There are 8 ways to get from Trincomalee to Colombo by night train, taxi, bus, train, car or plane

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Night train, taxi, bus  •  8 h 51 min

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

$42 - $59

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Night train, train  •  8 h 50 min

  1. Take the night train from Trincomalee to Galoya Junction Night Mail Train
  2. Take the train from Galoya Junction to Colombo Fort Express Train

$1 - $5

6 alternative options

Night train  •  16 h

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

$1 - $5

Taxi  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Take a taxi from Trincomalee to Colombo 162.6 miles

$95 - $120

Drive  •  4 h 16 min

  1. Drive from Trincomalee to Colombo 162.6 miles

$19 - $29

Taxi to Batticaloa, fly to Diyawanna Oya  •  3 h 30 min

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

$86 - $338

Taxi to Katugastota, fly to Diyawanna Oya  •  3 h 40 min

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

$97 - $345

Night train to Sigiriya, fly to Colombo  •  5 h 12 min

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

$236 - $571

Questions & Answers

Yes, there is an overnight train departing from Trincomalee and arriving at Colombo Fort. This train operates every day. The journey takes approximately 16 h.

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The distance between Trincomalee and Colombo is 238 km. The road distance is 260.2 km.

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The best way to get from Trincomalee to Colombo without a car is to night train and taxi and bus which takes 8 h 51 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 8 h 51 min to get from Trincomalee to Colombo, including transfers.

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

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

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

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Yes, the driving distance between Trincomalee to Colombo is 260 km. It takes approximately 4 h 16 min to drive from Trincomalee to Colombo.

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

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There are 1189+ hotels available in Colombo. Prices start at $25 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Trincomalee to Colombo.
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  • Distance: 148.6 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 51 min

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

There is no direct connection from Trincomalee to Colombo. However, you can take the night train to Kekirawa, take the taxi to Palavi, then take the bus to Pettah CTB. Alternatively, you can take a vehicle from Trincomalee to Colombo via Galoya Junction in around 8 h 50 min.

Airlines
Cinnamon Air
Website
cinnamonair.com
Flights from Batticaloa to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$29 - $270
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
Flights from Sigiriya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$25 - $260
SriLankan Airlines
Website
srilankan.com
Flights from Katugastota to Diyawanna Oya
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$340 - $550
Flights from Sigiriya to Colombo
Ave. Duration
30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $950
Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Website
railway.gov.lk
Night train from Trincomalee to Kekirawa
Ave. Duration
3 h 1 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 Trincomalee to Galoya Junction
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
Train from Galoya Junction to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$1 - $4
Schedules at
eservices.railway.gov.lk
3rd Class
$1 - $2
2nd Class
$1 - $2
1st Class
$3 - $4
Night train from Trincomalee to Colombo Fort
Ave. Duration
16 h
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
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
Phone
+94 011-2587372
Email
info@ntc.gov.lk
Website
ntc.gov.lk
Bus from Palavi to Pettah CTB
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 Kekirawa to Palavi
Ave. Duration
1 h 59 min
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Sri Derana
Phone
+94 81 4 915915
Website
sriderana.com

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