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Recommended option

Train  •  4 h 53 min

  1. Colombo Commuter
  2. Long Distance / ...

$5 - $8

7 alternative options

Bus  •  7 h 6 min

  1. 32-1

$6 - $8

Taxi  •  2 h 16 min

  1. 116.8 miles

$90 - $110

Drive  •  2 h 16 min

  1. 116.8 miles

$14 - $21

Fly Colombo to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  4 h 18 min

  1. CMB - DWO

$27 - $232

Taxi to Hatton, fly to Koggala  •  3 h 34 min

  1. NUF - KCT

$77 - $268

Fly Colombo to Hambantota, taxi  •  3 h

  1. CMB - HRI

$289 - $820

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, taxi  •  4 h 37 min

  1. DWO - NUF

$152 - $356

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

You can take a train from Negombo to Matara via Katunayake South and Colombo Fort in around 4 h 53 min. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Negombo to Matara every 2 hours. Tickets cost $1 - $3 and the journey takes 5 h 10 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $220
Flights from Hatton to Koggala
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $200
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
15 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $370
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Flydubai
Website
flydubai.com
Flights from Colombo to Hambantota
Ave. Duration
40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$80 - $410
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Katunayake South to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1
Schedules at
railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1
Train from Colombo Fort to Kamburugamuwa
Ave. Duration
2 h 42 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 Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Matara Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Negombo to Matara
Ave. Duration
2 h 16 min
Estimated price
$90 - $110

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Negombo and Matara is 160 km. The road distance is 187 km.

The cheapest way to get from Negombo to Matara is to train which costs Rs. 800 - Rs. 1300 and takes 4 h 53 min.

The quickest way to get from Negombo to Matara is to taxi which takes 2 h 16 min and costs Rs. 14000 - Rs. 18000.

It takes approximately 4 h 53 min to get from Negombo to Matara, including transfers.