From Colombo Fort to Jaffna by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended Fastest
Colombo Fort
6h 6m ride in train #4021, 1st Class Seat
Jaffna Train Station

From Wellawatte to Jaffna by Buses

Instant Recommended
Wellawatte, Colombo
11h 10m bus ride in VIP 32
Jaffna Bus Station

From Galleface to Jaffna by Buses

Instant Recommended
Galleface, Colombo
10h 50m bus ride in VIP 32
Jaffna Bus Station

Colombo to Jaffna Schedule

Colombo to Jaffna Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:45 - 11:51LKR 4,177
Avro Travels VIP 32 20:20 - 07:10LKR 2,350

Colombo to Jaffna destination reviews

8 customer reviews
88% of 8 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Mar 31, 2019
Someone said the bus was comfortable and as a regular user of luxury coaches to and from London,I did not believe him. I was wrong. This was very comfortable ride. The driving,as a coach driver myself,was excellent. Help from Go Asia was perfect right from booking to stepping on the coach. The pit stop was amazing. Toilets there were spotless.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 16, 2019
I have found 12go very easy to deal with. The booking was made and due to circumstances it was best for me to have the ticket delivered to my hotel. It was waiting for me when I checked in. The only suggestion I can make is to offer the booking code option where you can just go to the railway station with a code provided and pick up the ticket there. I used this option with another provider.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 7, 2019
Great service, secured ticket I wanted & paid extra for hotel delivery. Train very punctual, fairly modern, seat comfortable & decent sized windows in carriage.
train #4021 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 24, 2019
12goasia service was good, although a little expensive, but we knew that beforehand. If you want te be sure of a reserved seat, before going to Sri Lanka, it is the best option. Instruction were clear about where and how to collect the tickets.

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How to get from Colombo to Jaffna

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 4,176 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere LKR 2,350.

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

It can take you anywhere between 7 and 12 hours to travel between Colombo and Jaffna depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Jaffna. Train will bring you to your destination in 6h 6m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 11h 10m to reach Jaffna.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Jaffna can be as cheap as LKR 2,350 if you opt for a Avro Travels (Avro Travels) bus and as expensive as LKR 4,176 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 Jaffna ?

  • 2 from Colombo to Jaffna starting from 20:00 Wellawatte until 20:20 Galleface
  • 1 from Colombo to Jaffna starting from 05:45 Colombo Fort until 05:45 Colombo Fort

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

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


Travelling from Colombo to Jaffna overland will inevitably take longer but in many cases it is the cheapest option if you opt for a bus.

Things to remember: For a more comfortable ride opt for a higher-class bus wherever possible. These buses usually have soft reclining seats and are equipped with air-conditioning and on-board toilets.

They often include water, snacks or a light lunch into your ticket price and make bathroom stops en-route.

Companies operating bus routes between Colombo and Jaffna

Avro Travels (Avro Travels)


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 Jaffna?

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

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 935 opted for a bus
  • 65 took a train