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From Jaffna Train Station to Colombo by train

04:05
Jaffna Train Station
10:24
Colombo Fort
6h 19m
04:05
Jaffna Train Station
10:07
Colombo Fort
6h 2m
04:05
Jaffna Train Station
10:24
Colombo Fort
6h 19m
05:10
Jaffna Train Station
13:05
Colombo Fort
7h 55m
05:10
Jaffna Train Station
11:35
Colombo Fort
6h 25m
05:10
Jaffna Train Station
13:05
Colombo Fort
7h 55m
09:35
Jaffna Train Station
18:32
Colombo Fort
8h 57m
09:35
Jaffna Train Station
18:32
Colombo Fort
8h 57m
13:45
Jaffna Train Station
20:00
Colombo Fort
6h 15m

From Jaffna Bus Station to Colombo by bus

20:00
Jaffna Bus Station
06:55
Galleface, Colombo
10h 55m
Instant  Refund 
20:00
Jaffna Bus Station
07:20
Wellawatte, Colombo
11h 20m
Instant  Refund 

From Jaffna to Colombo by taxi

Any
Jaffna
Time
Colombo Any Hotel
8h
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Jaffna
Time
Colombo Any Hotel
8h
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Jaffna to Colombo Schedule

Jaffna to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 41,572
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 04:05 – 10:24LKR 4,374
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:35 – 18:32LKR 4,374
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 13:45 – 20:00LKR 4,374
Avro Travels Tourist Bus 20:00 – 06:55LKR 1,850

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Jaffna to Colombo

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

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Taxi

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 taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 44,714. 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 Jaffna from Colombo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Jaffna to Colombo. Your trip will be a total of 353 miles (567 km). The flying distance is 193 miles (310 km).

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

The travel time from Jaffna to Colombo 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 Jaffna to Colombo?

The cost of the trip from Jaffna to Colombo 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 1,850 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 44,714.

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

  • Bus tickets - LKR 1,850 to LKR 1,850;
  • Train tickets - LKR 3,524 to LKR 4,371;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 41,554 to LKR 44,714.

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

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 20:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 20:00. There are 2 available bus trips every day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Jaffna to Colombo any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Jaffna to Colombo 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.

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Jaffna 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 LKR 41,554.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

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 Jaffna to Colombo

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

  • 91% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 9% decided to go for a bus.