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Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

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Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Hello

Been looking at the timetable for trains from Colombo to Galle and i can only see trains leaving late afternoon. Is anyone able to advise if trains leave in the morning?

On another note, how long does it take to register your requirement for a VISA - I can't really tell. Do you register with ETA and then its done or is it necessary to send passport (uk traveller)

Thank you.

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1. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Hi there,

Dunno where YOU are looking for times, but this

www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php…

is the only uptodate schedule and gives quite a few earlier trains too. Generally with destination Matara and stopping at Galle.

ETA confirmation is generally within 1 hour, and no need to send any physical passport or the like.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Even the government sit is not 100% up-to-date.

It's still missing a 'super' express train that started running on Fridays-Sundays in November. The train only stops in Panadura, Kalutara, Aluthgama and Galle. Colombo to Matara in 2.5 hours.

Hans

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3. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Thank you Erik and Hans - very useful information.

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4. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Thinking of taking the 08:35am train (2nd class) starting from Colombo Fort to Galle next Friday.

1) Hope Seat 61 is correct in stating that it starts from Fort and not Maradana, as we would like to get in when there is less crowd.

2) Can/ should we buy 2nd class tickets in advance to ensure a "good" seat on right hand side (where view is)

3) Any idea about the 'super' express train time tables?

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5. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Hi there,

The train, like all coastal trains, has no seat reservations. Hence buying in advance is useless - the ticket does not guarantee a seat...

If I'm not mistaken it's the 1040-8040 train coming from Kandy. In that case Seat61 is incorrect and it _does_ stop at Maradana too, check the SLR timetable for a Maradana-Colombo train with number 1040 (and from Colombo to Galle it shows number 8040).

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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6. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Yeah, http://www.gic.gov.lk says Train # 8040 starting from Maradana at 08:35! So, we should try to board in Maradana to avoid crowds?

Any info about the 'super' express train?

Still trying to get through to Fort Railway Station to inquire, with no luck!

Edited: 29 August 2013, 05:40
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7. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Yes great, board at Maradana.

No info about the super express sorry, a 2nd zombie train already ;-) (First one is daily GalOya-Trinco).

Tnx,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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8. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

As stated already in January: 'Even the government site is not 100% up-to-date'.

Hans

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9. Re: Colombo to Galle by train - weekend travel query

Oh dear! :-( Thanks Erik!

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