Colombo to Anuradhapura

Colombo to Anuradhapura

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From Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura by Trains

Colombo Fort
#4021 1st Class Seat

From Galleface to Anuradhapura by Buses

Galleface, Colombo
Tourist bus

From Wellawatte to Anuradhapura by Buses

Wellawatte, Colombo
Tourist bus

From Colombo to Anuradhapura by Taxis

Van 8pax

Colombo to Anuradhapura Schedule

Colombo to Anuradhapura Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any time$ 123.81
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:45 - 08:35$ 23.57
Avro Travels Tourist bus 22:20 - 01:05$ 12.92

Transportation from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Colombo to Anuradhapura destination reviews

taxi Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours, Jan 1, 2020
Safe driving and on time.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 18, 2019
Great service! Thank you...
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 16, 2019
Everything run smooth
4 customer reviews

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura

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

  • Bus
  • Train
  • 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 Taxi 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 USD 150.68. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as USD 12.92.

How far is Colombo from Anuradhapura?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo to Anuradhapura. Your trip will be a total of 129 miles (206 km). The flying distance is 107 miles (171 km).

How long does it take to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura?

The travel time from Colombo to Anuradhapura can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 5 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura?

The cost of the trip from Colombo to Anuradhapura varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Avro Travels (Avro Travels): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as USD 12.92 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 USD 150.68.

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

  • Bus tickets - USD 12.92 to USD 12.92;
  • Train tickets - USD 23.57 to USD 23.57;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 123.81 to USD 150.68.

How many trips per day are there between Colombo and Anuradhapura?

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 22:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:20. There are 2 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

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

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Colombo to Anuradhapura 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.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura. 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 USD 123.81.

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


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Colombo to Anuradhapura

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo to Anuradhapura? 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:

  • 72% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 27% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.