Galle to Colombo

Galle to Colombo

  Oct 3, 2021, 12 trips (LKR 3,609 – LKR 0)

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Galle to Colombo Schedule

Galle to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Ceylon Roots SUV 3pax Any timeLKR 33,614
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 15,818
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 13,456
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 03:20 - 05:00LKR 3,609
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 07:05 - 09:10LKR 3,609

Transportation from Galle to Colombo

Galle to Colombo Destination Reviews

Train #8057 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Comfortable and efficient journey. Train ran a bit late, but not too much by Indian/Sri Lankan standards.
Train #8051 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 14, 2019
Lovely trip - comfortable
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 16, 2019
My rating concerns the service by 12GoAsia. The train travel is very poor: no AC in first class, late, very rough ride, outdated carriages.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 7, 2019
It was not easy to get tickets in Sri Lanka. I thought the tickets could be sent to our hotel in Colombo but they weren't sent until late so were sent to our hotel in Galle instead. First class seats are very basic. The train was very noisy. I would recommend paying extra for priority support.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 5, 2019
We appreciated comfortable seats with legroom. Windows open were nice for the views of beach and jungle. The train car was very dirty. The bathroom was very poor.
Train #8051 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 31, 2018
Not recommended. I bought 28/12 15:30 tickets from Galle to Colombo and make additional payment for delivering the tickets to hotel at Galle on 27/12. When we arrive our hotel at Galle on 27/12 16:00, the hotel owner told us no tickets are received. And then we try to find the telephone number to call the support office but fail, we note that we can only communicate via email. I sent the email immediately, after 1.5 hours (nearly 18:00), we got response and said we can receive the ticket by 12:00 noon on 28/12 (train departure date) and telephone number of operator is given to us for follow up. Then in the morning of 28/12 after 9 am, we call the operator but no one answered the phone. We were so concerned if we can got the ticket or not. We cancell the morning schedule and wait at the hotel. As time passed, no one showed at 12:00 noon (promised time), and then we waited for 20 minutes more and left the hotel. After we left, the hotel owner informed us they received the tickets for us. Do you know the feeling when you just receive the tickets after 12:00 noon but the train will depart at 15:30. In addition, we need to pay for IDD calls (phone call to operator) (no charged by 12 go asia, but our phone carrier)
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How to get from Galle to Colombo

Travelling between Galle and Colombo 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 LKR 33,665 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 3,611.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 3 hours to travel between Galle and Colombo depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Galle and Colombo. Train will bring you to your destination in 1h 40m. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 2h 30m to reach Colombo.

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

Travelling between Galle and Colombo can be as cheap as LKR 3,611 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 33,665 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 Galle and Colombo ?

  • 1 from Galle to Colombo starting from 03:20 Colombo Fort until 07:25 Colombo Fort

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

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

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 Galle and Colombo

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 Galle 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

  • 100% took a train