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From Colombo Airport to Dambulla by bus

08:00
Colombo Airport
12:00
Dambulla Tropical Village
4h
Instant 

From Colombo Airport to Sigiriya by bus

08:00
Colombo Airport
13:30
Sigiriya
5h 30m
Instant 

From Bandaranaike Airport to Dambulla by taxi

Any
Bandaranaike Airport, Colombo Airport
Time
Dambulla
4h 30m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Bandaranaike Airport, Colombo Airport
Time
Dambulla
4h 10m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Colombo Airport to Dambulla Schedule

Colombo Airport to Dambulla Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 – 04:30LKR 14,950
Browns Tours Local 08:00 – 12:00LKR 4,350

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo Airport to Dambulla

When you want to get from Colombo Airport to Dambulla, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Bus
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Bus. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 17,932. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LKR 3,623.

How far is Colombo Airport from Dambulla?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo Airport to Dambulla. Your trip will be a total of 81 miles (129 km). The flying distance is 72 miles (115 km).

How long does it take to get from Colombo Airport to Dambulla?

The travel time from Colombo Airport to Dambulla can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 6 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo Airport to Dambulla?

The cost of the trip from Colombo Airport to Dambulla varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Browns Tours: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as LKR 3,623 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as LKR 17,932.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Colombo Airport to Dambulla:

  • Bus tickets - LKR 3,623 to LKR 3,623;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 14,943 to LKR 17,932.

How many trips per day are there between Colombo Airport and Dambulla?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Buses start plying the route from 08:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 08:00. There are 2 available bus trips every day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Colombo Airport to Dambulla any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Colombo Airport to Dambulla is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo Airport to Dambulla. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as LKR 14,943.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

The most popular transport from Colombo Airport to Dambulla

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo Airport to Dambulla? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 667 decided to catch a taxi.
  • 333 decided to go for a bus.