There are 6 ways to get from Jaffna to Batticaloa by train, night train, taxi, car or plane

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Train  •  10 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Maho A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take the train from Maho to Valachchenei Express Train / ...

$19 - $29

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Train, night train  •  23 h 35 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Maho A.C. - Intercity / ...
  2. Take the night train from Maho to Batticaloa Night Mail Train

$4 - $14

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Taxi  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Take a taxi from Jaffna to Batticaloa 237.1 miles

$130 - $170

Drive  •  6 h 47 min

  1. Drive from Jaffna to Batticaloa 237.1 miles

$28 - $45

Train to Katugastota, fly  •  7 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Kurunegala
  2. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Batticaloa (BTC) KDZ - BTC

$365 - $635

Train to Diyawanna Oya, fly  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the train from Jaffna to Maradana
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Batticaloa (BTC) DWO - BTC

$32 - $228

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct train from Jaffna to Batticaloa. However, there are services departing from Jaffna and arriving at Batticaloa via Maho. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 23 h 35 min.

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The distance between Jaffna and Batticaloa is 286 km. The road distance is 379.3 km.

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The best way to get from Jaffna to Batticaloa without a car is to train which takes 10 h 40 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 10 h 40 min to get from Jaffna to Batticaloa, including transfers.

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Jaffna to Batticaloa train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Jaffna station.

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The quickest flight from Katugastota Airport to Batticaloa Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Jaffna to Batticaloa train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Batticaloa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Jaffna to Batticaloa is 379 km. It takes approximately 6 h 47 min to drive from Jaffna to Batticaloa.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Katugastota Airport to Batticaloa Airport.

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There are 44+ hotels available in Batticaloa. Prices start at $14 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Jaffna to Batticaloa.
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  • Distance: 178.7 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 40 min

What companies run services between Jaffna, Sri Lanka and Batticaloa, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Jaffna to Batticaloa via Maho and Valachchenei in around 10 h 40 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Katugastota to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $600
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Jaffna to Maho
Ave. Duration
4 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Train from Maho to Valachchenei
Ave. Duration
4 h 43 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $4
Night train from Maho to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
18 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $9
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$6 - $9
Train from Jaffna to Kurunegala
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Train from Jaffna to Maradana
Ave. Duration
6 h 9 min
Frequency
3 times a day
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 Jaffna to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
Estimated price
$130 - $170

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