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About Anuradhapura

Being the biggest city of Sri Lanka, Anuradhapura is also the central city of North Central Region. The city is also in UNESCO World Heritage List and it has been known as the center of Theravada Buddhism for centuries. Located 205 kilometers of the capital city Colombo, the city is one of the oldest cities in the world with oldest history. As the must-see places of the city, Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa and Lankarama can be listed.

According to 2011 data, the population of the city is around 63.000 and there live different ethnic origins like Sinhalese, Sri Lankan Moors, Tamils of Sri Lanka, Indian Tamils and others. Land route and railway are the main ways of transportation – with Northern railway, Jaffna, Kankesanthurai and Colombo are connected to each other and Anuradhapura railway connects Jaffna and Yal Devi.

Transportation to Anuradhapura City Center from Airport


Anuradhapura Airport

There are several alternatives that provide transportation between Anuradhapura city center and the airport. You can reach the city center from the airport by choosing any of the means of transportation such as taxi, motorcycle taxi and bus.

Car Rental

There are a few car rental companies offering service at the airport. You can travel to the city center by renting a car at the airport. Before arriving the city, you can make a reservation by contacting one of the car rental companies or get help from your hotel about this issue.

Motorcycle Taxi

Motorcycle taxis provide transportation to the city center by departing from the bus terminal located outside the airport. The fares of motorcycle taxis are very affordable especially for passengers who don’t have much luggage.


Red colored buses that you can find in the airport terminal reach Anuradhapura city center within 30-35 minutes. Airport buses are one of the most preferred means of transportation for travelling to the city center from the airport. The bus ticket prices are budget-friendly and it is easy to get to the city center by using these buses since they operate every 20 minutes.

Hotel Shuttle

You can travel to the city center from the airport by using the hotel shuttles providing transportation between the hotel and airport. You can get information about these shuttles by contacting your hotel and make a reservation in advance. The amount you need to pay may increase depending on the number of luggage and passenger.

Weather in Anuradhapura

DayMin - Max
SaturdayMin 26ºC - Max 32ºC
SundayMin 26ºC - Max 34ºC
MondayMin 26ºC - Max 32ºC
TuesdayMin 26ºC - Max 34ºC
WednesdayMin 26ºC - Max 35ºC

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