There are 6 ways to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa by plane, taxi, train, bus or car

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

Fly Koggala to Katugastota, taxi  •  3 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Polonnaruwa

$243 - $429

Cheapest option

Train  •  9 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Galle to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa Express Train

$8 - $15

4 alternative options

Train to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  5 h 51 min

  1. Take the train from Galle to Colombo Fort
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  3. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Polonnaruwa

$72 - $217

Train to Colombo, fly to Sigiriya  •  5 h 50 min

  1. Take the train from Galle to Colombo Fort
  2. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU

$248 - $584

Bus  •  11 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Galle Bus Station to Dehiattakandiya 35-1

$23 - $28

Drive  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Galle to Polonnaruwa 202.2 miles

$24 - $40

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa is to train which costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2500 and takes 9 h 17 min.

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The quickest way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 38000 - Rs. 70000 and takes 3 h 8 min.

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The distance between Galle and Polonnaruwa is 229 km. The road distance is 323.5 km.

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It takes approximately 3 h 8 min to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa is to train which takes 9 h 17 min and costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 3700 - Rs. 4500 and takes 11 h 18 min.

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Map of how to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa.
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  • Distance: 142.9 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 8 min

What companies run services between Galle, Sri Lanka and Polonnaruwa, North Central, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Galle to Polonnaruwa via Colombo Fort and Polonnaruwa in around 9 h 17 min. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Galle to Polonnaruwa once daily. Tickets cost $2 - $3 and the journey takes 10 h 25 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $350
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Galle to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
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 Galle Bus Station to Dehiattakandiya
Ave. Duration
10 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$2 - $3
Semi Lux
$3 - $5
AirCon
$4 - $6
Super Lux
$9
Other operators
Taxi from Katugastota to Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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