How to Reach Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura Tourism

Anuradhapura Tourism

Reach Anuradhapura by Air - Colombo is the nearest airport to Anuradhapura (183 kms). Tourists can further take bus, train or cab to travel from Colombo to Anuradhapura.

Reach Anuradhapura by Rail - Anuradhapura has two train stations – main Anuradhapura station (closer to old Bus stand) and the smaller Anuradhapura New town (South). Tourists can use trains to travel between Colombo and Anuradhapura.

Anuradhapura Trains

Reach Anuradhapura by Road - Anuradhapura has two bus stations “Old Bus Station” and “New Bus Station”. Bus heading towards south start from the old bus station while buses heading towards north and east start from new bus station. The main highway that connects Anuradhapura is A9 highway that also passes through Kandy. There is an intercity bus service (no 15) leaving Colombo every 30 minutes to travel via Dambulla. Bus No 4 -3 travels from Colombo via Puttalam to Anuradhapura. On an average it takes 5 hours to travel to Anuradhapura from Colombo by bus and around 4 hours by car. Anuradhapura’s bus station is located in the new town area.

Distances of Anuradhapura from major cities

Anuradhapura Ticket Fees - Tourists can buy a $25 ticket that works for admissions to all the attractions in Anuradhapura. Travellers can also use $50 ticket that works for all the sites in cultural triangle.

Getting Around in Anuradhapura - The best way for tourists to explore the ruins of the ancient city of Anuradhapura is by bicycle. Considering that the ruins are spread out in the city of Anuradhapura, bicycles are the best option to travel and explore. Bicycles are available for hire from the rest houses in the city at normal rates of Rs 250-300. Travellers can also use tuk-tuks to travel within the city, where bargaining well is necessary.

Shopping in Anuradhapura - Apart for sightseeing of Tourists attractions Anuradhapura, travellers can also do shop for local souvenir from new town. Tourists can buy variety of souvenirs from Anuradhapura, like postcards, replica artifacts, carved wooden figures, earrings, mask etc.

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