There are 4 ways to get from Ratnapura to Kandy by bus, taxi, car or plane

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Bus, taxi  •  3 h

  1. Take the bus from Ratnapura to Avissawella 99 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Avissawella to Kandy

$35 - $51

Cheapest option

Bus, fly  •  4 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Ratnapura to Maharagama
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ

$24 - $154

2 alternative options

Taxi  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Take a taxi from Ratnapura to Kandy 87 miles

$50 - $65

Drive  •  2 h 24 min

  1. Drive from Ratnapura to Kandy 87 miles

$10 - $16

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The cheapest way to get from Ratnapura to Kandy is to drive which costs Rs. 1700 - Rs. 2600 and takes 2 h 24 min.

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The quickest way to get from Ratnapura to Kandy is to taxi which costs Rs. 9000 - Rs. 11000 and takes 2 h 24 min.

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The distance between Ratnapura and Kandy is 73 km. The road distance is 139.1 km.

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The best way to get from Ratnapura to Kandy without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 3 h and costs Rs. 5500 - Rs. 8500.

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It takes approximately 3 h to get from Ratnapura to Kandy, including transfers.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Ratnapura to Kandy is 139 km. It takes approximately 2 h 24 min to drive from Ratnapura to Kandy.

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

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There are 1455+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at $18 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Ratnapura to Kandy.
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  • Distance: 45.6 miles
  • Duration: 3 h

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

There is no direct connection from Ratnapura to Kandy. However, you can take the bus to Avissawella then take the taxi to Kandy. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Kandy.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Ratnapura to Avissawella
Ave. Duration
1 h 21 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1
Super Lux
$2
Bus from Ratnapura to Maharagama
Ave. Duration
2 h 34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Avissawella to Kandy
Ave. Duration
1 h 39 min
Estimated price
$35 - $50

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