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

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Bus  •  7 h 30 min

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

$1 - $3

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Train  •  9 h 32 min

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

$1 - $5

Taxi  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Badulla 139.2 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Badulla 139.2 miles

$16 - $25

Fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  2 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Badulla

$66 - $204

Fly to Hatton, taxi  •  2 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF
  2. Take a taxi from Hatton to Badulla

$61 - $244

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Badulla is to bus which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 470 and takes 7 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Badulla is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 10000 - Rs. 42000 and takes 2 h 32 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pettah CTB and arriving at Badulla. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7 h 30 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Badulla. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 32 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Badulla is 133 km. The road distance is 222.7 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Badulla without a car is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 470.

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The bus from Pettah CTB to Badulla takes 7 h 30 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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Colombo to Badulla bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Pettah CTB station.

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

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The best way to get from Colombo to Badulla is to bus which takes 7 h 30 min and costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 470. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 850 and takes 9 h 32 min.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Badulla.
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  • Distance: 83.4 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 30 min

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

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Badulla hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 7 h 30 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Badulla 4 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 9 h 32 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
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 Badulla
Ave. Duration
9 h 32 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
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Badulla
Ave. Duration
7 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$6
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Badulla
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Katugastota Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Colombo to Badulla bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Badulla station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Badulla is 223 km. It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to drive from Colombo to Badulla.

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

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There are 748+ hotels available in Badulla. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs Rs. 550 - Rs. 700.

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