Wondering how to get from Colombo airport to Dambulla? Most of the travelers arriving to or departing from Sri Lanka do so through Bandaranaike International Airport located around 35 minutes’ drive from the city of Colombo.
It is the largest and busiest airport on the island serving more than 65 thousand flights every year.
Dambulla is a town in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, located in the center of the region often called the Cultural Triangle, at which farthermost points are located three historic capitals, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy.
But, Dambulla is also a historic place and more than worth visiting in its own right.
The town is best known for the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved ancient Buddhist cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka which is an active place of worship since the 1st century BC.
This cave temple is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers five caves which are decorated with numerous Buddhist religious statues and more than 2,100 square meters of religious wall paintings from various historic eras.
Near the temple is the location of the Ibbankatuwa Megalithic tombs, one of the protected archeological sites in Sri Lanka, which are dated to the period between the 8th and 5th centuries BC.
Just 30 minutes’ drive from Dambulla is location of the ancient city of Sigiriya.
This ancient city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and a popular tourist location for its main attraction, the 5th century AD citadel built on the summit of a 200 meters high natural rock formation.
Near Sigiriya is another very popular place among the visitors, the Minneriya National Park located near the historic water reservoir, Minneriya Wewa, constructed in the 3rd century AD.
Private Taxi from Colombo Airport to Dambulla
Traveling from Bandaranaike International Airport, also often called the Colombo Airport, is quickest, safest, and most comfortable by a private taxi.
Using a private taxi means traveling in a true door to door fashion, without any changes of vehicles or unnecessary stops along the way.
This distance you will travel in around two and a half hours, which is just a fraction of the time required for other means. And arriving quickly to your destination means arriving rested and ready to explore this magnificent city.
And T2 Travels Sri Lanka can provide you with the top private taxi services in Sri Lanka. When you arrive at Colombo Airport your driver will be waiting to meet and greet, and escort you to your awaiting vehicle.
You can rest assured that your driver is a professional who will drive you in the safest and most comfortable way to your destination in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Another, often overlooked, advantage of traveling by a private taxi is the luggage space.
Public transportation around the world is always done by vehicles designed for transporting large groups of people, but with little or no room for luggage.
While private taxis are private vehicles with enough room for all your bags or suitcases. And if you are traveling with family, T2 Travels will provide you with needed number of the baby or booster seats for your little ones.
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Transfers from Colombo Airport to Dambulla By Train
Traveling from Colombo Airport to Dambulla by train can present a bit of a challenge due to the lack of a direct line. Thus it is possible to travel this distance by train only partway.
The nearest train station to Colombo Airport is located in the city of Colombo, and to reach it you will need to use a bus.
A most convenient way to do so is by boarding a line 256 bus at the 18th Mile Post bus stop, located around 900 meters north from the arrival terminal.
Line 256 buses pass through every 10 to 15 minutes on average. Taking this bus will get you to the Colombo Central Bus Stand station, which located some 700 meters from Colombo Fort train station.
From Fort station, there are three daily departures you can use, at 0605, 1505, and 2130. These trains will take you to the town of Habarana.
Just outside the train station in Habarana is the location of the bus station where you can board a line 49 bus that passes through on average every 40 minutes, and which will take you to the city of Dambulla.
- Train duration: around 8 hours 30 minutes.
- Train cost: from €5.00.
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Transfer from Colombo Airport to Dambulla By Bus
Traveling from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Dambulla by bus is somewhat similar to traveling by train.
Because there is no direct line, you first need to travel to the center of Colombo. And this is easiest done in the same manner as when traveling by train, by taking a line 256 from the 18th Mile Post bus stop.
Once you arrive at the Colombo Central Bus Stand you will be some 500 meters from Colombo Fort bus station, which is adjacent to the train station.
From this bus station, every 15 to 35 minutes depart buses on lines 48 and 49, which pass through the city of Dambulla.
- Bus duration: around 6 hours and 30 minutes.
- Bus cost: from €2.50.