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There are 7 ways to get from Colombo to Yala National Park by bus, train, 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.

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Bus  •  8 h 30 min

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama 32

$1 - $3

6 alternative options

Train, travel  •  10 h 33 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kital Elle Express Train
  2. Travel from Kital Elle to Yala National Park

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, travel  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF
  2. Travel from Hatton to Yala National Park

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, travel  •  3 h 21 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Travel from Katugastota to Yala National Park

Fly Colombo to Hambantota, travel  •  3 h 49 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Hambantota (HRI) CMB - HRI
  2. Travel from Hambantota to Yala National Park

Train to Katugastota, fly to Hambantota, travel  •  6 h 26 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Palle Talavinna
  2. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Hambantota (HRI) KDZ - HRI
  3. Travel from Hambantota to Yala National Park

Bus, taxi to Hatton, fly to Hambantota, travel  •  5 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Avissawella
  2. Take a taxi from Avissawella to Hatton
  3. Fly from Hatton (NUF) to Hambantota (HRI) NUF - HRI
  4. Travel from Hambantota to Yala National Park

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to bus which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 550 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park is to bus which costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 550 and takes 8 h 30 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Yala National Park is 193 km.

The best way to get from Colombo to Yala National Park without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 30 min and costs Rs. 250 - Rs. 550.

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It takes approximately 8 h 30 min to get from Colombo to Yala National Park, 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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Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines offer flights from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Hatton 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 Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs Rs. 550 - Rs. 700.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Yala National Park.
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  • Distance: 120.5 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 30 min

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

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Yala National Park every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 8 h.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,500
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Hatton to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$350 - $550
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Katugastota to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$35 - $370
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Kital Elle
Ave. Duration
9 h 13 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Train from Colombo Fort to Palle Talavinna
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 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
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
Bus from Pettah CTB to Avissawella
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1
Super Lux
$2
Other operators
Taxi from Avissawella to Hatton
Ave. Duration
1 h 22 min
Estimated price
$24 - $29

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