Jaffna to Colombo

Jaffna to Colombo

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Recommended

Instant Refundable Cheapest
20:00
Jaffna Bus Station
10h 55m bus ride in Tourist bus
06:55
+1
Galleface, Colombo
LKR 1,850 per adult

From Jaffna Train Station to Colombo by train

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From Jaffna Bus Station to Colombo by Bus

Instant Refundable Cheapest
20:00
Jaffna Bus Station
10h 55m bus ride in Tourist bus
06:55
+1
Galleface, Colombo
LKR 1,850 per adult
Instant Refundable Cheapest
20:00
Jaffna Bus Station
11h 20m bus ride in Tourist bus
07:20
+1
Wellawatte, Colombo
LKR 1,850 per adult

From Jaffna to Colombo by Taxi

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

Jaffna to Colombo Schedule

Jaffna to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 41,558
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 04:05 - 10:24LKR 4,372
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:35 - 18:32LKR 4,372
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 13:45 - 20:00LKR 4,372
Avro Travels Tourist bus 20:00 - 06:55LKR 1,850

Transportation from Jaffna to Colombo

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 LKR 44,718 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a bus which will set you back mere LKR 1,850.

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

It can take you anywhere between 7 and 12 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 2m. Bus does a much slower job and take about 11h 20m to reach Colombo.

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

Travelling between Jaffna and Colombo can be as cheap as LKR 1,850 if you opt for a Avro Travels bus and as expensive as LKR 44,718 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 ?

  • 7 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 04:05 Jaffna Train Station until 13:45 Jaffna Train Station
  • 2 from Jaffna to Colombo starting from 20:00 Jaffna Bus Station until 20:00 Jaffna Bus Station

2 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?

Bus

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

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 Jaffna and Colombo

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 Jaffna 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

  • 88% took a train
  • 12% opted for a bus