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Colombo to Jaffna Train Service.

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Easy way to train ticket booking

Regular train services are being operated by the Sri Lanka Government Railways between Colombo and Jaffna Town on daily basis. According to the Sri Lanka Railways there are nearly 4 trains are starting from Colombo and Jaffna stations. Train seats can be booked 30 days prior to your journey from important railway stations to travel between Colombo and Jaffna. You can buy tickets at the stations at the time of your travel except for the reserved seats, which should be available un-reserved.

Currently a fully air-conditioned Chinese built Luxury train is operating between the Jaffna town and the Colombo city, where the ticket price is Rs 1,500/- for any of the available seat. This Colombo bound train can reach Jaffna town by 7 hours of running time.

This is the popular one with the Jaffna bound travelers.

If you are a foreign passport holder and want to travel to Jaffna, then check with your travel agent to see whether you can go there without any restrictions from the Sri Lanka Defense Ministry. All the compartments are with official ticket checkers and no standing passengers are allowed in the compartment likewise small time vendors too are not allowed in the compartments for the comfort of the travelers.

Train seat booking facility is available for first, second and third class carriage along with Sleeper compartments. For example 2nd class reserved seat in the Intercity can be booked for Rs 800, one way at the respective railway station. Lot of people use these trains to travel to the North, so make your seat booking early as possible. During the Nallur festival, they used to attach extra First Class Compartments.

All the Jaffna bound trains used to start from Colombo Fort except the 05.15 AM Air-conditioned train which used to start from Mount Lavania and used to travel via Colombo Fort to Jaffna. Likewise all the Jaffna -Colombo bound trains used to stop in Colombo Fort station except the A/C train which will travel up to Mt.Lavania Station.

You can make advance booking for seats on 3rd class train compartment for the price of Rs 500.

At the Colombo Fort railway station you can find tourist ticket counter. This is arranged for the tourists to get their train tickets easily and they can make seat reservation to any destination the Srilanka railways can take.

There is 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class compartments fitted in the trains according to its service time. There are reserved and unreserved seats available in the train. You can simply go to the railway station and can buy a 3rd class ticket 15 minutes before the journey and go to the announced platform and can get in to the compartment to start the journey. If you are lucky you can find a good window side seat which is preferred by most of the people for a comfortable journey.

Intercity Express serves between Colombo and Jaffna town with 2nd and 3rd class reserved seats and buffet car. All the compartments used to have one Asian and Western WC system.

There are four train services are running daily from Colombo Fort via Vavuniya, Jaffna to Kankesanthurai.

Train booking can be cancelled 6 hours prior to your journey and there will be a 25% deducation will apply.

When you are booking your train seat, in the printout check the traveling date and time carefully, if there is any error, you can change it within 15 minutes.

Keep this seat booking document as you have to provide this to the ticket checker in the compartment to check and return it, when you are boarding the train. Keep this train ticket printout throughout your journey, as you have to hand over this at the station where you are leaving the train.

You can find many good hotels and lodges around the Jaffna railway station which used to accept online and over the phone room bookings for your pleasant stay at cheap price.

Canteen service is now available during the trains departure times at the Jaffna Railway station.

Colombo to Jaffna total distance: 397.8 km

Source: Sri Lanka Railways

Train Schedule
A/C Train Jaffna Railway Station Jaffna Railway Station Jaffna Railway Station

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