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There are 9 ways to get from Colombo to Trincomalee by train, night train, bus, taxi, car or plane

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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
Avg. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$23 - $210
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Avg. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$26 - $260
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Avg. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Avg. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Avg. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
Flights from Colombo to Sigiriya
Avg. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Avg. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Avg. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $360
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Galoya Junction
Avg. Duration
5 h 31 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $5
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$3 - $5
Night train from Galoya Junction to Trincomalee
Avg. 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
Avg. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
Night train from Colombo Fort to Trincomalee
Avg. 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
Avg. 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 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi
Avg. Duration
1 h 59 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

How far is it from Colombo to Trincomalee?

The distance between Colombo and Trincomalee is 238 km. The road distance is 260 km.

What is the cheapest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee?

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to night train which costs Rs. 650 and takes 15 hours 30 minutes.

What is the fastest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee?

The quickest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to fly and taxi which takes 3 hours 27 minutes and costs Rs. 30000.

Is there a direct train between Colombo and Trincomalee?

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

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

It takes approximately 8 hours 21 minutes to get from Colombo to Trincomalee, including transfers.