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

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, bus  •  6 h 15 min

  1. Take the train from Matara to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura 99 / ...

$2 - $6

3 alternative options

Bus  •  8 h 13 min

  1. Take the bus from Matara Bus Station to Wellawaya 35-3 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Haputale to Ratnapura 99 / ...

$16 - $21

Taxi  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Take a taxi from Matara to Ratnapura 109.6 miles

$75 - $95

Drive  •  2 h 18 min

  1. Drive from Matara to Ratnapura 109.6 miles

$13 - $20

Questions & Answers

The distance between Matara and Ratnapura is 83 km. The road distance is 175.4 km.

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The best way to get from Matara to Ratnapura without a car is to train and bus which takes 6 h 15 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 6 h 15 min to get from Matara to Ratnapura, including transfers.

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Yes, the driving distance between Matara to Ratnapura is 175 km. It takes approximately 2 h 18 min to drive from Matara to Ratnapura.

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There are 80+ hotels available in Ratnapura. Prices start at $15 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Matara to Ratnapura.
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  • Distance: 51.9 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 15 min

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

You can take a bus from Matara to Ratnapura via Wellawaya and Haputale in around 8 h 13 min.

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
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
3 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
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
Bus from Haputale to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
3 h 13 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Matara to Ratnapura
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
Estimated price
$75 - $95

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