There are 8 ways to get from Colombo to Nilaveli by train, taxi, night train, car or plane

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Train, taxi via Vavuniya  •  6 h 21 min

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

$36 - $54

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Night train  •  15 h 49 min

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

$11 - $16

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Train, taxi  •  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

$31 - $44

Taxi  •  4 h 23 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Nilaveli 165.9 miles

$95 - $120

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

$81 - $284

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

$86 - $229

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 - $601

Questions & Answers

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

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The best way to get from Colombo to Nilaveli without a car is to train and taxi which takes 6 h 21 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 21 min to get from Colombo to Nilaveli, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Nilaveli is 265 km. It takes approximately 4 h 23 min to drive from Colombo to Nilaveli.

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Cinnamon Air offers flights from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport.

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There are 272+ hotels available in Nilaveli. 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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Map of how to get from Colombo to Nilaveli.
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  • Distance: 152.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 21 min

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 Vavuniya 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 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
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
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Vavuniya
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
5 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 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$3 - $4
Night train from Colombo Fort to Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 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
Other operators
Taxi from Vavuniya to Nilaveli
Ave. Duration
2 h 1 min
Estimated price
$35 - $50
SR Rent A Car
Phone
+94 11 2 960830
Website
srilankarentacar.com

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