There are 5 ways to get from Thalpe to Ella by bus, train, taxi, car or plane

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Bus  •  5 h

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Wellawaya 35-3 / ...

$34 - $43

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Train  •  13 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Thalpe to Colombo Fort Colombo Commuter / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Elle Express Train

$2 - $7

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Taxi  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Take a taxi from Thalpe to Ella 130.9 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  3 h 28 min

  1. Drive from Thalpe to Ella 130.9 miles

$15 - $23

Fly, taxi  •  3 h 3 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Ella

$238 - $423

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Thalpe to Ella. However, there are services departing from Thalpe and arriving at Elle via Colombo Fort. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 13 h 19 min.

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The distance between Thalpe and Ella is 129 km. The road distance is 209.4 km.

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The best way to get from Thalpe to Ella without a car is to bus which takes 5 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h to get from Thalpe to Ella, including transfers.

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Thalpe to Ella train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Thalpe station.

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The best way to get from Thalpe to Ella is to bus which takes 5 h and costs . Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 13 h 19 min.

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

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Thalpe to Ella train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Elle station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Thalpe to Ella is 209 km. It takes approximately 3 h 28 min to drive from Thalpe to Ella.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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Map of how to get from Thalpe to Ella.
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  • Distance: 80.7 miles
  • Duration: 5 h

What companies run services between Thalpe, Sri Lanka and Ella, Uva, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Thalpe to Ella every 30 minutes. Tickets cost $1 - $2 and the journey takes 3 h 55 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Thalpe to Ella via Colombo Fort in around 13 h 19 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $350
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Thalpe to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Colombo Fort to Elle
Ave. Duration
9 h 19 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
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Wellawaya
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Thalpe to Ella
Ave. Duration
3 h 28 min
Estimated price
$95 - $120
Red Cab
Phone
+94 917221000
Website
redcabgalle.com

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There are 828+ hotels available in Ella. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Thalpe to Koggala Airport is to taxi which takes 5 min and costs .

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