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There are 3 ways to get from Kandy to Yala National Park by train, bus or plane

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Recommended option

Train, bus via Maharagama  •  10 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Maharagama Rail Bus
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama 32

$3 - $6

Cheapest option

Train, bus  •  11 h 34 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama 32

$2 - $5

1 alternative option

Fly, travel  •  1 h 40 min

  1. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Hambantota (HRI) KDZ - HRI
  2. Travel from Hambantota to Yala National Park

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The cheapest way to get from Kandy to Yala National Park is to train and bus which costs Rs. 280 - Rs. 900 and takes 11 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kandy to Yala National Park is to train and bus which costs Rs. 470 - Rs. 1100 and takes 10 h 15 min.

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The distance between Kandy and Yala National Park is 133 km.

The best way to get from Kandy to Yala National Park without a car is to train and bus which takes 10 h 15 min and costs Rs. 470 - Rs. 1100.

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It takes approximately 10 h 15 min to get from Kandy to Yala National Park, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Katugastota Airport to Hambantota Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines offer flights from Katugastota Airport to Hambantota Airport.

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There are 12+ hotels available in Yala National Park. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Kandy to Katugastota Airport is to taxi which takes 7 min and costs Rs. 1100 - Rs. 1400.

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Map of how to get from Kandy to Yala National Park.
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  • Distance: 82.8 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 15 min

What companies run services between Kandy, Sri Lanka and Yala National Park, Sri Lanka?

There is no direct connection from Kandy to Yala National Park. However, you can take the train to Maharagama, take the line 99 bus to Pettah CTB, take the walk to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal, take the bus to Kataragama, then take the travel to Yala National Park. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Kandy to Yala National Park via Colombo Fort, Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal, and Kataragama in around 11 h 34 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $370
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Kandy to Maharagama
Ave. Duration
41 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Kandy to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
2 h 37 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$6

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