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There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa by train, taxi, car or plane

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Train  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa Express Train

$7 - $11

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Taxi  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Polonnaruwa 135.6 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 39 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Polonnaruwa 135.6 miles

$16 - $24

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

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

$66 - $209

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa, taxi  •  2 h 42 min

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

$61 - $264

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU

$245 - $580

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa is to train which costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2000 and takes 6 h 29 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 10000 - Rs. 46000 and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Polonnaruwa is 169 km. The road distance is 217 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa without a car is to train which takes 6 h 29 min and costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2000.

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It takes approximately 6 h 29 min to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa is to train which takes 6 h 29 min and costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2000. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs Rs. 42000 - Rs. 100000 and takes 3 h 36 min.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Katugastota Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Polonnaruwa is 217 km. It takes approximately 3 h 39 min to drive from Colombo to Polonnaruwa.

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

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There are 172+ hotels available in Polonnaruwa. Prices start at $11 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa.
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  • Distance: 105.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 29 min

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Polonnaruwa, North Central, Sri Lanka?

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Polonnaruwa once daily. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 6 h 25 min. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines fly from Colombo to Polonnaruwa twice daily.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
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
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 Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 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 Colombo to Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
3 h 39 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.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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