There are 3 ways to get from Madurai to Jaffna by plane, train or taxi

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

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Fly to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  10 h 16 min

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

$99 - $304

Cheapest option

Fly to Colombo, train  •  10 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Madurai (IXM) to Colombo (CMB) IXM - CMB
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil

$77 - $231

1 alternative option

Fly to Sigiriya, taxi, train  •  10 h 38 min

  1. Fly from Madurai (IXM) to Sigiriya (GIU) IXM - GIU
  2. Take a taxi from Sigiriya to Galgamuwa
  3. Take the train from Galgamuwa to Kokuvil

$135 - $367

Questions & Answers

The distance between Madurai and Jaffna is 209 km.

It takes approximately 10 h 16 min to get from Madurai to Jaffna, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Madurai Airport to Diyawanna Oya Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h and has one stopover.

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Spicejet, Cinnamon Air and SriLankan Airlines offer flights from Madurai Airport to Diyawanna Oya Airport.

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There are 96+ hotels available in Jaffna. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Madurai to Madurai Airport is to taxi which takes 12 min and costs .

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Map of how to get from Madurai to Jaffna.
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  • Distance: 130.5 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 16 min

What companies run services between Madurai, India and Jaffna, Sri Lanka?

There is no direct connection from Madurai to Jaffna. However, you can take the taxi to Madurai airport, fly to Diyawanna Oya, take the taxi to Colombo Fort, take the train to Kokuvil, then take the taxi to Jaffna. Alternatively, you can take the taxi to Madurai airport, fly to Colombo, take the walk to Katunayake Airport Bus Station, take the bus to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal, take the walk to Colombo Fort, take the train to Kokuvil, then take the taxi to Jaffna.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Madurai to Diyawanna Oya via Colombo
Ave. Duration
4 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $330
Flights from Madurai to Sigiriya via Colombo
Ave. Duration
4 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $360
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Madurai to Diyawanna Oya via Colombo
Ave. Duration
3 h 7 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $320
Flights from Madurai to Colombo
Ave. Duration
55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $230
Spicejet
Website
spicejet.com
Flights from Madurai to Colombo
Ave. Duration
1 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $260
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
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 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $8
Train from Galgamuwa to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
3 h 41 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Other operators
Taxi from Sigiriya to Galgamuwa
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Sri Derana
Phone
+94 81 4 915915
Website
sriderana.com

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