There are 6 ways to get from Matara to Kandy 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.

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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

5 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 25 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Nuwara Eliya 31-1

$32 - $48

Taxi  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Take a taxi from Matara to Kandy 156.7 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  3 h 31 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Kandy 156.7 miles

$19 - $28

Train, fly to Katugastota  •  4 h 26 min

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

$24 - $157

Fly from Koggala, train  •  2 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) KCT - DWO
  2. Take the train from Godagama to Kandy

$41 - $229

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Kandy is to train which costs Rs. 300 - Rs. 1000 and takes 6 h 9 min.

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The quickest way to get from Matara to Kandy is to fly and train which takes 2 h 48 min and costs Rs. 6500 - Rs. 37000.

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The distance between Matara and Kandy is 150 km. The road distance is 251 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 9 min to get from Matara to Kandy, including transfers.

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

You can take a train from Matara to Kandy via Colombo Fort in around 6 h 9 min. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Matara to Kandy 3 times a day. Tickets cost $1 - $4 and the journey takes 7 h 10 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Koggala to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $200
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
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 - $2
1st Class
$1 - $3
Train from Godagama to Kandy
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$2 - $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 Nuwara Eliya
Ave. Duration
7 h 10 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$2 - $3
AirCon
$3 - $4
Super Lux
$6
Other operators
Taxi from Matara to Kandy
Ave. Duration
3 h 31 min
Estimated price
$120 - $150

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