There are 7 ways to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa by bus, train, car, plane or taxi

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

Bus  •  10 h 8 min

  1. 35-1

$23 - $29

Cheapest option

Train  •  10 h 7 min

  1. Express Train / ...
  2. Express Train

$8 - $16

5 alternative options

Drive  •  5 h 5 min

  1. 218.9 miles

$26 - $40

Train to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Katugastota, taxi  •  6 h 41 min

  1. DWO - KDZ

$72 - $218

Train to Colombo, fly to Sigiriya  •  6 h 40 min

  1. CMB - GIU

$248 - $586

Bus to Weerawila, fly to Batticaloa, taxi  •  5 h 41 min

  1. WRZ - BTC

$311 - $614

Fly Koggala to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  8 h 41 min

  1. KCT - DWO

$44 - $235

What companies run services between Matara, Sri Lanka and Polonnaruwa, North Central, Sri Lanka?

National Transport Commission operates a bus from Matara to Polonnaruwa once daily. Tickets cost $2 - $3 and the journey takes 9 h 15 min. Alternatively, you can take a train from Matara to Polonnaruwa via Colombo Fort and Polonnaruwa in around 10 h 7 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
Flights from Weerawila to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $550
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 Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
6 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
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
Bus from Matara Bus Station to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Katugastota to Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Estimated price
$55 - $70
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Matara and Polonnaruwa is 227 km. The road distance is 350 km.

The cheapest way to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa is to train which costs Rs. 1200 - Rs. 2600 and takes 10 h 7 min.

The quickest way to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa is to drive which takes 5 h 5 min and costs Rs. 4100 - Rs. 6500.

It takes approximately 10 h 8 min to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa, including transfers.