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There are 4 ways to get from Colombo to Vavuniya by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  4h 20m

  1. Take the train from Fort Station to Vavuniya Colombo

Rs. 410 - Rs. 700

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Bus  •  7h

  1. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Vavuniya Colombo / ...

Rs. 260 - Rs. 350

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Taxi  •  4h 20m

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Vavuniya 253.6 km

Rs. 21000 - Rs. 26000

Drive  •  4h 20m

  1. Drive from Colombo to Vavuniya 253.6 km

Rs. 3700 - Rs. 5500

Colombo to Vavuniya by train

The train journey time between Colombo and Vavuniya is around 5h 14m and covers a distance of around 255 km. The fastest train normally takes 4h 20m. Operated by Sri Lanka Railways, the Colombo to Vavuniya train service departs from Fort Station and arrives in Vavuniya. Typically 48 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Colombo to Vavuniya train schedules

Colombo → Vavuniya
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Yes, travel within Sri Lanka is currently allowed.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 1 metre
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Vavuniya is 1912.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Vavuniya is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Vavuniya is 1 metre.

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Last updated: 8 May 2021
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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Vavuniya is to bus which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 350 and takes 7h.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Vavuniya is to train which costs Rs. 410 - Rs. 700 and takes 4h 20m.

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Yes, there is a direct bus departing from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal and arriving at Vavuniya. Services depart hourly, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 7h.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Fort Station station and arriving at Vavuniya. Services depart every four hours, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 4h 20m.

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It is 214 km from Colombo to Vavuniya. It is approximately 253.6 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Vavuniya without a car is to train which takes 4h 20m and costs Rs. 410 - Rs. 700.

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The train from Fort Station to Vavuniya takes 4h 20m including transfers and departs every four hours.

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Colombo to Vavuniya bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, depart from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal station.

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Colombo to Vavuniya train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Fort Station.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Vavuniya is to train which takes 4h 20m and costs Rs. 410 - Rs. 700. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 350 and takes 7h.

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  • Distance: 214.2 km
  • Duration: 4h 20m

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Fort Station to Vavuniya every 4 hours. Tickets cost Rs. 410 - Rs. 700 and the journey takes 4h 20m. Alternatively, National Transport Commission operates a bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Vavuniya hourly. Tickets cost Rs. 260 - Rs. 350 and the journey takes 7h.

Train operators
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Vavuniya
Ave. Duration
7h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
Rs. 260 - Rs. 350
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
Rs. 260 - Rs. 350
Semi Lux
Rs. 430 - Rs. 550
AirCon
Rs. 550 - Rs. 650
Super Lux
Rs. 953
Other operators
Taxi from Colombo to Vavuniya
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Estimated price
Rs. 21000 - Rs. 26000
Kangaroo Cabs
Phone
+94 11 25 88 588
Website
2588588.com
Colombo Taxi
Phone
+94 11 43 43 475
Website
colombotaxicabs.com
Budget Taxi
Phone
+94 11 72 99 299
Website
budgettaxilk.com

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Colombo to Vavuniya bus services, operated by National Transport Commission, arrive at Vavuniya station.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Vavuniya is 254 km. It takes approximately 4h 20m to drive from Colombo to Vavuniya.

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There are three+ hotels available in Vavuniya. Prices start at Rs. 17500 per night.

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