There are 4 ways to get from Colombo to Jaffna by train, night train, car or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train  •  6 h 40 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil A.C. - Intercity / ...

$9 - $17

Cheapest option

Night train  •  14 h 30 min

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

$2 - $8

2 alternative options

Drive  •  6 h 51 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Jaffna 247.5 miles

$29 - $45

Fly, train  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take the train from Kurunegala to Kokuvil

$44 - $184

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Jaffna is to night train which costs Rs. 390 - Rs. 1300 and takes 14 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Jaffna is to train which takes 6 h 40 min and costs Rs. 1500 - Rs. 2700.

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The distance between Colombo and Jaffna is 305 km. The road distance is 396 km.

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It takes approximately 6 h 40 min to get from Colombo to Jaffna, including transfers.

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Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Jaffna. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 14 h 30 min.

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Jaffna twice daily. Tickets cost $2 - $8 and the journey takes 6 h 31 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$13 - $140
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$6 - $8
Night train from Colombo Fort to Jaffna
Ave. Duration
14 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $8
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $3
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$6 - $8
Train from Kurunegala to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$1 - $7
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $7

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