Matara to Colombo

Matara to Colombo

  4 trips (LKR 3,650 – LKR 3,872)

Matara to Colombo Schedule

Matara to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 02:41 - 05:00LKR 3,872
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:10 - 09:10LKR 3,650

Transportation from Matara to Colombo

How to get from Matara to Colombo

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

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Train. 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 Bus+taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 37,013. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 3,641.

How far is Matara from Colombo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Matara to Colombo. Your trip will be a total of 109 miles (174 km). The flying distance is 84 miles (134 km).

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

The travel time from Matara to Colombo can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 3 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Matara to Colombo 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 3,641 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Bus+taxi - a one-way Bus+taxi ticket can cost as much as LKR 37,013.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 3,627 to LKR 3,828;
  • Bus+taxi price: LKR 37,074 - LKR 37,074. From Matara to Colombo starting from 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel until 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 16,321 to LKR 19,947.

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

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

  • 1 by Bus+taxi from Matara to Colombo starting from 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel until 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel
  • 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 Matara to Colombo any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Matara to Colombo. 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 16,321.

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 Matara to Colombo

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Matara to Colombo? 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:

  • 100% users enjoyed a train ride.