There are 10 ways to get from Colombo to Yala National Park by bus, taxi, train, car or plane

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Bus, taxi  •  11 h 26 min

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama 32
  2. Take a taxi from Kataragama to Yala National Park

$72 - $88

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Train, taxi  •  11 h 24 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Haputale Express Train
  2. Take a taxi from Haputale to Yala National Park

$76 - $99

Taxi  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Yala National Park 230.9 miles

$130 - $170

Drive  •  6 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Yala National Park 230.9 miles

$27 - $45

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, taxi  •  5 h 57 min

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

$121 - $324

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, taxi  •  5 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Yala National Park

$116 - $264

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa, taxi  •  4 h 17 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Batticaloa (BTC) DWO - BTC
  2. Take a taxi from Batticaloa to Yala National Park

$91 - $294

Fly Colombo to Hambantota, taxi  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Hambantota (HRI) CMB - HRI
  2. Take a taxi from Hambantota to Yala National Park

$316 - $851

Train to Katugastota, fly to Hambantota, taxi  •  9 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Palle Talavinna
  2. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Hambantota (HRI) KDZ - HRI
  3. Take a taxi from Hambantota to Yala National Park

$306 - $852

Bus, taxi to Hatton, fly to Weerawila, taxi  •  8 h 47 min

  1. Take the bus from Maharagama to Avissawella
  2. Take a taxi from Avissawella to Hatton
  3. Fly from Hatton (NUF) to Weerawila (WRZ) NUF - WRZ
  4. Take a taxi from Weerawila to Yala National Park

$356 - $532

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to drive which costs Rs. 4600 - Rs. 7000 and takes 6 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 15000 - Rs. 49000 and takes 4 h 17 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Yala National Park is 207 km. The road distance is 369.5 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 11 h 26 min and costs Rs. 11000 - Rs. 15000.

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It takes approximately 11 h 26 min 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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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Yala National Park is 370 km. It takes approximately 6 h 24 min to drive from Colombo to Yala National Park.

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

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There are one+ hotels available in Yala National Park. Prices start at $100 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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Map of how to get from Colombo to Yala National Park.
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  • Distance: 129.7 miles
  • Duration: 11 h 26 min

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

There is no direct connection from Colombo to Yala National Park. However, you can take the bus to Kataragama then take the taxi to Yala National Park. Alternatively, you can take the train to Haputale then take the taxi to Yala National Park.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $370
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Hatton to Weerawila
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $400
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Haputale
Ave. Duration
7 h 41 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Train from Colombo Fort to Palle Talavinna
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
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 Kataragama
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$6
Bus from Maharagama to Avissawella
Ave. Duration
1 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1
Super Lux
$2
Other operators
Taxi from Kataragama to Yala National Park
Ave. Duration
3 h 26 min
Estimated price
$70 - $85

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