Colombo to Anuradhapura

Colombo to Anuradhapura

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From Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura by train

Train #4021 by Sri Lanka Railways
05:45 Colombo Fort
Requires bookings in advance (20 days)

From Galleface to Anuradhapura by Bus

Instant Refundable Cheapest Fastest
22:20
Galleface, Colombo
2h 45m bus ride in Tourist bus
01:05
+1
Anuradhapura
LKR 2,350 per adult

From Wellawatte to Anuradhapura by Bus

Instant Refundable Cheapest
22:00
Wellawatte, Colombo
3h 5m bus ride in Tourist bus
01:05
+1
Anuradhapura
LKR 2,350 per adult

From Colombo to Anuradhapura by Taxi

Refundable
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Colombo
4h 30m taxi ride in Van 8pax
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Anuradhapura
LKR 24,728 vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Anuradhapura Schedule

Colombo to Anuradhapura Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 8pax Any timeLKR 24,729
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:45 - 08:35LKR 4,372
Avro Travels Tourist bus 22:20 - 01:05LKR 2,350

Transportation from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Colombo to Anuradhapura destination reviews

KN
taxi Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours, Jan 1, 2020
Safe driving and on time.
TI
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 18, 2019
Great service! Thank you...
VT
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 16, 2019
Everything run smooth
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How to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura

Travelling between Colombo and Anuradhapura is possible by Bus, train and taxi. Bus guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Taxi is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 24,729 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere LKR 2,350.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 5 hours to travel between Colombo and Anuradhapura depending on the means of transport you choose.

Bus is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Anuradhapura. Bus will bring you to your destination in 2h 45m. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 4h 30m to reach Anuradhapura.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Anuradhapura can be as cheap as LKR 2,350 if you opt for a Avro Travels bus and as expensive as LKR 24,729 if you buy a Stef Lanka Tours taxi ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

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

  • 2 from Colombo to Anuradhapura starting from 22:00 Wellawatte until 22:20 Galleface
  • 1 from Colombo to Anuradhapura starting from 05:45 Colombo Fort until 05:45 Colombo Fort

1 from Colombo to Anuradhapura starting from 00:00 Colombo until 00:00 Colombo

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Colombo to Anuradhapura.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?

Bus

Travelling from Colombo to Anuradhapura overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Colombo and Anuradhapura

Avro Travels

Taxi

Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Colombo and Anuradhapura

Stef Lanka Tours

Train

Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with Bus remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 58% opted for a bus
  • 38% took a train
  • 4% bought a taxi ride