There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Ella by bus, 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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Bus  •  6 h 52 min

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

$9 - $14

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Train  •  9 h 19 min

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

$1 - $5

4 alternative options

Taxi  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Ella 128.3 miles

$75 - $95

Drive  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Ella 128.3 miles

$15 - $23

Fly to Hatton, taxi  •  2 h 33 min

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

$61 - $244

Fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  3 h 8 min

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

$71 - $214

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Ella is to train which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 850 and takes 9 h 19 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Ella is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 10000 - Rs. 41000 and takes 2 h 33 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Elle. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 19 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Ella is 132 km. The road distance is 205.3 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Ella without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 52 min and costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2300.

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It takes approximately 6 h 52 min to get from Colombo to Ella, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Colombo to Ella is to bus which takes 6 h 52 min and costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2300. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 850 and takes 9 h 19 min.

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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 Ella train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Elle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Ella is 205 km. It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to drive from Colombo to Ella.

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

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Ella.
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  • Distance: 82.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 52 min

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Ella, Uva, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Ella hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Ella 4 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 9 h 19 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 Elle
Ave. Duration
9 h 19 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 Ella
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Estimated price
$75 - $95
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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