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

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Fly  •  1 h 10 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ

$200 - $375

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Train  •  6 h 9 min

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

$2 - $6

3 alternative options

Bus, taxi  •  6 h 43 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Wellawaya 35-3 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Wellawaya to Kandy

$61 - $76

Taxi  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Matara to Kandy 156.7 miles

$110 - $140

Drive  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Kandy 156.7 miles

$19 - $28

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The cheapest way to get from Matara to Kandy is to train which costs Rs. 320 - Rs. 1000 and takes 6 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Matara to Kandy is to fly which costs Rs. 34000 - Rs. 65000 and takes 1 h 10 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Matara to Kandy. However, there are services departing from Matara and arriving at Kandy via Colombo Fort. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 6 h 9 min.

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The distance between Matara and Kandy is 150 km. The road distance is 250.7 km.

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The best way to get from Matara to Kandy without a car is to bus and taxi which takes 6 h 43 min and costs Rs. 10000 - Rs. 14000.

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It takes approximately 1 h 10 min to get from Matara to Kandy, including transfers.

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Matara to Kandy train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Matara station.

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The best way to get from Matara to Kandy is to fly which takes 1 h 10 min and costs Rs. 34000 - Rs. 65000. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 320 - Rs. 1000 and takes 6 h 9 min.

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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 Kandy train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Kandy station.

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Map of how to get from Matara to Kandy.
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  • Distance: 93.9 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 10 min

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

SriLankan Airlines flies from Matara to Kandy once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Matara to Kandy via Colombo Fort in around 6 h 9 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 Kandy
Ave. Duration
2 h 31 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Wellawaya
Ave. Duration
3 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
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 Wellawaya to Kandy
Ave. Duration
2 h 48 min
Estimated price
$60 - $75

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Yes, the driving distance between Matara to Kandy is 251 km. It takes approximately 3 h 31 min to drive from Matara to Kandy.

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SriLankan Airlines offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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There are 1490+ hotels available in Kandy. Prices start at $16 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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