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There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Talaimannar by bus, taxi, train, night train, car or plane

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Bus, taxi  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB Main Bus Stop to Kalpitiya 7
  2. Take a taxi from Kalpitiya to Talaimannar

$81 - $102

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Night train  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar Long Distance

$1 - $6

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Train  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar Pier Long Distance

$7 - $13

Taxi  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Talaimannar 197.3 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Talaimannar 197.3 miles

$23 - $35

Fly, train  •  8 h 53 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take the train from Kurunegala to Talaimannar Pier

$40 - $178

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Talaimannar is to night train which costs Rs. 300 - Rs. 1000 and takes 15 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Talaimannar is to taxi which costs Rs. 19000 - Rs. 24000 and takes 5 h 44 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Talaimannar. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 30 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Talaimannar is 240 km. The road distance is 315.7 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Talaimannar without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 9 h 3 min and costs Rs. 14000 - Rs. 18000.

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It takes approximately 9 h 3 min to get from Colombo to Talaimannar, including transfers.

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Talaimannar is 316 km. It takes approximately 5 h 44 min to drive from Colombo to Talaimannar.

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  • Distance: 150 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 3 min

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Talaimannar once daily. Tickets cost $2 - $7 and the journey takes 8 h 55 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar Pier
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$4 - $7
Night train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Train from Kurunegala to Talaimannar Pier
Ave. Duration
6 h 27 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
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB Main Bus Stop to Kalpitiya
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 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 Kalpitiya to Talaimannar
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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

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There are 12+ hotels available in Talaimannar. Prices start at $19 USD per night.

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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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