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There are 5 ways to get from Matara to Dambulla by plane, taxi, train, bus or car

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Fly, taxi  •  2 h 15 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Dambulla

$223 - $402

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Train, taxi  •  6 h 17 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polgahawela
  3. Take a taxi from Polgahawela to Dambulla

$32 - $45

3 alternative options

Bus, taxi  •  11 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Dehiattakandiya 35-1
  2. Take a taxi from Dehiattakandiya to Dambulla

$42 - $57

Taxi  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take a taxi from Matara to Dambulla 177.6 miles

$120 - $160

Drive  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Dambulla 177.6 miles

$21 - $35

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The cheapest way to get from Matara to Dambulla is to drive which costs Rs. 3700 - Rs. 5500 and takes 3 h 57 min.

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The quickest way to get from Matara to Dambulla is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 38000 - Rs. 70000 and takes 2 h 15 min.

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The distance between Matara and Dambulla is 213 km. The road distance is 284.2 km.

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The best way to get from Matara to Dambulla without a car is to train and taxi which takes 6 h 17 min and costs Rs. 5500 - Rs. 8000.

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It takes approximately 2 h 15 min to get from Matara to Dambulla, including transfers.

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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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Yes, the driving distance between Matara to Dambulla is 284 km. It takes approximately 3 h 57 min to drive from Matara to Dambulla.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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There are 716+ hotels available in Dambulla. Prices start at $12 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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Map of how to get from Matara to Dambulla.
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  • Distance: 133.1 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 15 min

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

There is no direct connection from Matara to Dambulla. However, you can take the taxi to Koggala airport, fly to Katugastota, then take the taxi to Dambulla. Alternatively, you can take the train to Colombo Fort, take the train to Polgahawela, then take the taxi to Dambulla.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $350
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 Polgahawela
Ave. Duration
2 h 6 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Dehiattakandiya
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $3
Semi Lux
$3 - $4
AirCon
$4 - $5
Super Lux
$7
Other operators
Taxi from Katugastota to Dambulla
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Estimated price
$29 - $35
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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