There are 6 ways to get from Dambulla to Colombo by train, taxi, bus, car 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

Train  •  5 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Aukana to Colombo Fort Express Train

$20 - $26

5 alternative options

Taxi, bus  •  5 h 56 min

  1. Take a taxi from Dambulla to Palavi
  2. Take the bus from Palavi to Pettah CTB 4-7 / ...

$55 - $66

Taxi  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Take a taxi from Dambulla to Colombo 93.9 miles

$60 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 30 min

  1. Drive from Dambulla to Colombo 93.9 miles

$11 - $17

Fly Sigiriya to Colombo  •  2 h 4 min

  1. Fly from Sigiriya (GIU) to Colombo (CMB) GIU - CMB

$232 - $564

Taxi to Katugastota, fly to Diyawanna Oya  •  1 h 52 min

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

$59 - $301

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The cheapest way to get from Dambulla to Colombo is to drive which costs Rs. 1800 - Rs. 2700 and takes 2 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Dambulla to Colombo is to taxi and fly which costs Rs. 9500 - Rs. 49000 and takes 1 h 52 min.

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The distance between Dambulla and Colombo is 136 km. The road distance is 150.2 km.

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It takes approximately 5 h 23 min to get from Dambulla to Colombo, including transfers.

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The nearest airport to Colombo is Diyawanna Oya (DWO) Airport which is 7.4 km away. Other nearby airports include Colombo (CMB) (27.3 km), Hatton (NUF) (80.9 km), Katugastota (KDZ) (98.2 km) and Sigiriya (GIU) (148.3 km).

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Map of how to get from Dambulla to Colombo.
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  • Distance: 85 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 23 min

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Dambulla to Colombo once daily. Tickets cost $1 - $4 and the journey takes 4 h 41 min. Alternatively, Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines fly from Dambulla to Colombo twice daily.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Sigiriya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Sigiriya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $550
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Aukana to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
4 h 41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $4
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Palavi to Pettah CTB
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Dambulla to Palavi
Ave. Duration
2 h 21 min
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Sri Derana
Phone
+94 81 4 915915
Website
sriderana.com

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