There are 4 ways to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam by train, bus, taxi or car

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Recommended option

Train  •  3 h

  1. Colombo Commuter

$3 - $5

Cheapest option

Bus  •  4 h 52 min

  1. 4-7 / ...

$2 - $3

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  1 h 57 min

  1. 67.3 miles

$45 - $55

Drive  •  1 h 57 min

  1. 67.3 miles

$8 - $12

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam twice daily. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 2 h 57 min. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $2 and the journey takes 3 h 45 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Free Trade Zone to Nooranagar
Ave. Duration
2 h 57 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Estimated price
$45 - $55
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo Airport (CMB) and Puttalam is 96 km. The road distance is 108 km.

The cheapest way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam is to bus which costs Rs. 280 - Rs. 450 and takes 4 h 52 min.

The quickest way to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam is to taxi which takes 1 h 57 min and costs Rs. 7000 - Rs. 9000.

No, there is no direct bus from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam. However, there are services departing from Katunayake Airport Bus Station and arriving at Puttalam via Pettah CTB. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 h 52 min.

It takes approximately 3 h to get from Colombo Airport (CMB) to Puttalam, including transfers.