There are 4 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.

Recommended option

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 - $66

Cheapest option

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

$11 - $19

2 alternative options

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

$45 - $230

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya is to train which costs Rs. 1700 - Rs. 3100 and takes 10 h 56 min.

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The quickest way to get from Jaffna to Nuwara Eliya is to drive which costs Rs. 4800 - Rs. 7000 and takes 6 h 55 min.

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

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

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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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $7
Train from Polgahawela to Nanuoya
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
Frequency
3 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
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$6 - $8
Other operators
Taxi from Polgahawela to Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
1 h 57 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60

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