There are 9 ways to get from Colombo to Trincomalee by train, night train, bus, taxi, 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, night train  •  8 h 21 min

  1. Express Train
  2. Night Mail Train

$2 - $6

Cheapest option

Night train  •  15 h 30 min

  1. Night Mail Train

$1 - $6

7 alternative options

Bus, taxi, night train  •  9 h 37 min

  1. 4-7 / ...

$47 - $64

Taxi  •  4 h 12 min

  1. 162.6 miles

$100 - $130

Drive  •  4 h 12 min

  1. 162.6 miles

$19 - $29

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

  1. DWO - BTC

$82 - $284

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

  1. DWO - KDZ

$87 - $234

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

  1. CMB - GIU

$239 - $574

Fly Diyawanna Oya to Hatton, taxi  •  4 h 56 min

  1. DWO - NUF

$122 - $324

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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$18 - $190
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Batticaloa
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $600
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
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Hatton
Ave. 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
Ave. 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
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 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
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 - $3
Super Lux
$4
Other operators
Taxi from Palavi to Kekirawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Estimated price
$45 - $60
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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Questions & Answers

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

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.

The quickest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to fly and taxi which takes 3 h 27 min and costs Rs. 12000 - Rs. 45000.

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.

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