COVID-19 Travel restrictions may apply in Sri Lanka. Learn More.

There are 7 ways to get from Colombo to Yala National Park by bus, 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.

Recommended option

Bus  •  3h 59m

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

Rs. 230 - Rs. 310

6 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 Colombo to Hambantota, travel  •  2h 14m

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Hambantota (HRI) CMB - HRI
  2. Travel from Hambantota 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 Hatton, fly to Weerawila, travel  •  7h 17m

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

Bus to Kandy, fly to Weerawila, travel  •  6h 12m

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kandy Good Shed Bus Station
  2. Fly from Kandy (KDW) to Weerawila (WRZ) KDW - WRZ
  3. Travel from Weerawila to Yala National Park

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Sri Lanka

There is widespread community transmission globally.
Some travel restrictions are being lifted in Sri Lanka. For the latest travel status, please check the official page for Sri Lanka.

For travel planning advice, please refer to our Rome2rio Coronavirus information page .

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

Some international borders began to reopen in Sri Lanka from August 1.

Some domestic travel restrictions began to ease in Sri Lanka from May 25.

International flights leaving Sri Lanka are suspended as part of the response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Restrictions may also be in place for other modes of transport.

Last updated: August 12 | Data sourced from: ACAPS, OXFORD

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to bus which costs Rs. 230 - Rs. 310 and takes 3h 59m.

More details

The quickest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to bus which costs Rs. 230 - Rs. 310 and takes 3h 59m.

More details

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. 230 - Rs. 310.

More details

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

More details

The quickest flight from Colombo Airport to Hambantota Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

Search flights

Cinnamon Air offers flights from Colombo Airport to Hambantota Airport.

Search flights

There are 14+ hotels available in Yala National Park. Prices start at Rs. 17500 per night.

More details

The best way to get from Colombo to Colombo Airport is to taxi which takes 25 min and costs Rs. 3400 - Rs. 4100.

More details

Map of how to get from Colombo to Yala National Park.
Launch map view
  • 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. 230 - Rs. 310 and the journey takes 3h 13m.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 4200 - Rs. 55000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 12000 - Rs. 70000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 16000 - Rs. 80000
Flights from Hatton to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 22000 - Rs. 95000
Flights from Kandy to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 22000 - Rs. 95000
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 4200 - Rs. 55000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 2800 - Rs. 41000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 2900 - Rs. 41000
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Fort Station to Haputale
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 400 - Rs. 650
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 400 - Rs. 550
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 470 - Rs. 650
Train from Fort Station to Hatton Station
Ave. Duration
4h 43m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 330 - Rs. 550
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 330 - Rs. 440
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 380 - Rs. 550
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. 230 - Rs. 310
Schedules at
busbooking.lk
Standard
Rs. 230 - Rs. 310
Semi Lux
Rs. 370 - Rs. 450
AirCon
Rs. 490 - Rs. 600
Super Lux
Rs. 830
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kandy Good Shed Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 140 - Rs. 190
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 140 - Rs. 190
Semi Lux
Rs. 190 - Rs. 240
AirCon
Rs. 270 - Rs. 310
Super Lux
Rs. 465

Want to know more about travelling around the world?

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Read our range of informative guides on popular transport routes and companies - including Need to know: Jadrolinija, Getting to Rome from the airport and How to get from Southend Airport into central London - to help you get the most out of your next trip.