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There are 7 ways to get from Colombo to Trincomalee by bus, taxi, train, car or plane

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Bus, taxi, train  •  9 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from Pettah CTB to Palavi 4-7 / ...
  2. Take a taxi from Palavi to Kekirawa
  3. Take the train from Kekirawa to Trincomalee

$42 - $58

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Train  •  15 h 30 min

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

$1 - $5

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Taxi  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Take a taxi from Colombo to Trincomalee 162.6 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  4 h 12 min

  1. Drive from Colombo to Trincomalee 162.6 miles

$19 - $29

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

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Batticaloa (BTC) DWO - BTC
  2. Take a taxi from Batticaloa to Trincomalee

$76 - $279

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

  1. Fly from Diyawanna Oya (DWO) to Katugastota (KDZ) DWO - KDZ
  2. Take a taxi from Katugastota to Trincomalee

$81 - $229

Fly Colombo to Sigiriya, train  •  5 h 57 min

  1. Fly from Colombo (CMB) to Sigiriya (GIU) CMB - GIU
  2. Take the train from Galoya Junction to Trincomalee

$237 - $572

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The cheapest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to train which costs Rs. 260 - Rs. 900 and takes 15 h 30 min.

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The quickest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee is to fly and taxi which costs Rs. 13000 - Rs. 49000 and takes 3 h 27 min.

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Yes, there is a direct train departing from Colombo Fort and arriving at Trincomalee. Services depart once daily, and operate every day. The journey takes approximately 15 h 30 min.

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The distance between Colombo and Trincomalee is 238 km. The road distance is 260.1 km.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee without a car is to bus and taxi and train which takes 9 h 37 min and costs Rs. 7000 - Rs. 10000.

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It takes approximately 9 h 37 min to get from Colombo to Trincomalee, including transfers.

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Colombo to Trincomalee train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Colombo Fort station.

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The quickest flight from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport is the direct flight which takes 45 min.

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Colombo to Trincomalee is 260 km. It takes approximately 4 h 12 min to drive from Colombo to Trincomalee.

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  • Distance: 148.6 miles
  • Duration: 9 h 37 min

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

Sri Lanka Railways operates a train from Colombo to Trincomalee once daily. Tickets cost $1 - $5 and the journey takes 15 h 30 min.

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
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
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
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Train from Kekirawa to Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
3 h 3 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $2
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1
2nd Class
$1
1st Class
$1 - $2
Train from Colombo Fort to Trincomalee
Ave. Duration
15 h 30 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
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
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 - $2
Super Lux
$3
Other operators
Taxi from Palavi to Kekirawa
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Casons Rent-A-Car
Phone
+94 11 4 405070
Website
casonscar.com

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Cinnamon Air offers flights from Diyawanna Oya Airport to Batticaloa Airport.

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There are 276+ hotels available in Trincomalee. Prices start at $16 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Colombo to Diyawanna Oya Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs Rs. 550 - Rs. 700.

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