There are 6 ways to get from Puttalam to Kandy by bus, train, taxi, car or plane

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Bus  •  6h 40m

  1. Take the bus from Puttalam to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal Anuradhapura
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kandy Good Shed Bus Station Colombo

Rs. 298 - Rs. 395

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Train  •  6h 48m

  1. Take the train from Puttalam to Ragama Puttalam
  2. Take the train from Ragama to Kandy Colombo

Rs. 330 - Rs. 850

Train, bus  •  7h 30m

  1. Take the train from Puttalam to Katunayake Puttalam
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kandy Good Shed Bus Station Colombo

Rs. 323 - Rs. 732

Taxi  •  2h 16m

  1. Take a taxi from Puttalam to Kandy 130.1 km

Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000

Drive  •  2h 16m

  1. Drive from Puttalam to Kandy 130.1 km

Rs. 1800 - Rs. 2700

Train, fly  •  6h 7m

  1. Take the train from Puttalam to Maradana
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Kandy (KDW) DWO - KDW

Rs. 31060 - Rs. 74262

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The cheapest way to get from Puttalam to Kandy is to bus which costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 400 and takes 6h 40m.

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The quickest way to get from Puttalam to Kandy is to taxi which costs Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000 and takes 2h 16m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Puttalam to Kandy station. However, there are services departing from Puttalam and arriving at Kandy Good Shed Bus Station via Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 40m.

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No, there is no direct train from Puttalam to Kandy. However, there are services departing from Puttalam and arriving at Kandy via Ragama. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6h 48m.

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The distance between Puttalam and Kandy is 121 km. The road distance is 130.1 km.

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The best way to get from Puttalam to Kandy without a car is to bus which takes 6h 40m and costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 400.

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It takes approximately 6h 40m to get from Puttalam to Kandy, including transfers.

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Puttalam to Kandy bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Puttalam station.

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Puttalam to Kandy train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Puttalam station.

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The best way to get from Puttalam to Kandy is to bus which takes 6h 40m and costs Rs. 290 - Rs. 400. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 330 - Rs. 850 and takes 6h 48m.

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Map of how to get from Puttalam to Kandy.
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  • Distance: 121.2 km
  • Duration: 6h 40m

What companies run services between Puttalam, Sri Lanka and Kandy, Sri Lanka?

You can take a bus from Puttalam to Kandy via Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal in around 6h 40m. Alternatively, you can take a train from Puttalam to Kandy via Ragama in around 6h 48m.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 31000 - Rs. 65000
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
Rs. 33000 - Rs. 70000
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Puttalam to Ragama
Ave. Duration
3h 36m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
Rs. 60 - Rs. 440
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 280 - Rs. 380
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 320 - Rs. 440
Train from Ragama to Kandy
Ave. Duration
2h 12m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 270 - Rs. 410
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 270 - Rs. 350
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 300 - Rs. 410
Train from Puttalam to Katunayake
Ave. Duration
2h 53m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
Rs. 50 - Rs. 420
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 270 - Rs. 360
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 300 - Rs. 420
Train from Puttalam to Maradana
Ave. Duration
3h 56m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
Rs. 60 - Rs. 470
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 300 - Rs. 400
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 340 - Rs. 470
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Puttalam to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 150 - Rs. 210
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 150 - Rs. 210
Semi Lux
Rs. 220 - Rs. 270
AirCon
Rs. 310 - Rs. 350
Super Lux
Rs. 523
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Kandy Good Shed Bus Station
Ave. Duration
3h 15m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 140 - Rs. 190
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 140 - Rs. 190
Semi Lux
Rs. 190 - Rs. 240
AirCon
Rs. 270 - Rs. 310
Super Lux
Rs. 465
Other operators
Taxi from Puttalam to Kandy
Ave. Duration
2h 16m
Estimated price
Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000
Cool Taxi
Phone
+94 77 44 40 255
Website
facebook.com

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Kandy Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Puttalam to Kandy bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Kandy Good Shed Bus Station.

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Puttalam to Kandy train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Kandy station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Puttalam to Kandy is 130 km. It takes approximately 2h 16m to drive from Puttalam to Kandy.

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SriLankan Airlines and Cinnamon Air offer flights from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Kandy Airport.

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There are 1076+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at Rs. 17500 per night.

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