Galle to Colombo

Galle to Colombo

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Galle to Colombo Schedule

Galle to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lakpura Comfort Any time$ 99
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:47 - 08:43$ 15

Transportation from Galle to Colombo

Galle to Colombo Destination Reviews

Comfortable and efficient journey. Train ran a bit late, but not too much by Indian/Sri Lankan standards.
Train #8057 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Lovely trip - comfortable
Train #8051 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 14, 2019
My rating concerns the service by 12GoAsia. The train travel is very poor: no AC in first class, late, very rough ride, outdated carriages.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 16, 2019
It was not easy to get tickets in Sri Lanka. I thought the tickets could be sent to our hotel in Colombo but they weren't sent until late so were sent to our hotel in Galle instead. First class seats are very basic. The train was very noisy. I would recommend paying extra for priority support.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 7, 2019
We appreciated comfortable seats with legroom. Windows open were nice for the views of beach and jungle. The train car was very dirty. The bathroom was very poor.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 5, 2019
Not recommended. I bought 28/12 15:30 tickets from Galle to Colombo and make additional payment for delivering the tickets to hotel at Galle on 27/12. When we arrive our hotel at Galle on 27/12 16:00, the hotel owner told us no tickets are received. And then we try to find the telephone number to call the support office but fail, we note that we can only communicate via email. I sent the email immediately, after 1.5 hours (nearly 18:00), we got response and said we can receive the ticket by 12:00 noon on 28/12 (train departure date) and telephone number of operator is given to us for follow up. Then in the morning of 28/12 after 9 am, we call the operator but no one answered the phone. We were so concerned if we can got the ticket or not. We cancell the morning schedule and wait at the hotel. As time passed, no one showed at 12:00 noon (promised time), and then we waited for 20 minutes more and left the hotel. After we left, the hotel owner informed us they received the tickets for us. Do you know the feeling when you just receive the tickets after 12:00 noon but the train will depart at 15:30. In addition, we need to pay for IDD calls (phone call to operator) (no charged by 12 go asia, but our phone carrier)
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 31, 2018
12 customer reviews

How to get from Galle to Colombo

When you want to get from Galle to Colombo, 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 Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi 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 USD 103.49. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 5.00.

How far is Galle from Colombo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Galle to Colombo. Your trip will be a total of 79 miles (126 km). The flying distance is 69 miles (111 km).

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

The travel time from Galle to Colombo can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 3 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Galle to Colombo varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sri Lanka Railway: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 5.00 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 USD 103.49.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 5.00 to USD 18.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 67.00 to USD 103.00.

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

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

  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Galle to Colombo 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 Galle to Colombo. 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 USD 67.00.

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 Galle to Colombo

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

  • 98% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 2% decided to catch a taxi.