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There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya by plane, taxi, train, bus or car

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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Fly to Hatton  •  1 h 32 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF

$42 - $220

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Bus  •  7 h 6 min

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

$24 - $32

4 alternative options

Fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  2 h 5 min

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

$46 - $189

Train, taxi  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polgahawela Colombo Commuter / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya

$40 - $56

Taxi  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya 104.7 miles

$60 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 45 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya 104.7 miles

$12 - $19

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is to drive which costs Rs. 2100 - Rs. 3200 and takes 2 h 45 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is to fly which costs Rs. 7000 - Rs. 38000 and takes 1 h 32 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya is 103 km. The road distance is 167.5 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya without a car is to train and taxi which takes 4 h 3 min and costs Rs. 6500 - Rs. 10000.

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It takes approximately 1 h 32 min to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is to fly which takes 1 h 32 min and costs Rs. 7000 - Rs. 38000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 4100 - Rs. 5500 and takes 7 h 6 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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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is 167 km. It takes approximately 2 h 45 min to drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya.

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

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There are 740+ hotels available in Nuwara Eliya. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya.
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  • Distance: 64.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 32 min

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka?

Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines fly from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya twice daily. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 5 h 59 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 Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Beragala
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Katugastota to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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The best way to get from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs Rs. 550 - Rs. 700.

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