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There are 7 ways to get from Matara to Anuradhapura by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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Train  •  7h 25m

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura Town A.C. - Intercity / ...

$2 - $7

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Bus, taxi  •  10h 41m

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
  2. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam 4-7
  3. Take a taxi from Puttalam to Anuradhapura

$32 - $45

Drive  •  5h 4m

  1. Drive from Matara to Anuradhapura 216.2 miles

$26 - $40

Fly Koggala to Katugastota, train  •  5h 40m

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take the train from Kandy to Anuradhapura

$37 - $181

Train to Colombo, fly to Sigiriya, taxi  •  6h 54m

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort
  2. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU
  3. Take a taxi from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura

$250 - $589

Fly Koggala to Colombo, train  •  7h 16m

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Colombo (CMB) KCT - CMB
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura Town

$246 - $512

Fly Dickwella to Colombo, train  •  7h 33m

  1. Fly from Dickwella (DIW) to Colombo (CMB) DIW - CMB
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura Town

$39 - $241

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura is to train which costs Rs. 320 - Rs. 1200 and takes 7h 25m.

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The quickest way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura is to drive which costs Rs. 4500 - Rs. 6500 and takes 5h 4m.

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No, there is no direct train from Matara to Anuradhapura. However, there are services departing from Matara and arriving at Anuradhapura Town via Colombo Fort. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 7h 25m.

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The distance between Matara and Anuradhapura is 263 km. The road distance is 345.9 km.

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The best way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura without a car is to train which takes 7h 25m and costs Rs. 320 - Rs. 1200.

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It takes approximately 7h 25m to get from Matara to Anuradhapura, including transfers.

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

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The quickest flight from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport is the direct flight which takes 30m.

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Matara to Anuradhapura train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Anuradhapura Town station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Matara to Anuradhapura is 346 km. It takes approximately 5h 4m to drive from Matara to Anuradhapura.

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  • Distance: 164.5 miles
  • Duration: 7h 25m

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

You can take a train from Matara to Anuradhapura via Colombo Fort in around 7h 25m.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$15 - $150
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Flights from Koggala to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$22 - $220
Flights from Dickwella to Colombo
Ave. Duration
45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $220
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Matara to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
2h 38m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $3
Train from Colombo Fort to Anuradhapura Town
Ave. Duration
3h 47m
Frequency
4 times a day
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 Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
3h 29m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
5h 10m
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
Bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3h 45m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Puttalam to Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
1h 24m
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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Cinnamon Air offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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There are 372+ hotels available in Anuradhapura. Prices start at $13 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Matara to Koggala Airport is to taxi which takes 32m and costs Rs. 2400 - Rs. 2900.

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