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

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Fly  •  1 h

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Batticaloa (BTC) DWO - BTC

$31 - $221

Cheapest option

Night train  •  15 h 22 min

  1. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Batticaloa Night Mail Train

$1 - $6

4 alternative options

Train  •  8 h 30 min

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

$18 - $26

Bus  •  13 h 17 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Haputale 99 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Wellawaya to Batticaloa 35/935

$16 - $24

Taxi  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Batticaloa 195.9 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  5 h 25 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Batticaloa 195.9 miles

$23 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Batticaloa is to night train which costs Rs. 310 - Rs. 1000 and takes 15 h 22 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Batticaloa is to fly which costs Rs. 5000 - Rs. 37000 and takes 1 h.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Batticaloa. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 22 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Batticaloa is 221 km. The road distance is 313.4 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Batticaloa without a car is to train which takes 8 h 30 min and costs Rs. 2900 - Rs. 4300.

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It takes approximately 1 h to get from Colombo to Batticaloa, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Colombo to Batticaloa is to fly which takes 1 h and costs Rs. 5000 - Rs. 37000. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 2900 - Rs. 4300 and takes 8 h 30 min, you could also bus, which costs Rs. 2700 - Rs. 4000 and takes 13 h 17 min.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Batticaloa.
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  • Distance: 138.2 miles
  • Duration: 1 h

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

Cinnamon Air flies from Colombo to Batticaloa twice daily. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Batticaloa once daily. Tickets cost $1 - $6 and the journey takes 7 h 53 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Valachchenei
Ave. Duration
7 h 53 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Night train from Colombo Fort to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
15 h 22 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Haputale
Ave. Duration
6 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
Bus from Wellawaya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
5 h 21 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
Estimated price
$110 - $140
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Batticaloa is 313 km. It takes approximately 5 h 25 min to drive from Colombo to Batticaloa.

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Cinnamon Air offers flights from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport.

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There are 44+ hotels available in Batticaloa. Prices start at $14 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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