Colombo to Batticaloa

Colombo to Batticaloa

  Oct 3, 2021, 2 trips (LKR 3,395 – LKR 0)

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8h 55m Deps: 19:00

From LKR 3,395
Colombo Fort
8h 55m ride in train #6079 with Sri Lanka Railways
From LKR 3,395 per adult


7h 16m

From LKR 28,781
Colombo Any Hotel
7h 16m taxi ride with Stef Lanka Tours
From LKR 28,781 vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Batticaloa Schedule

Colombo to Batticaloa Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 32,296
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Sleeper 19:00 - 03:55LKR 4,408

Transportation from Colombo to Batticaloa

How to get from Colombo to Batticaloa

Travelling between Colombo and Batticaloa is possible by Bus, train and taxi. Taxi guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Bus is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 39,386 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere LKR 2,400.

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

It can take you anywhere between 8 and 11 hours to travel between Colombo and Batticaloa depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Batticaloa. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 7h 16m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 10h 45m to reach Batticaloa.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Batticaloa can be as cheap as LKR 2,400 if you opt for a Avro Travels bus and as expensive as LKR 39,386 if you buy a Stef Lanka Tours taxi 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 Batticaloa ?

  • 1 from Colombo to Batticaloa starting from 19:45 Batticaloa until 19:55 Batticaloa
  • 1 from Colombo to Batticaloa starting from 19:00 Batticaloa until 19:00 Batticaloa

1 from Colombo to Batticaloa starting from 00:00 Batticaloa until 00:00 Batticaloa

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

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


Travelling from Colombo to Batticaloa 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 Batticaloa

Avro Travels


Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Colombo and Batticaloa

Stef Lanka Tours


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 Batticaloa?

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

  • 100% took a train