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

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

Fly, taxi  •  2 h 15 min

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

$225 - $408

Cheapest option

Train  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Aukana Express Train

$20 - $29

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

$47 - $58

Taxi  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take a taxi from Matara to Dambulla 177.6 miles

$130 - $170

Drive  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Dambulla 177.6 miles

$21 - $35

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Dambulla is to drive which costs Rs. 3400 - Rs. 5000 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. 36000 - 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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It takes approximately 2 h 15 min to get from Matara to Dambulla, including transfers.

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The nearest airport to Dambulla is Sigiriya (GIU) Airport which is 12.3 km away. Other nearby airports include Katugastota (KDZ) (58.9 km), Batticaloa (BTC) (113.2 km), Colombo (CMB) (113.6 km) and Diyawanna Oya (DWO) (134.1 km).

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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?

You can take a train from Matara to Dambulla via Colombo Fort and Aukana in around 8 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
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 Aukana
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $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 Dehiattakandiya
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$2 - $3
Semi Lux
$3 - $4
AirCon
$4 - $5
Super Lux
$8
Other operators
Taxi from Katugastota to Dambulla
Ave. Duration
1 h 12 min
Estimated price
$30 - $40
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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