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There are 4 ways to get from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama by bus, taxi, car or plane

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Bus  •  16 h 57 min

  1. Take the bus from Bandarawela to Pettah CTB 99 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kataragama 32

$2 - $7

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Taxi  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama 95.1 miles

$55 - $70

Drive  •  2 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama 95.1 miles

$11 - $17

Taxi, fly  •  2 h 56 min

  1. Take a taxi from Nuwara Eliya to Katugastota
  2. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Hambantota (HRI) KDZ - HRI

$270 - $810

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The cheapest way to get from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama is to bus which costs Rs. 420 - Rs. 1200 and takes 16 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama is to taxi which costs Rs. 9500 - Rs. 12000 and takes 2 h 31 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama. However, there are services departing from Nuwara Eliya and arriving at Kataragama via Bandarawela and Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16 h 57 min.

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The distance between Nuwara Eliya and Kataragama is 87 km. The road distance is 152.1 km.

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The best way to get from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama without a car is to bus which takes 16 h 57 min and costs Rs. 420 - Rs. 1200.

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It takes approximately 16 h 57 min to get from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama, including transfers.

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Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Bandarawela station.

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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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Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Kataragama station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama is 152 km. It takes approximately 2 h 31 min to drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama.

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  • Distance: 54.3 miles
  • Duration: 16 h 57 min

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

You can take a bus from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama via Bandarawela, Pettah CTB, and Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal in around 16 h 57 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
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Bandarawela to Pettah CTB
Ave. Duration
6 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $4
Super Lux
$5
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
Other operators
Taxi from Nuwara Eliya to Kataragama
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Estimated price
$55 - $70

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

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There are 458+ hotels available in Kataragama. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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