There are 7 ways to get from Colombo to Dambulla by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Train  •  4 h 47 min

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

$19 - $25

6 alternative options

Bus, taxi  •  5 h 56 min

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

$51 - $66

Taxi  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Dambulla 94.3 miles

$60 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Dambulla 94.3 miles

$11 - $17

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya  •  2 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU

$231 - $564

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, taxi  •  1 h 53 min

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

$47 - $184

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, taxi  •  3 h 13 min

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

$82 - $269

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Dambulla is to drive which costs Rs. 1800 - Rs. 2700 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Dambulla is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 7000 - Rs. 30000 and takes 1 h 53 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Dambulla is 136 km. The road distance is 150.9 km.

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It takes approximately 4 h 47 min to get from Colombo to Dambulla, including transfers.

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Dambulla once daily. Tickets cost $1 - $4 and the journey takes 4 h 5 min. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines fly from Colombo to Dambulla twice daily.

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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Aukana
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $4
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Palavi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Palavi to Dambulla
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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