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Public Transport

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Public Transport


I am currently planning a 2 week tour of Sri Lanka. My girlfriend and I (both mid 20s) would like to travel around using trains and buses. We will have one backpack and one suticase (with wheels) with us. I would like to know how easy it will be to get on/off buses and trains.

I am more concerned about the buses. For example, how long do they stop for at each scheduled stop? Will we have to hold on to the luggage during the journey or are there storage compartments?

We will try and use trains where we can but for some of our planned route this will not be possible i.e. Ella to Tangalle.

Any insights would be gratefully appreciated!


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Trains are fine although they can also get very crowded so if you can, plan journeys outside of the peak times.

Getting a suitcase on and off buses can be dificult.

Lots of times, the buses are racing each other, trying to get to the stop first so they get the passengers. That means they'll stop and restart as quickly as possible.

I travel the buses regularly but I don't think I'd want to do some of therm with a suitcase.

My backpack is bendy , squeezes under seats or sometimes rests on my lap.

If you can get the bus from it's source then it's not so bad as you get first choice.


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Thank you Rod.

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