How to get from Colombo to Matale

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Recommended option

Fly to Katugastota  •  1 h 7 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ

$31 - $161

Cheapest option

Train  •  4 h 48 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Matale Colombo Commuter

$1 - $3

4 alternative options

Fly to Hatton, taxi  •  2 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Hatton (NUF) DWO - NUF
  2. Take a taxi from Hatton to Matale

$62 - $249

Train, taxi  •  4 h 11 min

  1. Take the train from Maradana to Gampaha
  2. Take the train from Gampaha to Mirigama
  3. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Matale

$37 - $48

Taxi  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Matale 90 miles

$60 - $75

Drive  •  2 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Matale 90 miles

$10 - $16

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Matale, Sri Lanka?

SriLankan Airlines and Cinnamon Air fly from Colombo to Matale 4 times a day. Alternatively, Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Matale once daily. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 4 h 48 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Maradana to Gampaha
Ave. Duration
50 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Train from Gampaha to Mirigama
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Train from Colombo Fort to Matale
Ave. Duration
4 h 48 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $3
Other operators
Taxi from Hatton to Matale
Ave. Duration
1 h 46 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo and Matale is 104 km. The road distance is 144 km.

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Matale is to train which costs Rs. 140 - Rs. 470 and takes 4 h 48 min.

The quickest way to get from Colombo to Matale is to fly which takes 1 h 7 min and costs Rs. 4800 - Rs. 26000.

Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Matale. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4 h 48 min.

It takes approximately 1 h 7 min to get from Colombo to Matale, including transfers.