Colombo to Jaffna

Colombo to Jaffna

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Recommended

Instant Refundable Cheapest
22:20
Galleface, Colombo
10h 50m bus ride in Tourist bus
09:10
+1
Jaffna Bus Station
LKR 2,350 per adult

From Wellawatte to Jaffna by Bus

Instant Refundable Cheapest
22:00
Wellawatte, Colombo
11h 10m bus ride in Tourist bus
09:10
+1
Jaffna Bus Station
LKR 2,350 per adult

From Colombo Fort to Jaffna by train

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From Galleface to Jaffna by Bus

Instant Refundable Cheapest
22:20
Galleface, Colombo
10h 50m bus ride in Tourist bus
09:10
+1
Jaffna Bus Station
LKR 2,350 per adult

From Colombo Any Hotel to Jaffna by Taxi

Refundable Fastest
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Colombo Any Hotel
8h taxi ride in Comfort
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Jaffna
LKR 41,557 vehicle, all incl
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Colombo Any Hotel
8h taxi ride in Van 8pax
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Jaffna
LKR 44,718 vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Jaffna Schedule

Colombo to Jaffna Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 41,558
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:45 - 11:51LKR 4,372
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:35 - 14:37LKR 4,372
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:50 - 18:15LKR 4,372
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 15:55 - 21:57LKR 4,372
Avro Travels Tourist bus 22:20 - 09:10LKR 2,350

Transportation from Colombo to Jaffna

Colombo to Jaffna destination reviews

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Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels, Dec 24, 2019
The location of the bus stop is not clear enough. The stated address, the gps marks & the photo that shows on the ticketing pdf files are not coop with each other. Very confused! I wish this could be make better for the future passengers. As English communication is not that good in general here in Sri Lanka. Thk u!
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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 4,372 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 2m. 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 bus and as expensive as LKR 4,372 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 ?

  • 7 from Colombo to Jaffna starting from 05:45 Colombo Fort until 15:55 Colombo Fort
  • 2 from Colombo to Jaffna starting from 22:00 Wellawatte until 22:20 Galleface

2 from Colombo to Jaffna 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 Jaffna.

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

Bus

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

Taxi

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 Jaffna

Stef Lanka Tours

Train

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 train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 87% took a train
  • 13% opted for a bus