Colombo to Trincomalee

Colombo to Trincomalee

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Colombo to Trincomalee Schedule

Colombo to Trincomalee Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 8pax Any time$ 168.85
Tuktukdude Leisure Shuttle + Safari Drive 08:00 - 20:00$ 96
Avro Travels VIP 32 22:30 - 04:55$ 7.92

Transportation from Colombo to Trincomalee

Colombo to Trincomalee Destination Reviews

Driver helped me with directions and tuk tuk at the end of the journey
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels (Avro Travels), Apr 7, 2022
Arrived on the correct minute
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels (Avro Travels), Nov 22, 2019
Comfortable bus, helpful staff. Journey took less than planned :)
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels (Avro Travels), Jun 11, 2019
Very helpful, helped us a lot.
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels (Avro Travels), Mar 26, 2019
The bus stop isnt where marled on the map. We nearly missed the bus because of this. The bus waits about 15 meters down from the main road in Frazer Avenue
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels (Avro Travels), Nov 27, 2018
15 customer reviews

How to get from Colombo to Trincomalee

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

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Van 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 69,428. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LKR 2,850.

How far is Colombo from Trincomalee?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo to Trincomalee. Your trip will be a total of 169 miles (271 km). The flying distance is 150 miles (240 km).

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

The travel time from Colombo to Trincomalee can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 5 to 12 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo to Trincomalee?

The cost of the trip from Colombo to Trincomalee varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Avro Travels: travelling by bus expect to pay as low as LKR 2,850 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 69,428.

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

  • Bus tickets - LKR 2,850 to LKR 2,850;
  • Train tickets - LKR 8,274 to LKR 8,274;
  • Van price : LKR 34,534;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 55,758 to LKR 69,428.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 22:30 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:30. There are 1 available bus trips every day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Colombo to Trincomalee 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.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee. 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 55,758.

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.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Colombo to Trincomalee. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Colombo to Trincomalee.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Colombo to Trincomalee

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

  • 50% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 47% decided to go for a bus.
  • 3% opted for a van.
  • 1% Other