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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.

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Fly to Sigiriya, taxi, train  •  12 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Madras (MAA) to Sigiriya (GIU) MAA - GIU
  2. Take a taxi from Sigiriya to Galgamuwa
  3. Take the train from Galgamuwa to Kokuvil

$157 - $483

Cheapest option

Fly to Colombo, train  •  12 h 54 min

  1. Fly from Madras (MAA) to Colombo (CMB) MAA - CMB
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil

$44 - $137

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The cheapest way to get from Chennai to Jaffna is to fly and train which costs ₹3,200 - ₹11,000 and takes 12 h 54 min.

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The quickest way to get from Chennai to Jaffna is to fly and taxi and train which costs ₹11,000 - ₹36,000 and takes 12 h 38 min.

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The distance between Chennai and Jaffna is 381 km.

It takes approximately 12 h 38 min to get from Chennai to Jaffna, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Madras Airport to Sigiriya Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 55 min and has one stopover.

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SriLankan Airlines, IndiGo Airlines, Spicejet and Cinnamon Air offer flights from Madras Airport to Sigiriya Airport.

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There are 94+ hotels available in Jaffna. Prices start at $13 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Chennai to Madras Airport is to train which takes 32 min and costs ₹8.

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Map of how to get from Chennai to Jaffna.
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  • Distance: 238.4 miles
  • Duration: 12 h 38 min

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 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $470
Flights from Madras to Sigiriya via Madurai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Madras to Sigiriya via Colombo
Ave. Duration
3 h 57 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $430
Flights from Madras to Sigiriya via Madurai, Colombo
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $400
IndiGo Airlines
Website
goindigo.in
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $420
Spicejet
Website
spicejet.com
Flights from Madras to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h 20 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
Flights from Madras to Colombo via Coimbatore
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$110 - $220
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 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $8
Other operators
Taxi from Sigiriya to Galgamuwa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Sri Derana
Phone
+94 81 4 915915
Website
sriderana.com

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