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There are 6 ways to get from Colombo to Yala National Park by bus, train or plane

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Bus  •  3h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Tangalle Route EX 1-12/32

Rs. 260 - Rs. 350

5 alternative options

Train, travel  •  9h 5m

  1. Take the train from Fort Station to Haputale Colombo
  2. Travel from Haputale to Yala National Park

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, travel  •  2h 58m

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF
  2. Travel from Hatton to Yala National Park

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Kandy, travel  •  3h 5m

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Kandy (KDW) DWO - KDW
  2. Travel from Kandy to Yala National Park

Train to Koggala, fly to Weerawila, travel  •  5h 5m

  1. Take the train from Fort Station to Talpe
  2. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Weerawila (WRZ) KCT - WRZ
  3. Travel from Weerawila to Yala National Park

Train to Koggala, fly to Hambantota, travel  •  5h 15m

  1. Take the train from Fort Station to Talpe
  2. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Hambantota (HRI) KCT - HRI
  3. Travel from Hambantota to Yala National Park

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Yala National Park is 1912.

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The social distance requirement in Yala National Park is 1 metre.

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Last updated: 28 Jul 2021
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The most affordable way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to bus, which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 350 and takes 3h 59m.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to bus which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 350 and takes 3h 59m.

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The distance between Colombo and Yala National Park is 193 km.

The best way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park without a car is to bus which takes 3h 59m and costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 350.

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It takes approximately 3h 59m to get from Colombo to Yala National Park, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Hatton Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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

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There are nine+ hotels available in Yala National Park. Prices start at Rs. 20000 per night.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 11 min and costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 1900.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Yala National Park.
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  • Distance: 192.8 km
  • Duration: 3h 59m

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Yala National Park, Southern, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Tangalle 3 times a day. Tickets cost Rs. 260 - Rs. 350 and the journey takes 3h 13m.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 8000 - Rs. 80000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 16000 - Rs. 110000
Flights from Koggala to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 8500 - Rs. 80000
Flights from Koggala to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 16000 - Rs. 110000
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 8000 - Rs. 80000
Flights from Koggala to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 8500 - Rs. 80000
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Fort Station to Haputale
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 400 - Rs. 650
Website
railway.gov.lk
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 400 - Rs. 550
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 470 - Rs. 650
Train from Fort Station to Talpe
Ave. Duration
2h 36m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 110 - Rs. 450
Website
railway.gov.lk
Book at
12go.asia
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 280 - Rs. 380
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 320 - Rs. 450
3rd Class
Rs. 118
2nd Class
Rs. 218
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Tangalle
Ave. Duration
3h 13m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 260 - Rs. 350
Schedules at
busbooking.lk
Standard
Rs. 260 - Rs. 350
Semi Lux
Rs. 420 - Rs. 550
AirCon
Rs. 550 - Rs. 650
Super Lux
Rs. 943

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