There are 5 ways to get from Colombo to Ratnapura by bus, taxi, car, train 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.

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Bus  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura 99 / ...

$1 - $3

4 alternative options

Taxi  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Ratnapura 56.2 miles

$29 - $35

Drive  •  1 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Ratnapura 56.2 miles

$6 - $10

Train, taxi  •  1 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Panadura Colombo Commuter / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Panadura to Ratnapura

$22 - $28

Fly  •  2 h 45 min

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

$57 - $244

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Ratnapura is to bus which costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 360 and takes 3 h.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Ratnapura is to taxi which takes 1 h 28 min and costs Rs. 4600 - Rs. 5500.

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The distance between Colombo and Ratnapura is 67 km. The road distance is 90 km.

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The bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura takes 3 h including transfers and departs hourly.

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

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

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Ratnapura hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 3 h. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines fly from Colombo to Ratnapura twice daily.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
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 Panadura
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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