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Fly to Hatton

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

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Bus

  1. Take the bus from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya

Fly to Kandy

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Kandy (KDW)

Bus, taxi

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kegalle
  2. Take a taxi from Kegalle to Nuwara Eliya

Train

  1. Take the train from Fort Station to Nanuoya

Taxi

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya

Drive

  1. Drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya

Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) flights

The flight time between Diyawanna Oya (DWO) and Hatton (NUF) is around 30 min and covers a distance of around 74 km. The fastest flight normally takes 30 min. Services are operated by SriLankan Airlines and Cinnamon Air. Typically 14 flights run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Flight route information

Average flight journey time:
30 min
Fastest flight journey time:
30 min
Flight distance:
74 km
Flights per week:
14
Cheapest price:
Rs. 438
Carbon emissions:
24 kg CO2

First and last flights

First flight departs at:
11:00
Last flight departs at:
11:00

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) flight schedules

Colombo → Nuwara Eliya
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COVID-19 help in Sri Lanka

If you need help, visit the national COVID-19 website or call the COVID-19 Helpline 1912

Frequently Asked Questions


There are currently travel restrictions within Sri Lanka.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
  • Observe COVID-19 safety rules

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Nuwara Eliya is 1912.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Nuwara Eliya is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Nuwara Eliya is 1 metre.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 1912.

Last updated: 13 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is to bus which costs Rs. 190 - Rs. 550 and takes 3h 50m.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is to fly which costs Rs. 3500 - Rs. 46000 and takes 1h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Colombo and arriving at Nuwara Eliya. Services depart four times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 50m.

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The distance between Colombo and Nuwara Eliya is 103 km. The road distance is 160.1 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 3h 33m and costs Rs. 4700 - Rs. 6000.

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It takes approximately 1h 35m to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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Colombo to Nuwara Eliya bus services, operated by NCG Express, depart from Colombo station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is to fly which takes 1h 35m and costs Rs. 3500 - Rs. 46000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 190 - Rs. 550 and takes 3h 50m, you could also train, which costs Rs. 950 - Rs. 1400 and takes 6h 14m.

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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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Colombo to Nuwara Eliya bus services, operated by NCG Express, arrive at Nuwara Eliya station.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya.
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  • Distance: 103.2 km
  • Duration: 1h 35m

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

SriLankan Airlines and Cinnamon Air fly from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya twice daily. Alternatively, NCG Express operates a bus from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya 3 times a day. Tickets cost Rs. 545 and the journey takes 3h 50m. National Transport Commission also services this route once daily.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 4700 - Rs. 70000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 9000 - Rs. 95000
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 4700 - Rs. 70000
Train operators
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kegalle
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 100 - Rs. 150
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 100 - Rs. 150
Semi Lux
Rs. 130 - Rs. 160
AirCon
Rs. 190 - Rs. 220
Super Lux
Rs. 327
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
6h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
Rs. 190 - Rs. 260
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busbooking.lk
Standard
Rs. 190 - Rs. 260
Semi Lux
Rs. 290 - Rs. 360
AirCon
Rs. 400 - Rs. 450
Super Lux
Rs. 674
Other operators
Taxi from Kegalle to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
1h 38m
Estimated price
Rs. 4600 - Rs. 5500
Pickme
Phone
+94117433433
Website
pickme.lk

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is 160 km. It takes approximately 2h 39m to drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya.

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

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There are 245+ hotels available in Nuwara Eliya. Prices start at Rs. 20000 per night.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs Rs. 650 - Rs. 800.

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