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I want to to reserve a train ticket, how do I do that?

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How to buy tickets:         

The privately-run ExpoRail & Rajadhani carriages Colombo-Kandy-Badulla can be booked online at Expo Rail & Rajad Hani.        

The regular Sri Lanka Railways trains cannot be booked online, but it's easy to buy tickets when you get to Sri Lanka at the station. In Colombo, there is a special ticket window for tourists in the 1st & 2nd class advance booking office at the east end of Colombo Fort station.

Reservations for trains with reserved seating such as InterCity Express trains open 45 days in advance (extended from 10 days in late 2013). Seats in the 1st class observation car from Colombo to Kandy can get fully-booked from time to time, so book a few days ahead if you can, but you may well find seats available on the day of travel. Other trains (shown as having unreserved seats) don't require a reservation, you just buy a ticket on and hop on. If you want to know prices or book or make a reservation for the Intercity Express click here.

Many hotels will be able to send someone to the station to book tickets for you. Otherwise, you ought to be able to book a few days in advance and still get a ticket (even if not the best ones) outside of peak times. Do not forget to to at least tip the staff, if the hotel does not charge.

Do not just jump on a train without a ticket, you open yourself to a fine, just not worth the hassle.

Note: I heard you can book tickets through Mobitel if you get data for your phone. Maybe a member can add a how too! 

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Details passed via member: Mobitel is pretty easy but has to be done many days in advance. You call 365. They will get the amount only from the SIM credit so that has to be recharged in advance. After the reservation, the ticket can be taken from any Mobitel shop check for details

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