Wondering how to get from Colombo airport to Unawatuna? Unawatuna, the town best known for its palm tree-lined beaches, shipwrecks and natural coral reefs. The town offers both ends of the beach experience, the hipster cafes with lively nightlife on the south side of town and secluded and serine Jungle beach on the west side.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka has on offer much more than those two experiences.
It is also one of the most popular scuba diving destinations and many shipwrecks in the bay provide excellent experience.
Just across the bay is the city of Galle and its 17th-century Dutch Fort, which attracts tourists around the year. Just 10-15 minutes drive away is the Koggala lake, very popular for the lake boat safaris.
All this makes Unawatuna one of the must-visit places in Sri Lanka.
Private Taxi from Colombo Airport to Unawatuna
Hundred and fifty-five kilometers, two hours or three and a half of driving, depending on whether you take the expressway around Colombo or the roads through Colombo and along the coastline.
Whichever route you pick the most convenient and most comfortable way to transfer from Colombo Airport, also known as the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), is by hiring a private taxi.
Why is a private taxi the most convenient? Your other transfer options are either by bus or by train. Both of those require that you first travel to Colombo by bus.
Though buses connecting BIA airport and Colombo are frequent, traveling by it requires that you walk 950 meters to the nearest bus stop and 750 meters to the train station or the bus station, where you can continue your trip from Colombo.
Also, reaching Colombo by bus means 53 stops along the way. From Colombo to Unawatuna you can continue by either train or bus. If you opt for a train you can expect only two departures.
Buses, on the other hand, do depart very frequently, but till Unawatuna, there is 112 bus stops. Traveling by private taxi you will not be stuck by the road waiting on your transport or transfer.
Your very own driver will be waiting for you at the airport and in the shortest possible time, without any unnecessary stops along the way, you will arrive at your destination.
Relaxed and not exhausted from this trip, ready to start your vacation. And you can be certain that a private taxi will have ample room for you and your luggage.
T2 Travels Sri Lanka is a premier tour operator in Sri Lanka which can take care of any of your travel needs. And make sure that your transfer from Colombo Airport goes without hiccups.
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Transfers from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Unawatuna By Train
Reaching Unawatuna by train, from Colombo BIA airport, requires at least one change of transport due to lack of a direct connection. The first order of business is reaching Colombo, more specifically the Fort Railway Station.
You can do so by taking a 265 line bus from the 18th Mile Post bus stop north from the airport, which is located around 950 meters walk from the Airport. Line 265 buses pass through every 30 minutes throughout the day.
The bus will take you to the Colombo Central Bus Stand, some 750 meters from the Fort Railway Station.
When you exit the bus, you should walk due south to the corner of Prince Street and turn right till next corner, with 5th Cross Street, where you should turn left due south.
5th Cross Streets terminates at the crossroad with Olcott Mawatha Street, which you should cross and turn right and continue on for another 500 meters or so until reaching the main entrance to the Fort train station.
Once you have arrived at the train station you have a choice of two departures every day, at 0655 and 1805. Both are trains for Beliaththa and pass through the Unawatuna.
- Train duration is from 6 hours 45 minutes to 7 hours.
- Train cost is From around €2.
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Transfer from Colombo Airport to Unawatuna By Bus
Traveling by bus from BIA airport is somewhat similar, with the first leg of the journey being almost exactly the same.
The difference is that once you reach the Fort train station you should not enter it, but continue walking a few more meters till you reach the Pettah bus stop on the left side of the street.
Be careful that the bus stop across the street is also called the Pettah bus stop, but at it stop buses going in the opposite direction from where you are heading. At the Pettah bus stop, you should embark on a line 2 bus.
This is a Colombo to Matara line and buses stop in Unawatuna. Departures are mostly every 10 minutes, from 0225 till 1700 when they switch to every 15 minutes until 1900.
From 1900 till 2200 departures are every 20 minutes, and until midnight there are 4 more departures 30 minutes apart.
- Bus duration is 6 hours and 30-40 minutes.
- Bus price is From around €2.