From Jaffna Train Station to Colombo by Trains

From Jaffna Bus Station to Colombo by Buses

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How to get from Jaffna to Colombo

Travelling between Jaffna and Colombo 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 4,150 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 Jaffna to Colombo?

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

Train is the fastest way to travel between Jaffna and Colombo. Train will bring you to your destination in 6h 15m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 11h 20m to reach Colombo.

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

Travelling between Jaffna and Colombo can be as cheap as LKR 2,350 if you opt for a Avro Travels (Avro Travels) bus and as expensive as LKR 4,150 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 Jaffna and Colombo ?

  • 2 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 20:00 Jaffna Bus Station until 20:00 Jaffna Bus Station
  • 1 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 13:45 Jaffna Train Station until 13:45 Jaffna Train Station

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

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


Travelling from Jaffna to Colombo 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 Jaffna and Colombo

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 Jaffna to Colombo?

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

  • 667 took a train
  • 333 opted for a bus