There are 5 ways to get from Kandy to Jaffna by train, night train, taxi, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  6 h 12 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Medawachchiya Rail Bus
  2. Take the train from Medawachchiya to Kokuvil A.C. - Intercity / ...

$9 - $17

Cheapest option

Train, night train  •  18 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Kandy to Polgahawela Local Trains / ...
  2. Take the night train from Polgahawela to Jaffna Night Mail Train

$2 - $11

3 alternative options

Taxi  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Take a taxi from Kandy to Jaffna 199.6 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  5 h 37 min

  1. Drive from Kandy to Jaffna 199.6 miles

$24 - $35

Fly, train  •  8 h 26 min

  1. Fly from Katugastota (KDZ) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) KDZ - DWO
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil

$44 - $290

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Kandy to Jaffna is to train and night train which costs Rs. 360 - Rs. 1800 and takes 18 h 53 min.

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The quickest way to get from Kandy to Jaffna is to taxi which takes 5 h 37 min and costs Rs. 20000 - Rs. 24000.

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The distance between Kandy and Jaffna is 273 km. The road distance is 319 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 12 min to get from Kandy to Jaffna, including transfers.

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No, there is no direct train from Kandy to Jaffna. However, there are services departing from Kandy and arriving at Jaffna via Polgahawela. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18 h 53 min.

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

You can take a train from Kandy to Jaffna via Medawachchiya and Kokuvil in around 6 h 12 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $550
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Kandy to Medawachchiya
Ave. Duration
2 h 44 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $4
Train from Medawachchiya to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 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
Train from Kandy to Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
1 h 43 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Night train from Polgahawela to Jaffna
Ave. Duration
16 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $10
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $5
1st Class
$7 - $10
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 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$6 - $8
Other operators
Taxi from Kandy to Jaffna
Ave. Duration
5 h 37 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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