From Colombo Fort to Jaffna by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended Fastest
Colombo Fort
6h 6m ride in train #4021, 1st Class Seat
Jaffna Train Station

From Wellawatte to Jaffna by Buses

Instant Recommended
Wellawatte, Colombo
11h 10m bus ride in VIP 32
Jaffna Bus Station

From Galleface to Jaffna by Buses

Instant Recommended
Galleface, Colombo
10h 50m bus ride in VIP 32
Jaffna Bus Station

Colombo Fort to Jaffna Schedule

Colombo Fort to Jaffna Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:45 - 11:51LKR 4,252
Avro Travels VIP 32 22:20 - 09:10LKR 2,350

Colombo Fort to Jaffna destination reviews

8 customer reviews
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Mar 31, 2019
Someone said the bus was comfortable and as a regular user of luxury coaches to and from London,I did not believe him. I was wrong. This was very comfortable ride. The driving,as a coach driver myself,was excellent. Help from Go Asia was perfect right from booking to stepping on the coach. The pit stop was amazing. Toilets there were spotless.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 16, 2019
I have found 12go very easy to deal with. The booking was made and due to circumstances it was best for me to have the ticket delivered to my hotel. It was waiting for me when I checked in. The only suggestion I can make is to offer the booking code option where you can just go to the railway station with a code provided and pick up the ticket there. I used this option with another provider.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 7, 2019
Great service, secured ticket I wanted & paid extra for hotel delivery. Train very punctual, fairly modern, seat comfortable & decent sized windows in carriage.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 24, 2019
12goasia service was good, although a little expensive, but we knew that beforehand. If you want te be sure of a reserved seat, before going to Sri Lanka, it is the best option. Instruction were clear about where and how to collect the tickets.

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo Fort to Jaffna

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

  • Bus
  • Train

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 Bus ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 4,255. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LKR 2,350.

How far is Colombo Fort from Jaffna?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo Fort to Jaffna. Your trip will be a total of 348 miles (559 km). The flying distance is 191 miles (307 km).

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

The travel time from Colombo Fort to Jaffna can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 7 to 12 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Colombo Fort to Jaffna varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Avro Travels (Avro Travels): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as LKR 2,350 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a train - a one-way train ticket can cost as much as LKR 4,255.

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

  • Bus tickets - LKR 2,350 to LKR 2,350;
  • Train tickets - LKR 4,255 to LKR 4,255;

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 20:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:20. There are 2 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Colombo to Jaffna is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.


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 Jaffna

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo Fort to Jaffna? 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:

  • 744 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 256 decided to go for a bus.