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Colombo to Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Vavuniya by rail

Second Class is recommended on this route, as Third Class is too crowded.  The Colombo-Trincomalee line is 296 km.

Colombo ► Trincomalee, Batticaloa

 

 

Trincomalee, Batticaloa ► Colombo

Km Daily: 2,3,R 2,3 Sleeper Sleeper Daily: 2,3 2,3,R Sleeper Sleeper
0 Colombo (Fort) depart: 06:10 (06:10) 19:15 21:00 Trincomalee depart: 07:00 - 19:30 -
227 Galoya arrive/depart: 11:19 15:30 00:30 02:54 Batticaloa depart: | 07:15 | 20:15
260 Polonnaruwa arrive: 12:08 | 01:34 | Polonnaruwa depart: | | | 22:25
350 Batticaloa arrive: 14:20 | 04:00 | Galoya depart:: 08:50 10:15 21:55 23:20
296 Trincomalee arrive: - 17:20   05:10 Colombo (Fort) arrive: (15:25) 15:25 04:05 04:52

(06:10) = Depart Colombo 06:10, arrive Galoya 11:19, change trains, depart Galoya 15:30 for Trincomalee.

(15:25) = Arrive Colombo at 15:25, having changed at Galoya, arrive 08:50, depart 10:15.

ICE = InterCity Express. On this route ICEs have 2nd & 3rd class reserved seats & buffet car, plus a first class reserved seat car.

Sleeper = 1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments), 2nd & 3rd class reserved sleeperettes (reclining seats), 2nd & 3rd unreserved seats, buffet car.

You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka Railways website, www.railway.gov.lk, but please double-check all train times locally.

Fares

One-way adult fares 3rd class

reserved seat

2nd class

reserved seat

1st class

sleeper berth

Colombo-Trincomalee Rs.205  (1/$2) Rs.370  (2/$3) Rs. 750  (5/ $7)
Colombo-Batticaloa Rs.230  (2/$2) Rs.420  (3/$5) Rs. 900  (6/ $9)
Colombo-Batticaloa by ICE Rs.320  (2/$3) Rs.500  (3/$5) Rs. 900  (6/ $9)

Colombo - Anuradhapura - Vavuniya

Trains link Colombo with Anuradhapura and Vavunia.  However, since 1990 trains no longer operate as far as Jaffna or Talaimannar Pier (previously the ferry terminal for India) because of the security problems in that area.

Colombo Vavunia

 

 

Vavunia ► Colombo

Km Daily: 2,3 2,3 2,3 ICE Sleeper Daily: 2,3 ICE 2,3 2,3 Sleeper
0 Colombo (Fort) depart: 05:45 10:40 13:45 16:20 20:30 Vavunia depart: 03:20 05:45 - 14:30 22:00
205 Anuradhapura arr/dep: 09:35 16:20 18:37 20:06 01:29 Anuradhapura arr/dep: 05:00 06:40 09:10 15:35 23:30
254 Vavunia arrive: 10:58 - 20:11 21:16 03:00 Colombo (Fort) arrive: 10:08 10:20 15:05 19:20 04:35

ICE = InterCity Express.  On this route ICEs have 2nd & 3rd class reserved seats & buffet car.  The 16:20 from Colombo & the 05:45 from Vavunia also have a 1st class air-conditioned car with reserved seats.

Sleeper = NIGHT MAIL, with 1st class sleepers (2-berth compartments), 2nd & 3rd class reserved sleeperettes (reclining seats), 2nd & 3rd unreserved seats, buffet.

1 = 1st class air-conditioned seats car with reserved seats;

2 = unreserved 2nd class seats; 

3 = unreserved 3rd class seats;

R = buffet/restaurant car;

You can check train times using the official Sri Lanka Railways website, www.railway.gov.lk.

Courtesy: www.seat61.com

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