There are 5 ways to get from Colombo to Chilaw by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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Train  •  2 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Chilaw Colombo Commuter

$1 - $2

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Bus, taxi  •  1 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Katunayake Airport Bus Station 187-E CMB to Colombo
  2. Take a taxi from Katunayake Bus Station to Chilaw

$18 - $22

Taxi  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Chilaw 51.1 miles

$25 - $31

Drive  •  1 h 19 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Chilaw 51.1 miles

$6 - $9

Fly, taxi  •  1 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Colombo (CMB) DWO - CMB
  2. Take a taxi from Colombo to Chilaw

$37 - $225

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Chilaw is to train which costs Rs. 80 - Rs. 270 and takes 2 h 36 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Chilaw is to taxi which costs Rs. 4100 - Rs. 5000 and takes 1 h 19 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Chilaw is 72 km. The road distance is 81.7 km.

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The train from Colombo Fort to Chilaw takes 2 h 36 min including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Chilaw. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 36 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Chilaw.
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  • Distance: 44.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 36 min

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Chilaw every 4 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $2 and the journey takes 2 h 36 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$17 - $200
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$270 - $340
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Chilaw
Ave. Duration
2 h 36 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Bus operators
Sri Lanka Transport Board - SLTB ICT
Phone
+942581120-29
Website
sltb.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Katunayake Airport Bus Station
Ave. Duration
45 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
sltb.lk
Other operators
Taxi from Katunayake Bus Station to Chilaw
Ave. Duration
58 min
Estimated price
$17 - $21
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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