There are 5 ways to get from Colombo to Talaimannar by bus, taxi, train, night train or car

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

Bus, taxi  •  9 h 3 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB Main Bus Stop to Kalpitiya 7
  2. Take a taxi from Kalpitiya to Talaimannar

$91 - $112

Cheapest option

Night train  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar Long Distance

$1 - $7

3 alternative options

Train  •  8 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar Pier Long Distance

$7 - $14

Taxi  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Talaimannar 197.3 miles

$120 - $150

Drive  •  5 h 44 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Talaimannar 197.3 miles

$23 - $35

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Talaimannar once daily. Tickets cost $2 - $7 and the journey takes 8 h 55 min.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar Pier
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$2 - $7
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $7
Night train from Colombo Fort to Talaimannar
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $7
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $3
1st Class
$4 - $7
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Pettah CTB Main Bus Stop to Kalpitiya
Ave. Duration
4 h 35 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $3
AirCon
$2 - $3
Super Lux
$5
Other operators
Taxi from Kalpitiya to Talaimannar
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
Estimated price
$90 - $110
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Colombo and Talaimannar is 240 km. The road distance is 316 km.

The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Talaimannar is to night train which costs Rs. 300 - Rs. 1000 and takes 15 h 30 min.

The quickest way to get from Colombo to Talaimannar is to taxi which takes 5 h 44 min and costs Rs. 19000 - Rs. 24000.

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

It takes approximately 9 h 3 min to get from Colombo to Talaimannar, including transfers.