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From Trincomalee to Colombo by train

Colombo Fort
8h 30m

From Trincomalee to Colombo by bus

Galleface, Colombo
6h 5m
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Bampalapitty 7 Stories, Colombo
6h 15m
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Dehiwela Frazer Avenue, Colombo
6h 25m
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From Trincomalee to Colombo by taxi

Colombo Any Hotel
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Colombo Any Hotel
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Trincomalee to Colombo Schedule

Trincomalee to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 28,778
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Sleeper 19:00 – 03:30LKR 4,170
Avro Travels Tourist Bus 22:00 – 04:05LKR 1,850

Trincomalee to Colombo destination reviews

Bus Tourist bus, Avro Travels, Mar 6, 2020
The trip was great, on time, fast, everything was clear. The only thing which was uncomfortable.. We are tall, and there was really not enough space for our legs.
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Jan 10, 2020
The bus es a fine and ir mas punctual. But the pick up information was terrible. We got an address, coordinates and a photo of the place. They were all different. The address was far from the coordinates, we decided to go for the coordinates because it was where the photo showed. The photo was from the parking lot from food city. We wait there but the bus do not go there. It goes to a bus stop further down the street. We were lucky that we see the bus and go ask. Otherwise we would have lost it.
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How to get from Trincomalee to Colombo

When you want to get from Trincomalee to Colombo, 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 4,169. 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 Trincomalee from Colombo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Trincomalee to Colombo. Your trip will be a total of 265 miles (425 km). The flying distance is 143 miles (229 km).

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

The travel time from Trincomalee to Colombo can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 7 to 9 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Trincomalee 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 train - a one-way train ticket can cost as much as LKR 4,169.

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

  • Bus tickets - LKR 1,850 to LKR 1,850;
  • Train tickets - LKR 4,169 to LKR 4,169;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 28,778 to LKR 30,958.

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

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

  • Buses start plying the route from 22:00 - you can also take a bus as late as 22:00. There are 3 available bus trips every day.
  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

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

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Taking a bus from Trincomalee 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.


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Trincomalee 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 28,778.

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 Trincomalee to Colombo

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

  • 65% decided to go for a bus.
  • 35% users enjoyed a train ride.