There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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Train  •  3 h 47 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura Town A.C. - Intercity / ...

$1 - $4

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Bus, taxi  •  5 h 9 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam 4-7 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Puttalam to Anuradhapura

$31 - $41

Taxi  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Anuradhapura 132.9 miles

$75 - $95

Drive  •  3 h 38 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura 132.9 miles

$16 - $24

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya, taxi  •  3 h 50 min

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

$249 - $586

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, train  •  5 h 18 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take the train from Kandy to Anuradhapura

$24 - $158

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Anuradhapura Town. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3 h 47 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Anuradhapura is 166 km. The road distance is 212.7 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura without a car is to train which takes 3 h 47 min and costs .

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The train from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura Town takes 3 h 47 min including transfers and departs four times a day.

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Colombo to Anuradhapura train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Colombo Fort station.

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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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Colombo to Anuradhapura train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Anuradhapura Town station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Anuradhapura is 213 km. It takes approximately 3 h 38 min to drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura.

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

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There are 367+ hotels available in Anuradhapura. Prices start at $13 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura.
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  • Distance: 103.5 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 47 min

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Anuradhapura 4 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $4 and the journey takes 3 h 47 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 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 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 Anuradhapura Town
Ave. Duration
3 h 47 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
Train from Kandy to Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
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
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Puttalam to Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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The best way to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport is to bus which takes 45 min and costs .

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