Journey: Colombo to Trincomalee

Trincomalee is in the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. The history of this beautiful city spans more than 2,500 years and is known to be one of the oldest cities in Asia. For visitors traveling from Batticaloa, Trinco as it is fondly known is just 69 miles to the north and Jaffna 113 miles to the south. The main language and culture is Tamil and there is an ancient ferry service and railway station. It is a popular tourist destination which offers scuba diving, whale watching and fishing on its white sandy beaches. If traveling from the Bandarnayake International Airport in Colombo, there is a total of 264 kilometers to Trincomalee. On average, it will take up to 4 to 4.5 hours to travel to Trincomalee from Colombo.

Transportation Options from Colombo to Trincomalee

By Train

The duration to travel by train from Colombo to Trinco is approximately 7 hours and 54 minutes and will cost between Rupees 235 and 800.

By Taxi

For visitors looking for a more comfortable and luxury mode of travel can use a taxi service as there are many taxi services available directly at the airport or from any hotel in Colombo. The duration of travel will be approximately 4 hours and the cost between Rupees 16,000 and 19,000.

Self Driven Vehicle

If you are planning to drive a vehicle, you should be able to reach Trinco within 4 hours barring any emergency road blocks, and it would cost between Rupees 3,500 and 5,000.

Air Travel

The Sri Lankan air force airline known as Helitours is another easy and comfortable mode of travel to your preferred destination. Military planes are used to conduct passenger flights beginning at the Rathmalana Air Force Base in Colombo and ending at China Bay airfield. Flights to Trinco are approximately 1 hour and operate thrice a week. The cost on Helitours is Rupees 4,650 one way. If tourists are flying on Cinnamon Air, a part of Sri Lankan Airlines the cost would be $250.

By Bus

Tourists can board the bus traveling to Trinco at the Fort Bus Station. The duration of travel will be 4 hours and 39 minutes, and the bus route is 49. Air conditioned buses will take up to 7 hours and cost Rupees 150. Visit this website and make an advance booking on the preferred bus type and choice. It is an online bus service operated by GMIC Holdings (Pvt) Ltd in Sri Lanka.

Travel Tips

The public trains from Colombo to Trincomalee are categorized into two types, mainly, the Express and Night Mail. The Expres train leaves Colombo at 6.05 and reaches Trinco at 13.55, whilst the Night Mail leaves Colombo at 19.00 and reaches Trinco at 4.15.

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