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From Colombo Fort to Trincomalee by train

Colombo Fort

From Dehiwela Frazer Avenue to Trincomalee by bus

Dehiwela Frazer Avenue, Colombo
6h 25m

From Galleface to Trincomalee by bus

Galleface, Colombo
6h 5m

From Bampalapitty 7 Stories to Trincomalee by bus

Bampalapitty 7 Stories, Colombo
6h 15m

Colombo to Trincomalee Schedule

Colombo to Trincomalee Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Sleeper 21:30 – 05:30LKR 4,199
Avro Travels VIP 32 22:30 – 04:55LKR 1,850

Colombo to Trincomalee destination reviews

12 customer reviews
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Nov 22, 2019
Arrived on the correct minute
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Jun 11, 2019
Comfortable bus, helpful staff. Journey took less than planned :)
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Mar 26, 2019
Very helpful, helped us a lot.

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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

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Bus. 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 train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 4,205. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a bus as a bus ticket costs as low as LKR 1,850.

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 149 miles (239 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 7 to 8 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 (Avro Travels): travelling by bus expect to pay as low as LKR 1,850 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 4,205.

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

  • Bus tickets - LKR 1,850 to LKR 1,850;
  • Train tickets - LKR 4,205 to LKR 4,205;

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 22:50. There are 3 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 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.


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 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:

  • 58% decided to go for a bus.
  • 42% users enjoyed a train ride.