There are 5 ways to get from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya by 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.

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Train, taxi  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Polgahawela A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya

$47 - $61

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Train  •  10 h 56 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Polgahawela A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take the train from Polgahawela to Nanuoya Express Train

$10 - $19

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Take a taxi from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya 249.1 miles

$140 - $180

Drive  •  6 h 55 min

  1. Drive from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya 249.1 miles

$30 - $45

Train, fly  •  8 h 38 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Maradana
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF

$43 - $226

Questions & Answers

The distance between Jaffna and Nuwara Eliya is 312 km. The road distance is 398.5 km.

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The best way to get from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya without a car is to train and taxi which takes 6 h 59 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 59 min to get from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya, including transfers.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya is 398 km. It takes approximately 6 h 55 min to drive from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya.

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

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There are 736+ hotels available in Nuwara Eliya. Prices start at $20 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya.
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  • Distance: 194.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 59 min

What companies run services between Jaffna, Sri Lanka and Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya via Polgahawela and Nanuoya in around 10 h 56 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Jaffna to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 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
Train from Polgahawela to Nanuoya
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Jaffna to Maradana
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $8
Other operators
Taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Estimated price
$45 - $55

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