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Train travel from Koggala to Galle

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Train travel from Koggala to Galle

I'm staying at the Fortress in Koggala at the end of January and I'd like to visit Galle by train. Has anyone done this trip? I've never been on Sri Lankan railways and I'm a bit concerned about frequency and reliability, thanks in advance, AG

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1. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

Hi Anet,

Not very frequent on that route but basically reliable; timewise more westbound than eastbound as the latter ones often come all the way from Colombo. Bus would probably more practical as there is one per 5 mins or so and it's slightly faster too.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

Unless you really want to travel on the train (there aren't many at all per day), its much easier to get a bus or tuk-tuk into Galle. Its not far at all, so I just got a tuk-tuk for 400rps, or 800rps return. For longer journeys, I caught the bus

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3. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

Travel by bus. They are frequent along that road and do the journey quicker than tuk-tuks for a fare of about 40 rupees

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4. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

The main problem with buses from Koggala to Galle is that most of them are pretty full by then, & obviously there's also the problem of buses not stopping to pick up passengers, you don't know how long you may have to wait beside the road for one

The trip is short enough for a tuk tuk ride to be bearable, only 15 mins or so (400rps is only £2 at the end of the day). I would certainly advise the bus for longer journeys elsewhere.

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5. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php…

As per train schedule, there are only 7 trains per day you can pick between Koggala and Galle. As others also have mentioned, it is not worth the waiting time for a 15 minute train ride.

Also mind you, it's a 10 minute walk from Fortress Hotel to the Railway station. So, you would be spending more than 30 mins for sure.

However I think the tuk tuk to Galle Fort will be about 500-600Rs...

cheers

Tharindu

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6. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

In addition to the buses from Matara to Galle which pick up passengers at Koggala, there is a bus terminus at the entrance to the Koggala Free Trade Park, so there is ample opportunity to catch a bus to Galle. The only buses which did not stop for me and others at the bus stop were the express buses, otherwise the buses were keen to pick up passengers and so generate income. The most I had to wait for a bus, over an 11 day holiday, was five minutes. The speed of the buses meant they were much faster than tuk-tuks chugging along at 20 mph max.

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7. Re: Train travel from Koggala to Galle

Thanks everyone for the useful info, AG

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