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There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Dambulla by train, 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, taxi  •  3 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polgahawela Colombo Commuter / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Dambulla

$30 - $41

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Train  •  4 h 47 min

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

$18 - $24

4 alternative options

Taxi  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Dambulla 94.3 miles

$55 - $70

Drive  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Dambulla 94.3 miles

$11 - $17

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

$45 - $179

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya  •  2 h 49 min

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

$231 - $563

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Dambulla is to drive which costs Rs. 1900 - Rs. 2900 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. 7500 - Rs. 31000 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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The best way to get from Colombo to Dambulla without a car is to train and taxi which takes 3 h 17 min and costs Rs. 5000 - Rs. 7500.

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It takes approximately 3 h 17 min to get from Colombo to Dambulla, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Dambulla is to train which takes 4 h 47 min and costs Rs. 3100 - Rs. 4200. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs Rs. 39000 - Rs. 100000 and takes 2 h 49 min.

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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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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Dambulla is 151 km. It takes approximately 2 h 31 min to drive from Colombo to Dambulla.

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

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There are 713+ hotels available in Dambulla. Prices start at $12 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Dambulla.
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  • Distance: 85 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 17 min

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
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
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
Other operators
Taxi from Polgahawela to Dambulla
Ave. Duration
1 h 11 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40

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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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