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

Bus  •  6 h 52 min

  1. 99 / ...

$10 - $14

Cheapest option

Train  •  9 h 34 min

  1. Express Train

$1 - $6

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  3 h 20 min

  1. 128.7 miles

$80 - $100

Drive  •  3 h 20 min

  1. 128.7 miles

$15 - $23

Taxi, fly  •  3 h 7 min

  1. KDZ - DWO

$88 - $336

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 - $6 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 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
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
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Ella to Colombo
Ave. Duration
3 h 20 min
Estimated price
$80 - $100

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Ella and Colombo is 132 km. The road distance is 206 km.

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

The quickest way to get from Ella to Colombo is to taxi and fly which takes 3 h 7 min and costs Rs. 13000 - Rs. 55000.

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.

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