

Bus, fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  3 h 49 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 Nuwara Eliya

$52 - $190

Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) and Nuwara Eliya is 101 km. The road distance is 163.4 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 14 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 14 min to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya is to bus which takes 8 h 14 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 8 h 12 min.

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The quickest flight from Colombo Airport to Diyawanna Oya Airport is the direct flight which takes 15 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya is 163 km. It takes approximately 2 h 55 min to drive from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya.

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

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There are 736+ hotels available in Nuwara Eliya. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya.
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  • Distance: 63.4 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 14 min

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

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 5 h 59 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya 4 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $4 and the journey takes 6 h 6 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $220
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
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 Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $370
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
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 Nanuoya
Ave. Duration
6 h 6 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $4
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Beragala
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
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 Colombo Airport (CMB) to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
Estimated price
$60 - $75
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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