Getting there & away
The Matara bus station is a vast multilevel place. Look for tiny destination signs over the various queuing pens. As Matara is a regional transport hub, service is frequent in all directions. The following are some of the major destinations.
Amapara Rs 168, eight hours.
Badulla Rs 135, 5½ hours.
Colombo Regular/air-con Rs 84/170, four to five hours.
Galle Rs 26, two hours.
Ratnapura Rs 105, 4½ hours.
Tangalla Rs 23, 1½ to two hours.
Matara’s train station (222 2271) is the end of the coastal railway line. Destinations include Galle (2nd/3rd class Rs 42/23, one to 1½ hours) and Colombo (1st/2nd/3rd class Rs 270/148/79, four hours), as well as Vavuniya (for Anuradhapura; 2nd/3rd class Rs 372/194, 10 hours) and Kandy (2nd/3rd class Rs 255/135, seven hours).