Want to know how to get from Negombo to Colombo? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the three ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
3 ways to get from Negombo to Colombo
There are three ways to travel the distance of 40 km (25 miles) from Negombo to Colombo: by bus (1.5-2 hours), taxi (1 hour) and train (1.5 hours). The journey takes between 1-2 hours and the quickest way is by taxi. The lowest priced tickets start from 200 Rs ($0.60) for the train.
From our last check, only unreserved 2nd and 3rd class trains are available for the Negombo to Colombo route. This means you cannot book them beforehand and can only buy tickets at the train station on the day of your trip.
Tickets cost 200 Rs ($0.60) for a 2nd class seat and 100 Rs ($0.30) for the 3rd class.
Don’t worry, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a good seat on these trains as long as you time your trip outside of peak hours when most locals are travelling to and from work.
The bus is another cheap option when travelling from Negombo to Colombo. We recommend taking an air-conditioned bus as they are faster and much more comfortable than ordinary buses. A seat costs 320 Rs ($0.90).
Travel time is between 1.5-2 hours, depending on traffic.
If you really want to travel like a local, a seat on an ordinary bus costs 56 Rs ($0.10)*. However, these buses make a lot of stops to pick up and drop off passengers, so the journey can take more than 2 hours.
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