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There are 4 ways to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa by plane, taxi, bus, train or car

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Fly, taxi  •  3 h 25 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Polonnaruwa

$79 - $232

Cheapest option

Train  •  10 h 7 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Polonnaruwa Express Train

$8 - $15

2 alternative options

Bus  •  10 h 8 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Dehiattakandiya 35-1

$21 - $26

Drive  •  5 h 5 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Polonnaruwa 218.9 miles

$26 - $40

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The cheapest way to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa is to train which costs Rs. 1300 - Rs. 2600 and takes 10 h 7 min.

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The quickest way to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 13000 - Rs. 40000 and takes 3 h 25 min.

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The distance between Matara and Polonnaruwa is 227 km. The road distance is 350.3 km.

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The best way to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa without a car is to bus which takes 10 h 8 min and costs Rs. 3500 - Rs. 4600.

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It takes approximately 3 h 25 min to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa is to bus which takes 10 h 8 min and costs Rs. 3500 - Rs. 4600. Alternatively, you can train, which costs Rs. 1300 - Rs. 2600 and takes 10 h 7 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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Yes, the driving distance between Matara to Polonnaruwa is 350 km. It takes approximately 5 h 5 min to drive from Matara to Polonnaruwa.

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Cinnamon Air offers flights from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport.

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There are 168+ hotels available in Polonnaruwa. Prices start at $10 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Matara to Polonnaruwa.
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  • Distance: 142.1 miles
  • Duration: 3 h 25 min

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 $1 - $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
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$15 - $150
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
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $3
Semi Lux
$3 - $4
AirCon
$4 - $5
Super Lux
$7
Other operators
Taxi from Katugastota to Polonnaruwa
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Estimated price
$50 - $65
Derana
Website
srilankaderana.com

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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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