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There are 8 ways to get from New York to Colombo by plane, bus or train

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Fly Newark to Colombo  •  21h 40m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Colombo (CMB) EWR - CMB

Rs. 116417 - Rs. 348099

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Train to Boston, fly to Colombo  •  24h 37m

  1. Take the train from New York Penn Station to Boston South Station
  2. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Colombo (CMB) BOS - CMB

Rs. 96019 - Rs. 199675

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Fly New York JFK to Colombo  •  21h 57m

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Colombo (CMB) JFK - CMB

Rs. 114812 - Rs. 146112

Fly New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya  •  26h 57m

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) JFK - DWO

Rs. 97912 - Rs. 183912

Fly New York La Guardia to Colombo  •  24h 25m

  1. Fly from New York La Guardia (LGA) to Colombo (CMB) LGA - CMB

Rs. 114412 - Rs. 325912

Fly New York JFK to Sigiriya, bus  •  31h 26m

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Sigiriya (GIU) JFK - GIU
  2. Take the bus from Dambulla to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal

Rs. 97482 - Rs. 183342

Fly Newark to Diyawanna Oya  •  27h 16m

  1. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) EWR - DWO

Rs. 104517 - Rs. 315899

Fly New York JFK to Hambantota, bus  •  31h 13m

  1. Fly from New York JFK (JFK) to Hambantota (HRI) JFK - HRI
  2. Take the bus from Tangalle to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal

Rs. 104442 - Rs. 125722

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from New York to Colombo is to fly and bus which costs $550 - $700 and takes 31h 13m.

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The quickest way to get from New York to Colombo is to fly which costs $600 - $1,900 and takes 21h 40m.

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The distance between New York and Colombo is 14079 km.

It takes approximately 21h 40m to get from New York to Colombo, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Newark Airport to Colombo Airport. The quickest flight takes 18h 50m and has one stopover.

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Colombo is 9h 30m ahead of New York. It is currently 7:52 AM in New York and 5:22 PM in Colombo.

Swiss, Edelweiss Air, United Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Newark Airport to Colombo Airport.

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There are 903+ hotels available in Colombo. Prices start at Rs. 17500 per night.

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  • Distance: 14078.8 km
  • Duration: 21h 40m

What companies run services between New York, NY, USA and Colombo, Sri Lanka?

