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

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Fly  •  47 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ

$22 - $153

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Train  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kandy A.C. - Intercity / ...

$1 - $3

3 alternative options

Bus, taxi  •  3 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Avissawella 99 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Avissawella to Kandy

$36 - $51

Taxi  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Kandy 73.4 miles

$45 - $55

Drive  •  2 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Kandy 73.4 miles

$8 - $13

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Kandy. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 31 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Kandy is 96 km. The road distance is 117.5 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Kandy without a car is to train which takes 2 h 31 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 47 min to get from Colombo to Kandy, including transfers.

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

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The best way to get from Colombo to Kandy is to fly which takes 47 min and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 2 h 31 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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Colombo to Kandy train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Kandy station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Kandy is 117 km. It takes approximately 2 h 5 min to drive from Colombo to Kandy.

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

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Kandy.
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  • Distance: 59.9 miles
  • Duration: 47 min

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

SriLankan Airlines and Cinnamon Air fly from Colombo to Kandy 4 times a day. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Kandy every 4 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 2 h 31 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Kandy
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Avissawella
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1
Super Lux
$2
Other operators
Taxi from Avissawella to Kandy
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Estimated price
$35 - $50

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There are 1467+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at $17 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 .

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