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From Colombo Fort to Jaffna by train

05:45
Colombo Fort
11:51
Jaffna Train Station
6h 6m
06:35
Colombo Fort
14:37
Jaffna Train Station
8h 2m
06:35
Colombo Fort
14:37
Jaffna Train Station
8h 2m
11:50
Colombo Fort
18:15
Jaffna Train Station
6h 25m
11:50
Colombo Fort
18:15
Jaffna Train Station
6h 25m
11:50
Colombo Fort
18:15
Jaffna Train Station
6h 25m
15:55
Colombo Fort
21:57
Jaffna Train Station
6h 2m
15:55
Colombo Fort
21:57
Jaffna Train Station
6h 2m
15:55
Colombo Fort
21:57
Jaffna Train Station
6h 2m

From Wellawatte to Jaffna by bus

22:00
Wellawatte, Colombo
09:10
Jaffna Bus Station
11h 10m
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From Galleface to Jaffna by bus

22:20
Galleface, Colombo
09:10
Jaffna Bus Station
10h 50m
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Colombo to Jaffna Schedule

Colombo to Jaffna Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:45 – 11:51LKR 4,283
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:35 – 14:37LKR 4,283
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:50 – 18:15LKR 4,283
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 15:55 – 21:57LKR 4,283

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo to Jaffna

When you want to get from Colombo 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 4,283. 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 from Jaffna?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo to Jaffna. Your trip will be a total of 248 miles (398 km). The flying distance is 191 miles (307 km).

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

The travel time from Colombo 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 to Jaffna?

The cost of the trip from Colombo 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 4,283.

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

  • Bus tickets - LKR 2,350 to LKR 2,350;
  • Train tickets - LKR 3,453 to LKR 4,283;

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 7 trains per day.
  • Buses start plying the route from 22:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:20. There are 2 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

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.

Trains

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 to Jaffna

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

  • 75% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 25% decided to go for a bus.