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There are 4 ways to get from Colombo to Puttalam by bus, train, taxi or car

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Bus  •  3h 45m

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam 4-7 / ...

$1 - $2

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Train  •  4h 3m

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Nooranagar Colombo Commuter

$1 - $3

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  2h 17m

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Puttalam 84.7 miles

$50 - $65

Drive  •  2h 17m

  1. Drive from Colombo to Puttalam 84.7 miles

$10 - $15

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Puttalam is to bus which costs Rs. 150 - Rs. 210 and takes 3h 45m.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Puttalam is to taxi which costs Rs. 8500 - Rs. 11000 and takes 2h 17m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Pettah CTB and arriving at Puttalam. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 3h 45m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Nooranagar. Services depart twice daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 3m.

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The distance between Colombo and Puttalam is 123 km. The road distance is 135.5 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Puttalam without a car is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs Rs. 150 - Rs. 210.

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The bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam takes 3h 45m including transfers and departs hourly.

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Colombo to Puttalam bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Pettah CTB station.

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Colombo to Puttalam train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Colombo Fort station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Puttalam is to bus which takes 3h 45m and costs Rs. 150 - Rs. 210. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 430 and takes 4h 3m.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Puttalam.
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  • Distance: 76.8 miles
  • Duration: 3h 45m

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Puttalam, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Puttalam hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $2 and the journey takes 3h 45m. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Puttalam twice daily. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 4h 3m.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Nooranagar
Ave. Duration
4h 3m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
2h 17m
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Colombo to Puttalam bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Puttalam station.

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Colombo to Puttalam train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Nooranagar station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Puttalam is 135 km. It takes approximately 2h 17m to drive from Colombo to Puttalam.

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There are 110+ hotels available in Puttalam. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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