How to Visit Weligama from Matara

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Coming to Weligama from Matara is a pretty much easy task. It is a matter of get in to a correct bus or train. Travelers can have many options to come to this magnificent Weligama beach - Sri Lanka from Matara. Please find below details for, how you visit this coastal town from Matara.
How to visit Weligama from Matara

Total distance from Matara to Weligama: 17 KM

How to visit Weligama from Matara

Matara to Weligama by Bus

Travelers need to go the main bus station in Matara city. It is located in the city central Matara. Matara bus station is a big bus terminal where it has buses for various locations. All most every buses that going towards 'Colombo or Galle' will stop in front of the Weligama bus station. Traveler has three choices either get in to Matara - Colombo route number 02 bus or Matara - Galle route number 350 bus or Matara - Weligama route number 346/2 bus from Matara bus station. Traveler can easily find the bus parking slot in the Matara bus station. Above three types buses park near by each other and it is located in front of public toilets in the main bus station Matara.

Please ask help from the information center inside the bust station if you can not find the location. Bus fare for Weligama from Matara less than 0.5 USD. If you take Matara - Weligama or Matara - Galle bus, traveler can easily find a seat to sit. But sometimes Colombo - Matara buses less likely to have unoccupied seats to sit. You can choose whether you use Colombo - Matara | Matara - Galle or Matara Weligama bus to reach Weligama. We recommend to use Matara - Galle bus. Mostly Matara - Galle buses operate 04:00 to 20:00 time period. Colombo - Matara buses operate all the day and all time. But after 20:00, operate frequency of buses decrease. It is advisable avoid stay public places like bus stations after 21:00. Please read this article regarding the bus rides in Sri Lanka.

Matara bus station in Sri Lanka
Matara bus station in Sri Lanka
Bus information center in Matara bus station
Bus information center in Matara bus station
Colombo - Matara bus
Colombo - Matara bus
Bus terminal for Weligama in Matara bus station
Bus terminal for Weligama in Matara bus station

Matara to Weligama by Train

From Matara train station traveler can take a straight train to Weligama. Matara railway station is located suburb of Matara main city. Please see below time table for trains towards Weligama. You can find up-to date train time table from this government website: All most all the trains that heading towards Colombo will stop at Weligama railway station. Highly recommend the train as the touring method when you equipped with surf boards and heavy backpacks. Some railway stations issue additional charges on your surf board and it must be kept in the same train luggage you travel. But conditions inside trains are decent and less comfortable especially lavatory etc... And trains will get crowded in office hours 07:00 - 08.30 morning, 15:30 - 17:30 afternoon. Trains are available for Weligama in between 05:00 to 17:00 time period. Ticket fare would be less than 0.5 USD. Do not forget to departure from Weligama station otherwise traveler would be heading towards Galle. Please read this article regarding the train rides.

Ten (10) trains available for Weligama from Matara railway station

Train name Departure time Arrival time Frequency
Only in weekdays (Not in public holidays)
Ruhunu Kumari
Galu Kumari
Local Train 1
Only in weekdays
Rajarata Rejini
Local Train 2
Only in weekdays
Commuter Train 1
Commuter Train 2
Mixed Train
Local Train 3
Only in weekdays
Matara Train Station
Matara Train Station

Matara to Weligama by Taxi

Some of the taxi services nearby Matara city has bit hire rates. Currently [Updated 2019/04] PickMe and Uber [Still not operated in Matara Updated 2019/04 ] taxi services which are operated in the Colombo area is available in Matara city. Travelers can check the availability of the taxi services from their mobile apps (Both android and App Store). Taxi demand may high due to the taxi shortage. Therefore we highly recommend to use public transport instead. If traveler needs any local taxi services like car or van, they were park nearby Matara bus stand, other side of the road (near expressway bus terminal). Hiring a tuk tuk (three-wheeler) also a good option, lots of them park nearby the Matara bus stand. If traveler came after 21:00, its better to hire a tuk tuk to go to Weligama. It should be less than 10 USD and use your bargain skills to reduce the price. And do not forget to come across the agreement of the price and pay the amount only at your destination.
Tuk-tuk hiring place in Matara bus station
Tuk-tuk hiring place in Matara bus station

Travelers can have another option where several social media groups have share taxi rides with each other. You can just join those groups and try to share rides among backpackers. Please join social media below groups:
- Journey to Sri Lanka (Backpacking / Tourism / Information Hub)
- South Sri Lanka Surf Community
- Sri Lanka Taxi Share & Service
- Backpacking Sri Lanka / Taxi Service / Hotel Bookings

Additionally above options travelers can join several Telegram/WhatsApp group among Sri Lankan taxi service providers where they share / update their details, especially drivers who has got empty ride way back to different locations. Join below groups:
- Tourist Help Line Sri Lanka - Telegram group
- Sri Lanka Taxi - WhatsApp group
- Hikkaduwa Airport Drops - WhatsApp group

Minimum cost for Matara to Weligama would be 12 USD. This amount will be change according to the route, vehicle type, passengers. You can book a taxi to Weligama from Matara via this form.

Different ways to visit Weligama from Matara in Google Maps

Below map include the different ways come to Weligama from Matara, Sri Lanka including bus routes, train and taxi routes.

Following details may helpful, if you hope to visit Weligama from various other tourist destinations around this lovely Island.

From Colombo Airport (CMB) to Weligama
From Colombo to Weligama
From Hikkaduwa to Weligama
From Galle to Weligama
From Matara to Weligama
From Hiriketiya to Weligama
From Yala to Weligama
From Udawalawe to Weligama
From Ella to Weligama
From Kandy to Weligama
From Sigiriya to Weligama
From Arugambay to Weligama
From Kalpitiya to Weligama

Last Updated on: 2019/05/30