There are 8 ways to get from Colombo to Nilaveli by train, taxi, night train, 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.

Recommended option

Train, taxi  •  6 h 9 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Medawachchiya A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Medawachchiya to Nilaveli

$41 - $54

Cheapest option

Night train  •  15 h 49 min

  1. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Trincomalee Night Mail Train

$11 - $17

6 alternative options

Train, taxi via Galoya Junction  •  6 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Galoya Junction Express Train
  2. Take a taxi from Galoya Junction to Nilaveli

$36 - $49

Taxi  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Nilaveli 165.9 miles

$100 - $130

Drive  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Nilaveli 165.9 miles

$20 - $29

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa, taxi  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Batticaloa (BTC) DWO - BTC
  2. Take a taxi from Batticaloa to Nilaveli

$87 - $289

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya, taxi  •  4 h 20 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU
  2. Take a taxi from Sigiriya to Nilaveli

$261 - $606

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, taxi  •  3 h 47 min

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

$92 - $234

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Nilaveli is to night train which costs Rs. 1700 - Rs. 2800 and takes 15 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Nilaveli is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 13000 - Rs. 47000 and takes 3 h 39 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Nilaveli is 244 km. The road distance is 265.5 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Colombo to Nilaveli, including transfers.

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

There is no direct connection from Colombo to Nilaveli. However, you can take the train to Medawachchiya then take the taxi to Nilaveli. Alternatively, you can take the train to Galoya Junction then take the taxi to Nilaveli.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
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
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
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
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Medawachchiya
Ave. Duration
4 h 11 min
Frequency
3 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
Train from Colombo Fort to Galoya Junction
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
Frequency
Once 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 Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Other operators
Taxi from Medawachchiya to Nilaveli
Ave. Duration
1 h 58 min
Estimated price
$40 - $50
SR Rent A Car
Phone
+94 11 2 960830
Website
srilankarentacar.com
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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