There are 7 ways to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa by train, bus, car, plane or taxi

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  •  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

6 alternative options

Bus  •  11 h 18 min

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

$23 - $29

Drive  •  4 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Galle to Polonnaruwa 202.2 miles

$24 - $40

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, taxi  •  5 h 50 min

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

$248 - $585

Train to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Batticaloa, taxi  •  5 h 30 min

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

$67 - $267

Fly Koggala to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  8 h 24 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) KCT - DWO
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa

$37 - $226

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
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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
Flights from Koggala to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $200
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
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
$5 - $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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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Galle to Polonnaruwa?

The distance between Galle and Polonnaruwa is 229 km. The road distance is 324 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa?

The cheapest way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa is to train which costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2400 and takes 9 h 17 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa?

The quickest way to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa is to drive which takes 4 h 47 min and costs Rs. 3800 - Rs. 5500.

How long does it take to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa?

It takes approximately 9 h 17 min to get from Galle to Polonnaruwa, including transfers.