Galle to Colombo

Galle to Colombo

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Galle to Colombo Destination Reviews

Train #8057 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Comfortable and efficient journey. Train ran a bit late, but not too much by Indian/Sri Lankan standards.
Train #8051 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 14, 2019
Lovely trip - comfortable
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 16, 2019
My rating concerns the service by 12GoAsia. The train travel is very poor: no AC in first class, late, very rough ride, outdated carriages.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 7, 2019
It was not easy to get tickets in Sri Lanka. I thought the tickets could be sent to our hotel in Colombo but they weren't sent until late so were sent to our hotel in Galle instead. First class seats are very basic. The train was very noisy. I would recommend paying extra for priority support.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 5, 2019
We appreciated comfortable seats with legroom. Windows open were nice for the views of beach and jungle. The train car was very dirty. The bathroom was very poor.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 31, 2018
Not recommended. I bought 28/12 15:30 tickets from Galle to Colombo and make additional payment for delivering the tickets to hotel at Galle on 27/12. When we arrive our hotel at Galle on 27/12 16:00, the hotel owner told us no tickets are received. And then we try to find the telephone number to call the support office but fail, we note that we can only communicate via email. I sent the email immediately, after 1.5 hours (nearly 18:00), we got response and said we can receive the ticket by 12:00 noon on 28/12 (train departure date) and telephone number of operator is given to us for follow up. Then in the morning of 28/12 after 9 am, we call the operator but no one answered the phone. We were so concerned if we can got the ticket or not. We cancell the morning schedule and wait at the hotel. As time passed, no one showed at 12:00 noon (promised time), and then we waited for 20 minutes more and left the hotel. After we left, the hotel owner informed us they received the tickets for us. Do you know the feeling when you just receive the tickets after 12:00 noon but the train will depart at 15:30. In addition, we need to pay for IDD calls (phone call to operator) (no charged by 12 go asia, but our phone carrier)
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How to get from Galle to Colombo by Train

Taking a train to get from Galle to Colombo is a safe, fast, and scenic option to travel the country. On certain routes, there are multiple train departures per day every 10 to 15 minutes. This is typical for intercity travel, while for long distance train routes there are fewer scheduled departures โ€“ plan ahead to choose the one that fits your itinerary best.

For long distance train journeys, we recommend reserving your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Buying train tickets via our online booking system will allow you to choose and reserve the best Galle to Colombo tickets.

Buying your tickets online will help you secure the trip on the selected date and avoid queuing at the station.. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to a much higher demand. During high season, train tickets sell out quickly โ€“ do book as early as you can.

How far is it from Galle to Colombo?

Travelling by train, the distance from Galle to Colombo is 79 miles. Before setting
on for a train journey, have a look at the map to find out what tourist spots or landmarks you will pass by โ€“ maybe they are worth a quick stop?

How long does it take to get from Galle to Colombo by Train?

Travel time from Galle to Colombo is estimated to be about 1h 40m. Trains ensure the fastest time to travel by land. As normally there is no congestion, the speed of travel is more or less constant and stops at train stations are rather short, train is almost always one of the quickest and safest ways to get from Galle and Colombo.

The most important thing that may affect train travel time is the type of train. Ordinary trains travel at a speed of about 40 mph or 65 km/h to 65 mph or 105 km/h. Some intercity trains with shorter distances between stations run slower than 40 mph. Even with these low speeds, it can still be faster than commuting by car, bus or taxi.

The speed of express trains can reach up to 100 mph or 160 km/h. Modern high-speed trains can run at speeds exceeding 250 mph or 400 km/h.

These speeds of travel together with relatively short stops between stations can greatly shorten the duration of your trip.

How much does it cost to get from Galle to Colombo by Train?

The train ticket price from Galle to Colombo varies depending on the types of trains or carriages available.

Some trains feature different types of carriages, seats and berths offering various amenities and level of comfort.

Basic passenger trains which are often non-air-conditioned and have wooden, hard or old seats are normally cheap. Premium or luxury trains and coaches have a higher ticket price but are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and large soft seats with sufficient legroom to make train rides comfortable.

Considering the distance travelled, train is the most affordable means of transport. Also, ticket prices include 2 or 3 bags โ€“ sometimes even more โ€“ per passenger.

Galle to Colombo timetable

Trains are great for long-distance travel. Double-check your travel itinerary and use the Galle to Colombo timetable above with train departure times and arrival times to find the best train for your route.

Best-Rated Companies for this Route

Unlike buses or taxis which have numerous companies offering their services, train service is usually offered by just one major company in each country. As railway service requires a large amount of infrastructure, most railway companies are government-owned and are a part of the national transport system.

One of the best advantages of travelling by train is that railway stations are often conveniently located within or very near major cities and urban areas. Immediately on arrival to their destination, travellers find themselves in close proximity to important facilities like hotels, supermarkets, and hospitals.

If you travel with a lot of bags and luggage, trains are your best option. Luggage weight limits on trains are rather flexible and allow you to carry multiple bags with you.

Special or luxury trains feature sufficient legroom which allows you to stretch your legs and relax. In comfort and space these train seats can be compared to business class airplane seats.

Similar to buses, trains can provide a variety of amenities to make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Modern trains have WIFI service, a snack counter and a drinking bar. Onboard toilets can be a life saver for travellers with queasy stomachs.

Lastly, unlike buses and other overland means of transport, trains are very rarely involved in accidents.