From Colombo Fort to Matara by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Colombo Fort
3h 47m ride in train #8050, First Class seat

From Colombo to Matara by Taxis

Refundable Recommended
2h 40m taxi ride in Comfort
Mirissa, Matara
2h 40m taxi ride in Van 8pax
Mirissa, Matara
2h 40m taxi ride in Van 8pax
Mirissa, Matara

From Bandaranaike Airport to Matara by Flights

Cinnamon Air
Instant Recommended Fastest
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m flight #C79105 with Cinnamon Air in Economy
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota

Colombo to Matara Schedule

Colombo to Matara Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 - 02:40LKR 16,174
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 06:55 - 10:42LKR 3,432
Cinnamon Air Economy #C7910507:00 - 07:45LKR 49,882

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo to Matara

When you want to get from Colombo to Matara, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 43,422. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 3,444.

How far is Colombo from Matara?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo to Matara. Your trip will be a total of 94 miles (151 km). The flying distance is 82 miles (131 km).

How long does it take to get from Colombo to Matara?

The travel time from Colombo to Matara can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 4 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo to Matara?

The cost of the trip from Colombo to Matara varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sri Lanka Railways: travelling by train expect to pay as low as LKR 3,444 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as LKR 43,422.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Colombo to Matara:

  • Train tickets - LKR 3,444 to LKR 3,444;
  • Plane tickets - LKR 43,422 to LKR 43,422;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 16,229 to LKR 19,668.

How many trips per day are there between Colombo and Matara?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Flights from Colombo to Matara depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Colombo to Matara any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Colombo to Matara. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is LKR 43,422.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Colombo to Matara
Cinnamon Air


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo to Matara. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as LKR 16,229.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Colombo to Matara

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo to Matara? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 987 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 13 decided to catch a taxi.