There are 8 ways to get from Colombo to Trincomalee by train, night train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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Train, night train  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Galoya Junction Express Train
  2. Take the night train from Galoya Junction to Trincomalee Night Mail Train

$2 - $6

Cheapest option

Night train  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Trincomalee Night Mail Train

$1 - $6

6 alternative options

Bus, taxi, night train  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Palavi 4-7 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Palavi to Kekirawa
  3. Take the night train from Kekirawa to Trincomalee

$42 - $58

Taxi  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Trincomalee 162.6 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Trincomalee 162.6 miles

$19 - $29

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa, taxi  •  3 h 27 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Batticaloa (BTC) DWO - BTC
  2. Take a taxi from Batticaloa to Trincomalee

$76 - $279

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota, taxi  •  3 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Trincomalee

$81 - $229

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya, night train  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU
  2. Take the night train from Galoya Junction to Trincomalee

$238 - $572

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to night train which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 900 and takes 15 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 12000 - Rs. 47000 and takes 3 h 27 min.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Trincomalee. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 30 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Trincomalee is 238 km. The road distance is 260.1 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee without a car is to train and night train which takes 8 h 21 min and costs Rs. 370 - Rs. 1100.

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It takes approximately 8 h 21 min to get from Colombo to Trincomalee, including transfers.

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Colombo to Trincomalee train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Colombo Fort station.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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Colombo to Trincomalee train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Trincomalee station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Trincomalee is 260 km. It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to drive from Colombo to Trincomalee.

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Map of how to get from Colombo to Trincomalee.
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  • Distance: 148.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 21 min

What companies run services between Colombo, Sri Lanka and Trincomalee, Sri Lanka?

There is no direct connection from Colombo to Trincomalee. However, you can take the train to Galoya Junction then take the night train to Trincomalee. Alternatively, you can take the bus to Palavi, take the taxi to Kekirawa, then take the night train to Trincomalee.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Galoya Junction
Ave. Duration
5 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$3 - $4
Night train from Galoya Junction to Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
1 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Night train from Kekirawa to Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Night train from Colombo Fort to Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $6
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $6
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB to Palavi
Ave. Duration
3 h 35 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Palavi to Kekirawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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