Colombo to Galle

Colombo to Galle

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Colombo to Galle Destination Reviews

Train #8056 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 11, 2022
I had paid for the tickets to be delivered to my Hotel in Colombo. But when I arrived I discovered there were no tickets. I had to call the office and after several calls from my international mobile phones, they confirmed they had my 2 sets of tickets in the office. They managed to deliver the tickets in time for our train just a couple of hours in advance. This was an anxious period I was was really disappointed with the local supplier performance. I just dont understand why they had not delivered the tickets.
Train #8056 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 5, 2022
Great service and prompt delivery of tickets
Train #8056 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 1, 2022
Tickets delivered to hotel, text updates sent confirming times. Very good and efficient
taxi Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours), Feb 17, 2020
Chandilka... was extremely helpful in finding our villa which had changed name ... Sri Lankan help personified. Would gladly recommend Chandilka. He must be part Scottish. Thank you. Nick
Train #8056 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 22, 2019
Great communication via email and WhatsApp to organise this. Lovely train journey. I recommend using
Train #8056 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 3, 2019
We have used on a number of occasions during this current trip through Asia and, until now, have been entirely satisfied with the service and booking process. However, it didn’t go so well for this trip. We made this booking on 1st April for a train journey which wasn’t taking place until 1st December. Whilst the receipt stated that they couldn’t guarantee getting exactly the trip and class that we requested, we figured that, given the amount of notice, would be on it on the day the tickets were released to ensure we got the ones we requested. We received communications on 7th November telling us that we hadn’t got the times we requested for either our outward or return journeys. We wanted an early outward journey and a late return and got the exact opposite, effectively losing two days of our stay in Galle. We were even more disappointed when we learnt from other travellers that they had purchased tickets for the trains we wanted from the railway station and first class were still available! There was also a lot of confusion as I was sent itineraries with different times and ending up getting very frustrated as I tried to work our exactly what trains we were actually on. The journey itself went very smoothly, the train was late departing Colombo and arriving into Galle but, as we were already 7 hours later than we wanted to be, this became irrelevant. The First Class carriage is very comfortable and the journey along the coast is very pretty.
Train #8050 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 5, 2019
This review is based on the purchase of tickets and support provided by 12GoAsia. Unfortunately there was a country wide rail strike so we could not actually take the train. The support and communication provided by 12GoAsia was excellent. I would certainly use them again.
Train #8050 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 26, 2019
The actual train trip was fantastic and there were no issues with the tickets provided by 12go once on board the train. However, we paid for the train tickets to be dropped off at our hotel in advance of our journey, minimising the stress of having to locate the 12go office. Despite numerous assurances that our train tickets would be delivered on time, they were not. Given our train journey was on Sunday and the office is closed, this caused considerable stress as to whether we should go to the 12go office/go to Colombo station to buy more tickets. 12go in fact assured us the tickets had been dropped off on the Friday, this was a lie. The tickets were safely delivered on Saturday much to our relief. Given that trying to locate anywhere in Colombo is difficult, we do have some sympathy. On the whole, would use again.
Train #8050 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 30, 2019
Got the best seats in 1st class, our first views of Sei Lanka were fantastic. Good customer service from 12go. Thank you
Train #8050 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 19, 2019
Lovely scenery. But do not expect 1 st class European standards
22 customer reviews

How to get from Colombo to Galle

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you DKK 1,237 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere DKK 119.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 3 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 1h 15m. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 2h 30m to reach Galle.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Galle can be as cheap as DKK 119 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as DKK 1,237 if you buy a Ceylon Roots 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 Galle ?

  • 4 from Colombo to Galle starting from 14:25 Colombo Fort until 15:44 Colombo Fort

17 from Colombo to Galle starting from 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel until 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel

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?


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 Galle

Ceylon Roots, Lakpura, 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 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

  • 98% took a train
  • 2% bought a taxi ride