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

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Bus  •  6 h 40 min

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

$1 - $3

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Train  •  8 h 48 min

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

$1 - $5

Taxi  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Bandarawela 120.7 miles

$70 - $90

Drive  •  3 h 7 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Bandarawela 120.7 miles

$14 - $22

Fly to Hatton, taxi  •  2 h 19 min

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

$56 - $239

Fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  2 h 55 min

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

$66 - $209

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Bandarawela is to bus which costs Rs. 220 - Rs. 470 and takes 6 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Bandarawela is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 9500 - Rs. 41000 and takes 2 h 19 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pettah CTB and arriving at Bandarawela. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 6 h 40 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Bandarawela. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 8 h 48 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Bandarawela is 126 km. The road distance is 193.1 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Bandarawela without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 40 min and costs Rs. 220 - Rs. 470.

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The bus from Pettah CTB to Bandarawela takes 6 h 40 min including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

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The best way to get from Colombo to Bandarawela is to bus which takes 6 h 40 min and costs Rs. 220 - Rs. 470. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 240 - Rs. 800 and takes 8 h 48 min.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Bandarawela.
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  • Distance: 79 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 40 min

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

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Bandarawela hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Bandarawela 4 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 8 h 48 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
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 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 Bandarawela
Ave. Duration
8 h 48 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 Bandarawela
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $4
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Bandarawela
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
Estimated price
$70 - $90
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Bandarawela is 193 km. It takes approximately 3 h 7 min to drive from Colombo to Bandarawela.

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

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There are 828+ hotels available in Bandarawela. 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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