There are 2 ways to get from Chennai to Jaffna by plane, taxi or train

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly to Sigiriya, taxi, train  •  12 h 50 min

  1. MAA - GIU

$163 - $489

Cheapest option

Fly to Colombo, train  •  13 h 11 min

  1. MAA - CMB

$45 - $138

What companies run services between Chennai, India and Jaffna, Sri Lanka?

There is no direct connection from Chennai to Jaffna. However, you can take the train to Tirusulam, take the walk to Madras airport, fly to Sigiriya, take the taxi to Galgamuwa, take the train to Kokuvil, then take the taxi to Jaffna. Alternatively, you can take the train to Tirusulam, take the walk to Madras airport, fly to Colombo, take the walk to Katunayake Airport Bus Station, take the bus to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal, take the walk to Colombo Fort, take the train to Kokuvil, then take the taxi to Jaffna.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Madras to Sigiriya via Colombo
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $220
IndiGo Airlines
Website
goindigo.in
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Madras to Sigiriya via Colombo
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Flights from Madras to Sigiriya via Madurai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
6 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Spicejet
Website
spicejet.com
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Flights from Madras to Colombo via Madurai
Ave. Duration
3 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $210
Air India Limited
Website
airindia.in
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $310
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Galgamuwa to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$6 - $8
Other operators
Taxi from Sigiriya to Galgamuwa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Estimated price
$35 - $45
Sri Derana
Phone
+94 81 4 915915
Website
sriderana.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Chennai and Jaffna is 381 km.

The cheapest way to get from Chennai to Jaffna is to fly and train which costs ₹3,000 - ₹9,500 and takes 13 h 11 min.

The quickest way to get from Chennai to Jaffna is to fly and taxi and train which takes 12 h 50 min and costs ₹11,000 - ₹34,000.

It takes approximately 12 h 50 min to get from Chennai to Jaffna, including transfers.