Jaffna to Colombo

Jaffna to Colombo

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Jaffna to Colombo Schedule

Jaffna to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 2pax Any time$ 165
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 06:10 - 13:05LKR 3,640
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 09:35 - 18:32LKR 3,010
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 13:32 - 20:00LKR 3,640
Avro Travels VIP 32 20:00 - 07:00LKR 3,850

Transportation from Jaffna to Colombo

Jaffna to Colombo Destination Reviews

Very efficient réservation and delivery of tickets to our hôtels .. thanks indeed.
Train #4022 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 26, 2022
The Avro travels people were very kind and super helpful and I took the Annai Muthumari bus from Jaffna to Colombo and it was the best bus ride I have taken in a long time. Great service!
Bus VIP 32, Avro Travels (Avro Travels), Jun 28, 2019
3 customer reviews

How to get from Jaffna to Colombo

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you USD 226.87 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere USD 5.18.

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

It can take you anywhere between 7 and 11 hours to travel between Jaffna and Colombo depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Jaffna and Colombo. Train will bring you to your destination in 6h 28m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 11h to reach Colombo.

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

Travelling between Jaffna and Colombo can be as cheap as USD 5.18 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railway train and as expensive as USD 226.87 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 Jaffna and Colombo ?

  • 6 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 06:10 Jaffna Train Station until 13:32 Jaffna Train Station
  • 1 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 20:00 Jaffna Bus Station until 20:00 Jaffna Bus Station

4 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 00:00 Jaffna until 00:00 Jaffna

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

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


Travelling from Jaffna 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 Jaffna and Colombo

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 Jaffna and Colombo

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 Jaffna 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

  • 71% opted for a bus
  • 29% took a train
  • 1% Other