There are 8 ways to get from Matara to Anuradhapura by train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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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

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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 - $45

Drive  •  5 h 4 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Anuradhapura 216.2 miles

$26 - $40

Fly Koggala to Katugastota, train  •  5 h 40 min

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

$203 - $381

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 - $226

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

$251 - $589

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 - $512

Fly Dickwella to Colombo, train  •  7 h 33 min

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

$296 - $572

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura is to train which costs Rs. 310 - Rs. 1200 and takes 7 h 25 min.

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The quickest way to get from Matara to Anuradhapura is to drive which costs Rs. 4300 - Rs. 6500 and takes 5 h 4 min.

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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 7 h 25 min.

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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 7 h 25 min and costs Rs. 310 - Rs. 1200.

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It takes approximately 7 h 25 min 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 30 min.

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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 5 h 4 min to drive from Matara to Anuradhapura.

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

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
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $350
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
Flights from Dickwella to Colombo
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$280 - $550
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
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
$2 - $4
Train from Kandy to Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
3 h 29 min
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
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
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
$4
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
$1 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Puttalam to Anuradhapura
Ave. Duration
1 h 24 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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There are 370+ 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 32 min and costs Rs. 2400 - Rs. 2900.

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