There are 8 ways to get from Galle to Jaffna by train, bus, 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.

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Train  •  9 h 28 min

  1. Take the train from Galle to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil A.C. - Intercity / ...

$10 - $19

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Train, night train  •  17 h 18 min

  1. Take the train from Galle to Colombo Fort Express Train / ...
  2. Take the night train from Colombo Fort to Jaffna Night Mail Train

$3 - $10

6 alternative options

Bus, train  •  11 h 51 min

  1. Take the bus from Galle Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal 32-1
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil A.C. - Intercity / ...

$10 - $19

Drive  •  8 h

  1. Drive from Galle to Jaffna 314.1 miles

$35 - $55

Fly Koggala to Katugastota, train  •  7 h 28 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Katugastota (KDZ) KCT - KDZ
  2. Take the train from Kurunegala to Kokuvil

$213 - $397

Fly Koggala to Diyawanna Oya, train  •  8 h 35 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Diyawanna Oya (DWO) KCT - DWO
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil

$38 - $230

Fly Koggala to Colombo, train  •  9 h 52 min

  1. Fly from Koggala (KCT) to Colombo (CMB) KCT - CMB
  2. Take the train from Colombo Fort to Kokuvil

$247 - $517

Train to Diyawanna Oya, fly to Katugastota, train  •  10 h 12 min

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

$43 - $185

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Galle to Jaffna is to train and night train which costs Rs. 440 - Rs. 1700 and takes 17 h 18 min.

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The quickest way to get from Galle to Jaffna is to fly and train which costs Rs. 35000 - Rs. 70000 and takes 7 h 28 min.

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No, there is no direct train from Galle to Jaffna. However, there are services departing from Galle and arriving at Jaffna via Colombo Fort. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 17 h 18 min.

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The distance between Galle and Jaffna is 404 km. The road distance is 502.6 km.

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The best way to get from Galle to Jaffna without a car is to train which takes 9 h 28 min and costs Rs. 1600 - Rs. 3200.

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It takes approximately 9 h 28 min to get from Galle to Jaffna, including transfers.

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Galle to Jaffna train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Galle station.

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The quickest flight from Koggala Airport to Katugastota Airport is the direct flight which takes 30 min.

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Map of how to get from Galle to Jaffna.
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  • Distance: 252.8 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 28 min

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

You can take a train from Galle to Jaffna via Colombo Fort and Kokuvil in around 9 h 28 min.

Airlines
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Koggala to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $350
Flights from Koggala to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from Diyawanna Oya to Katugastota
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $290
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Koggala to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$19 - $200
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 Galle to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
1 h 48 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $3
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $3
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 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $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 - $2
2nd Class
$2 - $4
1st Class
$5 - $8
Train from Kurunegala to Kokuvil
Ave. Duration
4 h 51 min
Frequency
Twice 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 Galle Bus Station to Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
ntc.gov.lk
Standard
$1 - $2
Semi Lux
$1 - $2
AirCon
$1 - $2
Super Lux
$3

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