There are 6 ways to get from Matara to Anuradhapura by train, bus, 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  •  7 h 25 min

  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

5 alternative options

Bus, taxi  •  10 h 41 min

  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 - $50

Drive  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Anuradhapura 216.2 miles

$26 - $40

Fly Koggala to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  6 h 45 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) KCT - DWO
  2. Take the train from Wellawatta to Anuradhapura Town

$38 - $227

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

  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

$252 - $594

Fly Koggala to Colombo, train  •  7 h 16 min

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

$247 - $513

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 7 h 25 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Koggala to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $200
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Koggala to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Matara to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
2 h 38 min
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
3 h 47 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$3 - $4
Train from Wellawatta to Anuradhapura Town
Ave. Duration
4 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$3 - $4
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
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
Bus from Pettah CTB to Puttalam
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Puttalam to Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Matara and Anuradhapura is 263 km. The road distance is 346 km.

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura is to train which costs Rs. 300 - Rs. 1200 and takes 7 h 25 min.

The quickest way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura is to drive which takes 5 h 4 min and costs Rs. 4100 - Rs. 6000.

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 7 h 25 min.

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