From Colombo Fort to Galle by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Colombo Fort
3h 15m ride in train #8050, First Class seat
Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended Fastest
Colombo Fort
2h 8m ride in train #8056, 1st Class Seat

From Colombo to Galle by Taxis

Refundable Recommended
2h 15m taxi ride in Comfort
2h 20m taxi ride in Van 8pax

Colombo Fort to Galle Schedule

Colombo Fort to Galle Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 - 02:15LKR 13,687
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 06:55 - 10:10LKR 3,446
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 14:25 - 16:33LKR 3,264

Colombo Fort to Galle destination reviews

15 customer reviews
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 5, 2019
This review is based on the purchase of tickets and support provided by 12GoAsia. Unfortunately there was a country wide rail strike so we could not actually take the train. The support and communication provided by 12GoAsia was excellent. I would certainly use them again.
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 26, 2019
The actual train trip was fantastic and there were no issues with the tickets provided by 12go once on board the train. However, we paid for the train tickets to be dropped off at our hotel in advance of our journey, minimising the stress of having to locate the 12go office. Despite numerous assurances that our train tickets would be delivered on time, they were not. Given our train journey was on Sunday and the office is closed, this caused considerable stress as to whether we should go to the 12go office/go to Colombo station to buy more tickets. 12go in fact assured us the tickets had been dropped off on the Friday, this was a lie. The tickets were safely delivered on Saturday much to our relief. Given that trying to locate anywhere in Colombo is difficult, we do have some sympathy. On the whole, would use again.
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 30, 2019
Got the best seats in 1st class, our first views of Sei Lanka were fantastic. Good customer service from 12go. Thank you
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 19, 2019
Lovely scenery. But do not expect 1 st class European standards
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 11, 2019
Everything ran smoothly with our train tickets. A driver from 12goasia had picked us up from the airport and brought the tickets with which saved us a trip to their office. I would recommend.
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 24, 2019
Initially it is easy to book your tickets with 12GoAsia, but after receiving confirmation of my request, I didn’t receive any further information and couldn’t contact them. On reaching Colombo I phoned the Agents who had the tickets. A tuktuk ride to collect them. It’s a complicated system but it works.
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 10, 2019
Communication was good with company. Though they said they could reserve them got another message saying 10 days. Yes their markup is almost double the price of ticket. Then another $10 for delivery to hotel on the day I arrived. So yes you pay for their services but I also had a great train ride with tickets in hand. No stressing if I could get a ticket at the station. I would do it again for the convenience
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 28, 2019
As other reviewers have said, the process of booking through is not straightforward. I am not sure how much this is their issue or the difficulties of dealing with Sri Lankan railways. Despite being promised my voucher (not the ticket itself) between 10 and 30 days before travel, my voucher arrived less than three days in advance, making it necessary for me to pay extra for the tickets to be delivered to the hotel. However the company did deliver on time and the online support staff responded quickly efficiently to my enquiries. The rail trip itself was enjoyable and just about punctual, but on balance not worth the troubles involved in booking or the cost. Hopefully, Sri Lanka Railways will allow online booking soon.
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 22, 2019
All worked well and the train was on time. Although it was a pain having to pick the tickets up from Stef Lanka as it is in the suburbs at the edge of Colombo. It took us a half an hour in a tuk tuk to get there.
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 16, 2019
I booked 3 sets of tickets for first class seats. Communication is not good at booking stage that confirmation can take some time with the railway company and that you need actual tickets not just printouts. but I continued to contact 12go support about getting the confirmations and arranging delivery of the tickets to our hotel. They were all eventually confirmed and delivered. So if you are prepared to do a bit of follow up with 12go and want it organised before you go and prepared to pay high price for that peace of mind then all good. Book well in advance if you can!

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How to get from Colombo Fort to Galle

When you want to get from Colombo Fort to Galle, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Train. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 16,529. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 3,262.

How far is Colombo Fort from Galle?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo Fort to Galle. Your trip will be a total of 102 miles (163 km). The flying distance is 68 miles (108 km).

How long does it take to get from Colombo Fort to Galle?

The travel time from Colombo Fort to Galle can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 4 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo Fort to Galle?

The cost of the trip from Colombo Fort to Galle varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sri Lanka Railways: travelling by train expect to pay as low as LKR 3,262 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as LKR 16,529.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Colombo Fort to Galle:

  • Train tickets - LKR 3,262 to LKR 3,444;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 13,679 to LKR 16,529.

How many trips per day are there between Colombo Fort and Galle?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 2 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Colombo to Galle any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo to Galle. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as LKR 13,679.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Colombo Fort to Galle

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo Fort to Galle? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 1000 users enjoyed a train ride.