Last updated: Feb 15, 2020

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Overview | Train | Bus | Taxi

 

How to get from Kandy to Negombo?

Negombo is a small beach town on Sri Lanka’s west coast. Here, you can travel back in time to the Dutch era in the mid-1600s with a day trip to the Dutch Fort and Dutch Canal. By sunset, make sure you are at the beach for the best view.

When travelling the 100km journey from Kandy to Negombo, you have 3 options: you can take a train for $9 (including taxi transfer), a bus for $1.90, or a taxi for $35. Travel time is between 3.5 to 4 hours.

There are no direct trains from Kandy to Negombo. You can only take the train up to Gampaha Railway Station. From here, you can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to Negombo. Travel time is at least 3.5 hours. Combined fares start at $9.

The bus is the cheapest option for this route, but also the least comfortable. If you really want to take the bus, we recommend that you at least pick an airconditioned one to make the trip more bearable. A ticket costs $1.90 and the journey takes about 4 hours.

Travelling with a group? The taxi is the most comfortable option at $35. Although the most expensive, it gives you the advantage of travelling door-to-door. You can expect to reach Negombo in a little less than 4 hours.

We don’t recommend taking a flight for this route. There are no direct flights from Kandy to Negombo. You will have to fly to Diyawanna Oya, which is at least an hour away from Negombo. Aside from being very harmful for the environment, you won’t be able to save a lot of time when you take the flight.

Schedule from Kandy to Negombo

Transport ModeDuration CostsAvailability
Train3.5 hours1,590 Rs ($9)Read article for info
Bus4 hours345 Rs ($1.90)Read article for info
Taxi3hr 40min6,250 Rs ($35)Read article for info

 

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Kandy to Negombo by Train


Duration: 3.5 hours
Costs: 1,590 Rs ($9)

There are no direct trains from Kandy to Negombo. You will first have to take a train to Gampaha. Then you can take a taxi or tuk-tuk to Negombo.

Step 1: Kandy to Gampaha by Train

Duration: 2.5 hours
Costs: 180 Rs ($1)

From Kandy Railway Station, the earliest train bound for Negombo departs at 06:20 on weekdays. Travel time is around 2.5 hours and a 2nd class ticket for an unreserved seat costs 180 Rs ($1).

See the train schedules below:

Train #ScheduleDuration2nd Class Unreserved Seat
#104005:00-07:37
(Sundays only)
2h 37m180 Rs ($1)
#103606:20-09:072h 47m180 Rs ($1)
#102410:40-13:272h 47m180 Rs ($1)
#101612:50-14:532h 03m180 Rs ($1)
#101015:00-17:022h 02m180 Rs ($1)
#102015:30-18:11
(Saturdays & Sundays)
2h 41m180 Rs ($1)
#100616:05-18:222h 17m180 Rs ($1)
#103216:55-18:56
(Saturdays, Sundays, holidays)
2h 01m180 Rs ($1)

The above rates are for a 2nd class unreserved seat. First and 2nd class reserved tickets are also available, but you have to book them weeks or even a month prior to your trip.

Sri Lankan trains can get very crowded, especially during peak hours. Booking an unreserved seat means there is no assurance that you will be able to get a seat at all.

Check out our page on how to book train tickets in Sri Lanka for more info.

Step 2: Gampaha to Negombo by Taxi/Tuk-tuk

Duration: 1 hour
Costs: 1,410 Rs ($8)

From Gampaha, Negombo is 25km away. You can easily hail a taxi or a tuk-tuk outside the railway station. Taxi fares start at 1,270 Rs ($7) and the journey takes about an hour.

A tuk-tuk ride should cost about half that price, but it will also be slower.

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Kandy to Negombo by Bus


Duration: 4 hours
Costs: 345 Rs ($1.90)

From Kandy Good Shed Bus Station, take bus #1 or #245 to Negombo. We recommend that you take an airconditioned bus for a little more comfort. A ticket costs 345 Rs ($1.90) and travel time is about 4 hours.

Normal buses are also available for 170 Rs ($0.90). However, these often make too many stops, making the travel time longer.

 

taxi

Kandy to Negombo by Taxi


Duration: 3hr 40min
Costs: 6,250 Rs ($35)

The taxi is a comfortable and direct transfer from Kandy to Negombo. You can get a spacious 3 to 4-seater taxi for 6,250 Rs ($35) when you book through taxi apps like Uber and Pickme. Travel time is around 3hr 40mins.

You can also hail a taxi from the street or ask your hotel to book one for you.

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