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There are 5 ways to get from Ella to Colombo by bus, train, taxi, car or plane

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Bus  •  6 h 52 min

  1. Take the bus from Bandarawela to Pettah CTB 99 / ...

$10 - $13

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Train  •  9 h 34 min

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

$1 - $5

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Take a taxi from Ella to Colombo 128.7 miles

$75 - $95

Drive  •  3 h 20 min

  1. Drive from Ella to Colombo 128.7 miles

$15 - $23

Taxi, fly  •  3 h 7 min

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

$83 - $329

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ella to Colombo is to train which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 850 and takes 9 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ella to Colombo is to taxi and fly which costs Rs. 14000 - Rs. 60000 and takes 3 h 7 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Elle and arriving at Colombo Fort. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 9 h 34 min.

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The distance between Ella and Colombo is 132 km. The road distance is 205.9 km.

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The best way to get from Ella to Colombo without a car is to bus which takes 6 h 52 min and costs Rs. 1600 - Rs. 2300.

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It takes approximately 6 h 52 min to get from Ella to Colombo, including transfers.

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Ella to Colombo train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Elle station.

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The best way to get from Ella to Colombo is to bus which takes 6 h 52 min and costs Rs. 1600 - Rs. 2300. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 850 and takes 9 h 34 min.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Ella to Colombo.
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  • Distance: 82.8 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 52 min

What companies run services between Ella, Uva, Sri Lanka and Colombo, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Ella to Colombo hourly. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 6 h 40 min. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Ella to Colombo 3 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 9 h 34 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
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 Elle to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
9 h 34 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
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Bandarawela to Pettah CTB
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $4
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Ella to Colombo
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Estimated price
$75 - $95

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Yes, the driving distance between Ella to Colombo is 206 km. It takes approximately 3 h 20 min to drive from Ella to Colombo.

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

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