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I want to plan my journey to destinations accessible via train, is there a key for the routes?
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Taking the train is a great & inexpensive way to get around, the train journeys are real cultural experiences and the most scenic routes.

Train times & fares for key routes...

Colombo - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Elle - Badulla

  • Colombo depart - Peradeniya Junction - Kandy -  Hatton (for Adam's peak) - Nanuoya (for Nuwara Eliya) - Haputale - Badulla arrive

Colombo - Galle - Matara:  The Coast Line

  • Kandy depart - Colombo Maradana depart - Colombo Fort depart - Mount Lavinia depart - Kalutara South - Bentota - Galle arrive - Matara arrive.

Colombo - Polonnaruwa, Batticaloa, Trincomalee

  • Colombo Fort depart - Habarana arr/dep - Galoya Jn. arr/dep - Polonnaruwa arrive -  Batticaloa arrive - Trincomalee arrive.

Colombo - Anuradhapura - Talaimannar/Jaffna

  • Colombo Fort depart - Anuradhapura arr/dep - Talaimannar Pier arr - Vavuniya arrive - Kilinochchi arrive - Pallai arrive -       Jaffna arrive.

Colombo commuter: Negombo, Mount Laviniya, Kalutara, Puttalam, Avissawella

Colombo Fort - Negombo - Chillaw - Puttalam (Puttalam Line)

Colombo Fort - Mount Laviniya - Kalutara North - Kalutara South (Coast Line)

Colombo Fort - Gampaha - Rambukkana (Main line)

Colombo Fort - Avissawella (Kelani Valley Line)

  • Colombo Commuter trains link Colombo with various stations in the Colombo area, including Mount Laviniya,  Negombo, Puttalam, Kalutara North & Kalutara South. Although basic, these commuter trains are ideal for reaching your destination cheaply, or making day trips into Colombo during your stay.  Will get crowded at peak times.

  • To look up train times, use either http://slr.malindaprasad.com or www.railway.gov.lk (click English then Train schedule)

  • Colombo Commuter trains are 3rd class only.  Fares are incredibly cheap:  Colombo to Kalutara South or Negombo. Buy a ticket at the ticket office & hop on.

  • Note that Colombo-Galle mainline trains also call at Mount Laviniya & Kalutara South (but not Kalutara North).  Colombo-Kandy mainline trains also call at Rambukkana.

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