There are 7 ways to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa by train, taxi, 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  •  6 h 29 min

  1. Express Train

$8 - $13

6 alternative options

Taxi  •  3 h 39 min

  1. 135.6 miles

$85 - $110

Drive  •  3 h 39 min

  1. 135.6 miles

$16 - $24

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya  •  3 h 36 min

  1. CMB - GIU

$247 - $583

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

  1. DWO - KDZ

$72 - $214

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

  1. DWO - BTC

$67 - $264

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, taxi  •  4 h 22 min

  1. DWO - NUF

$107 - $304

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 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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
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
$85 - $110
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Questions & Answers

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

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa is to train which costs Rs. 1100 - Rs. 2100 and takes 6 h 29 min.

The quickest way to get from Colombo to Polonnaruwa is to fly and taxi which takes 2 h 42 min and costs Rs. 10000 - Rs. 42000.

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