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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  •  2h 30m

  1. Take the train from Fort Station to Matara Colombo

Rs. 130 - Rs. 500

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Bus  •  2h 35m

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

Rs. 170 - Rs. 240

Taxi  •  1h 54m

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Matara 151.5 km

Rs. 13000 - Rs. 16000

Drive  •  1h 54m

  1. Drive from Colombo to Matara 151.5 km

Rs. 2100 - Rs. 3100

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Matara is to bus which costs Rs. 170 - Rs. 240 and takes 2h 35m.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Matara is to taxi which costs Rs. 13000 - Rs. 16000 and takes 1h 54m.

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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 20 minutes, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 35m.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Fort Station station and arriving at Matara. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 2h 30m.

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The distance between Colombo and Matara is 133 km. The road distance is 151.5 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Matara without a car is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 500.

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The train from Fort Station to Matara takes 2h 30m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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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 Fort Station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Matara is to train which takes 2h 30m and costs Rs. 130 - Rs. 500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 170 - Rs. 240 and takes 2h 35m.

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  • Distance: 133.4 km
  • Duration: 2h 30m

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Fort Station to Matara every 4 hours. Tickets cost Rs. 130 - Rs. 500 and the journey takes 2h 30m. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Matara Bus Station every 20 minutes. Tickets cost Rs. 170 - Rs. 240 and the journey takes 2h 35m.

Train operators
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
2h 35m
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 170 - Rs. 240
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 170 - Rs. 240
Semi Lux
Rs. 260 - Rs. 320
AirCon
Rs. 360 - Rs. 400
Super Lux
Rs. 603
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Matara
Ave. Duration
1h 54m
Estimated price
Rs. 13000 - Rs. 16000
Kangaroo Cabs
Phone
+94 11 25 88 588
Website
2588588.com
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com
Budget Taxi
Phone
+94 11 72 99 299
Website
budgettaxilk.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 Matara station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Matara is 152 km. It takes approximately 1h 54m to drive from Colombo to Matara.

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