Emirates, LOT and five other airlines fly from New York to Colombo every 3 hours.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Doha
Ave. Duration
19h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 120000 - Rs. 450000
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Abu Dhabi
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 200000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Abu Dhabi, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 95000 - Rs. 180000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Doha, Colombo
Ave. Duration
27h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 410000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Moscow Sheremetyevo, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 50m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 250000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Milan Malpensa, Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Zurich, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
Rs. 190000 - Rs. 370000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Abu Dhabi, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 95000 - Rs. 180000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Doha, Colombo
Ave. Duration
28h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 410000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Moscow Sheremetyevo, Colombo
Ave. Duration
24h 5m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 250000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Mumbai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
27h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 150000 - Rs. 1000000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Milan Malpensa, Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 310000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
24h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Athens, Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
24h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 310000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Zurich, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 50m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
Rs. 190000 - Rs. 370000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Delhi, Colombo
Ave. Duration
27h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 140000 - Rs. 320000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Mumbai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
28h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 140000 - Rs. 320000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Munich, Bengaluru, Colombo
Ave. Duration
28h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 480000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Munich, Mumbai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
28h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 480000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Abu Dhabi, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 95000 - Rs. 180000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Doha, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 410000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Kuwait, Colombo
Ave. Duration
27h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 120000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Mumbai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 150000 - Rs. 1000000
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Moscow Sheremetyevo, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 50m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 250000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Milan Malpensa, Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Diyawanna Oya via Zurich, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h 45m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
Rs. 190000 - Rs. 370000
Flights from New York JFK to Sigiriya via Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
26h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
24h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Athens, Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
24h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 310000
Flights from Newark to Diyawanna Oya via Zurich, Colombo
Ave. Duration
25h 50m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
Rs. 190000 - Rs. 370000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Warsaw Chopin, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 130000 - Rs. 230000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Dubai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
23h 15m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 300000
Flights from New York JFK to Hambantota via Kuwait, Colombo
Ave. Duration
27h 25m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 120000
Emirates
Website
emirates.com
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Dubai
Ave. Duration
18h 50m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 340000
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Dubai, Male
Ave. Duration
21h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 120000 - Rs. 350000
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Athens, Dubai
Ave. Duration
23h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 340000
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Dubai
Ave. Duration
20h 7m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 340000
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Dubai, Male
Ave. Duration
21h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 120000 - Rs. 350000
Flights from New York La Guardia to Colombo via Boston, Dubai
Ave. Duration
24h 7m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 320000
Flights from Boston to Colombo via Dubai
Ave. Duration
20h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 95000 - Rs. 280000
Qatar Airways
Website
qatarairways.com
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Doha
Ave. Duration
19h
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 120000 - Rs. 450000
Flights from New York La Guardia to Colombo via Boston, Doha
Ave. Duration
21h 27m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 430000
Flights from New York La Guardia to Colombo via Montreal, Doha
Ave. Duration
22h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 430000
Flights from Boston to Colombo via Doha
Ave. Duration
18h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 370000
British Airways
Website
britishairways.com
Flights from Boston to Colombo via London Heathrow, Doha
Ave. Duration
21h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 95000 - Rs. 330000
LOT
Website
lot.com
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
19h 55m
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
Rs. 140000 - Rs. 260000
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Warsaw Chopin
Ave. Duration
20h 45m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
Rs. 140000 - Rs. 260000
Swiss
Website
swiss.com
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
23h 55m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
Rs. 210000 - Rs. 410000
Flights from Boston to Colombo via Zurich
Ave. Duration
24h 5m
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
Rs. 170000 - Rs. 340000
Air India Limited
Website
airindia.in
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Mumbai
Ave. Duration
27h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 150000 - Rs. 420000
Flights from Newark to Colombo via Delhi
Ave. Duration
18h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 150000 - Rs. 360000
Etihad
Website
etihad.com
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Abu Dhabi
Ave. Duration
19h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 100000 - Rs. 200000
Flights from Boston to Colombo via Dublin, Abu Dhabi
Ave. Duration
20h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 85000 - Rs. 170000
Kuwait Airways
Website
kuwaitairways.com
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Kuwait
Ave. Duration
21h 20m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 140000
Aeroflot Russian Airlines
Website
aeroflot.ru
Flights from New York JFK to Colombo via Moscow Sheremetyevo
Ave. Duration
21h 45m
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
Rs. 110000 - Rs. 280000
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Boston South Station
Ave. Duration
3h 53m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 7000 - Rs. 11000
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
Rs. 7000 - Rs. 11000
Premium
Rs. 39000 - Rs. 55000
Flexi Coach Seat
Rs. 12000 - Rs. 19000
Business Seat
Rs. 12000 - Rs. 18000
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from New York Penn Station to Boston South Station
Ave. Duration
5h 18m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 11000 - Rs. 24000
Website
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
Rs. 11000 - Rs. 24000
Business Class Seat
Rs. 18000 - Rs. 33000
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Dambulla to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4h
Frequency
Every 15 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 170 - Rs. 230
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 170 - Rs. 230
Semi Lux
Rs. 250 - Rs. 300
AirCon
Rs. 340 - Rs. 390
Super Lux
Rs. 580
Bus from Tangalle to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 16m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 230 - Rs. 310
Schedules at
busbooking.lk
Standard
Rs. 230 - Rs. 310
Semi Lux
Rs. 370 - Rs. 450
AirCon
Rs. 500 - Rs. 600
Super Lux
Rs. 837

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