From Trincomalee to Colombo by Trains

From Trincomalee to Colombo by Buses

Bus by Avro Travels
6h 5m bus ride in VIP 32
Galleface, Colombo

Passenger reviews out of total 53 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.

Jan 10, 2019
train #7084 First Class Sleeper , Sri Lanka Railways
I enjoy train travel and slept in the top bunk just fine. My daughter also slept ok in the bottom bunk. Mark didn't rest because of the noise and movement. Bathroom was shared between two adjacent two berth rooms. It was repulsive. I am used to that but it would not be hard to improve your standards here please.

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How to get from Trincomalee to Colombo

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 3,956 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere LKR 1,850.

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

It can take you anywhere between 7 and 9 hours to travel between Trincomalee and Colombo depending on the means of transport you choose.

Bus is the fastest way to travel between Trincomalee and Colombo. Bus will bring you to your destination in 6h 5m. Train does a much slower job and take about 8h 30m to reach Colombo.

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

Travelling between Trincomalee and Colombo can be as cheap as LKR 1,850 if you opt for a Avro Travels (Avro Travels) bus and as expensive as LKR 3,956 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 Trincomalee and Colombo ?

  • 3 from Trincomalee to Colombo starting from 22:00 Trincomalee until 22:00 Trincomalee
  • 1 from Trincomalee to Colombo starting from 19:00 Trincomalee until 19:00 Trincomalee

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

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


Travelling from Trincomalee 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 Trincomalee 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 Trincomalee to Colombo?

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

  • 700 opted for a bus
  • 300 took a train