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From Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura by Trains

From Galleface to Anuradhapura by Buses

From Wellawatte to Anuradhapura by Buses

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo to Anuradhapura

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 4,210 if you go by train; 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 4 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. Train does a much slower job and take about 3h 25m 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 (Avro Travels) bus and as expensive as LKR 4,210 if you buy a Sri Lanka Railways train 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 20:00 Wellawatte until 20:20 Galleface
  • 1 from Colombo to Anuradhapura starting from 05:45 Colombo Fort until 05:45 Colombo Fort

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?


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 (Avro Travels)


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 train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 667 took a train
  • 333 opted for a bus