There are 7 ways to get from Matara to Dambulla 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  •  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 - $30

6 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 - $63

Taxi  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Take a taxi from Matara to Dambulla 177.6 miles

$140 - $170

Drive  •  3 h 57 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Dambulla 177.6 miles

$21 - $35

Train to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  5 h 32 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort
  2. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  3. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Dambulla

$47 - $188

Train to Colombo, fly to Sigiriya  •  5 h 53 min

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

$232 - $567

Fly Koggala to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  6 h 59 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) KCT - DWO
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Aukana

$56 - $249

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 Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Flights from Koggala to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $200
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 Dehiattakandiya to Dambulla
Ave. Duration
2 h 3 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60

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Questions & Answers

How far is it from Matara to Dambulla?

The distance between Matara and Dambulla is 213 km. The road distance is 284 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Matara to Dambulla?

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Dambulla is to drive which costs Rs. 3300 - Rs. 4900 and takes 3 h 57 min.

What is the fastest way to get from Matara to Dambulla?

The quickest way to get from Matara to Dambulla is to taxi which takes 3 h 57 min and costs Rs. 22000 - Rs. 26000.

How long does it take to get from Matara to Dambulla?

It takes approximately 8 h 25 min to get from Matara to Dambulla, including transfers.