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From Colombo Fort to Galle by Trains

Passenger reviews out of total 198 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Mar 19, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
Lovely scenery. But do not expect 1 st class European standards
Mar 11, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
Everything ran smoothly with our train tickets. A driver from 12goasia had picked us up from the airport and brought the tickets with which saved us a trip to their office. I would recommend.
Feb 24, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
Initially it is easy to book your tickets with 12GoAsia, but after receiving confirmation of my request, I didn’t receive any further information and couldn’t contact them. On reaching Colombo I phoned the Agents who had the tickets. A tuktuk ride to collect them. It’s a complicated system but it works.
Feb 10, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
Communication was good with company. Though they said they could reserve them got another message saying 10 days. Yes their markup is almost double the price of ticket. Then another $10 for delivery to hotel on the day I arrived. So yes you pay for their services but I also had a great train ride with tickets in hand. No stressing if I could get a ticket at the station. I would do it again for the convenience
Jan 28, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
As other reviewers have said, the process of booking through 12go.asia is not straightforward. I am not sure how much this is their issue or the difficulties of dealing with Sri Lankan railways. Despite being promised my voucher (not the ticket itself) between 10 and 30 days before travel, my voucher arrived less than three days in advance, making it necessary for me to pay extra for the tickets to be delivered to the hotel. However the company did deliver on time and the online support staff responded quickly efficiently to my enquiries. The rail trip itself was enjoyable and just about punctual, but on balance not worth the troubles involved in booking or the cost. Hopefully, Sri Lanka Railways will allow online booking soon.
Jan 22, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
All worked well and the train was on time. Although it was a pain having to pick the tickets up from Stef Lanka as it is in the suburbs at the edge of Colombo. It took us a half an hour in a tuk tuk to get there.
Jan 16, 2019
train #8050 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
I booked 3 sets of tickets for first class seats. Communication is not good at booking stage that confirmation can take some time with the railway company and that you need actual tickets not just printouts. but I continued to contact 12go support about getting the confirmations and arranging delivery of the tickets to our hotel. They were all eventually confirmed and delivered. So if you are prepared to do a bit of follow up with 12go and want it organised before you go and prepared to pay high price for that peace of mind then all good. Book well in advance if you can!

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How to get from Colombo to Galle

Travelling between Colombo and Galle is possible by train. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 3,408 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 3,408.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 4 hours to travel between Colombo and Galle depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Galle. Train will bring you to your destination in 2h 3m. Train does a much slower job and take about 3h 15m to reach Galle.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Galle can be as cheap as LKR 3,408 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 3,408 if you buy a Sri Lanka Railways train ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

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

  • 2 from Colombo to Galle starting from 06:55 Colombo Fort until 06:55 Colombo Fort

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Colombo to Galle.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Colombo to Galle?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 1000 took a train