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

Recommended option

Bus  •  3 h 45 min

  1. 4-7 / ...

$1 - $2

Cheapest option

Train  •  4 h 3 min

  1. Colombo Commuter

$1 - $3

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  2 h 17 min

  1. 84.7 miles

$55 - $70

Drive  •  2 h 17 min

  1. 84.7 miles

$10 - $15

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 3 h 45 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Puttalam twice daily. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 4 h 3 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Nooranagar
Ave. Duration
4 h 3 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $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
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
2 h 17 min
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo and Puttalam is 123 km. The road distance is 135 km.

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

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

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 4 h 3 min.

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 3 h 45 min.

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