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There are 4 ways to get from Colombo to Matara by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  2 h 42 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kamburugamuwa Long Distance / ...

$1 - $3

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Bus  •  5 h 10 min

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Matara Bus Station 32-1

$1 - $3

Taxi  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Matara 94.3 miles

$65 - $85

Drive  •  1 h 53 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Matara 94.3 miles

$11 - $17

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Matara is to train which costs Rs. 140 - Rs. 470 and takes 2 h 42 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Matara is to taxi which costs Rs. 11000 - Rs. 14000 and takes 1 h 53 min.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal and arriving at Matara Bus Station station. Services depart every two hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 5 h 10 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Kamburugamuwa. Services depart three times a day, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2 h 42 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Matara is 133 km. The road distance is 150.9 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Matara without a car is to train which takes 2 h 42 min and costs Rs. 140 - Rs. 470.

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The train from Colombo Fort to Kamburugamuwa takes 2 h 42 min including transfers and departs three times a day.

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Colombo to Matara bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal station.

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Colombo to Matara train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Colombo Fort station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Matara is to train which takes 2 h 42 min and costs Rs. 140 - Rs. 470. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 190 - Rs. 440 and takes 5 h 10 min.

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  • Distance: 83.2 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 42 min

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Matara 3 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 2 h 42 min. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo to Matara every 2 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 5 h 10 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Kamburugamuwa
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Matara Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Matara
Ave. Duration
1 h 53 min
Estimated price
$65 - $85
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com

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Colombo to Matara bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Matara Bus Station.

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Colombo to Matara train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Kamburugamuwa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Matara is 151 km. It takes approximately 1 h 53 min to drive from Colombo to Matara.

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There are 1608+ hotels available in Matara. Prices start at $13 USD per night.

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