There are 5 ways to get from Colombo to Mannar by train, bus, taxi, night train or car

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Train  •  3 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Madhu Road Long Distance

$18 - $26

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Night train  •  16 h 10 min

  1. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Mannar Long Distance

$7 - $13

3 alternative options

Bus, taxi  •  8 h 33 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB Main Bus Stop to Kalpitiya 7
  2. Take a taxi from Kalpitiya to Mannar

$76 - $92

Taxi  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Mannar 180 miles

$100 - $130

Drive  •  5 h 14 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Mannar 180 miles

$21 - $35

Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo and Mannar is 228 km. The road distance is 288 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Mannar without a car is to train which takes 3 h 34 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 3 h 34 min to get from Colombo to Mannar, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Mannar is 288 km. It takes approximately 5 h 14 min to drive from Colombo to Mannar.

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There are 13+ hotels available in Mannar. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Mannar.
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  • Distance: 142.2 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 34 min

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Mannar twice daily. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 2 h 54 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Madhu Road
Ave. Duration
2 h 54 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Night train from Colombo Fort to Mannar
Ave. Duration
16 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $7
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $7
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB Main Bus Stop to Kalpitiya
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Kalpitiya to Mannar
Ave. Duration
3 h 58 min
Estimated price
$75 - $90
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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