There are 8 ways to get from Matara to Jaffna by train, bus, night train, car or plane

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Train  •  10 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil A.C. - Intercity / ...

$9 - $19

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Train, night train  •  18 h 8 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Jaffna Night Mail Train

$3 - $11

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Bus, train  •  13 h 1 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal 32-1
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil A.C. - Intercity / ...

$9 - $19

Drive  •  8 h 17 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Jaffna 330.8 miles

$40 - $60

Fly Koggala to Katugastota, train  •  7 h 45 min

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

$219 - $403

Fly Koggala to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  8 h 52 min

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

$44 - $237

Fly Koggala to Colombo, train  •  10 h 9 min

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

$253 - $524

Fly Dickwella to Colombo, train  •  10 h 26 min

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

$303 - $583

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No, there is no direct train from Matara to Jaffna. However, there are services departing from Matara and arriving at Jaffna via Colombo Fort. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 18 h 8 min.

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The distance between Matara and Jaffna is 418 km. The road distance is 529.3 km.

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The best way to get from Matara to Jaffna without a car is to train which takes 10 h 18 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 10 h 18 min to get from Matara to Jaffna, including transfers.

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Matara to Jaffna 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 Jaffna train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Jaffna station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Matara to Jaffna is 529 km. It takes approximately 8 h 17 min to drive from Matara to Jaffna.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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There are 96+ hotels available in Jaffna. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Matara to Jaffna.
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  • Distance: 261.1 miles
  • Duration: 10 h 18 min

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

You can take a train from Matara to Jaffna via Colombo Fort and Kokuvil in around 10 h 18 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 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
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 Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $8
Night train from Colombo Fort to Jaffna
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $8
Train from Kurunegala to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
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 - $2
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$4

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The best way to get from Matara to Koggala Airport is to taxi which takes 32 min and costs .

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