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Train travel

I know there isn't a train from the airport, but we are arriving in October at 16:20 and were planning on getting to the nearest station to the airport and making the journey by train to the Mermaid Hotel.

Is this feasible, as everyone is talking about how long the transfer times are by road?

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1. Re: Train travel

You would need to double check that the train is running. We were in Sri Lanka a couple of weeks ago and the Galle to Colombo line wasnt running. Good luck.

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2. Re: Train travel

Hi,

In October the coastal railway (Colombo-Matara) will be running again.

The closest railway station to the airport is Katunayake - approx. 5 km from the airport.

To get to Kalutara you will first need to get a commuter train to Maradana or Colombo Fort and change to a train to Kalutara North - which is approx. 3 km from Mermaid. The transfer by train will take around 3 hours.

You can check timetables here:

www.gic.gov.lk/gic/index.php…

Your arrival time means you have to pass Colombo during evening rush hours, but even at that time a taxi from the airport should take less than 3 hours to reach Mermaid.

Hans

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3. Re: Train travel

The nearest station to the airport is Katunayeka station. You can get there by a taxi it is only 1 and half KM away from airport. In next October the down south rail line open gain after construction of new high speed rail line.

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4. Re: Train travel

Yes agree it's really only 1.5 - 2 km, just at the entrance to the airport access road. BUT it still means a taxi from airport, and at this time of the day there aren't many trains going into Colombo. Majority is outbound commuter traffic. Check the railway timetable to avoid hours waiting, and to make sure you can still connect to the last Fort-South trains at all.

Alternative at least upto Fort is bus, #187 from Katunayake bus station; this has more luggage space than normal buses. First free shuttle bus, 3 x per hour, from Arrivals platform to bus station.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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5. Re: Train travel

The responses from members of this forum are excellent, thanks!

Very helpful info there, just one more question, do you think it will be feasible for two of us with two large suitcases and two smaller ones to manage ok on a so-called commuter train, which conjures up images of people packed in like sardines standing room only? Thanks, Alan

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6. Re: Train travel

Hi Alan,

Would not worry too much about that esp. as you are going in the 'wrong' direction, Colombo-bound in the afternoon. But the next train, Fort to South, will be more packed. Luckily that's an express train and has a separate luggage compartment (usually the last waggon). Timing seems much more of a worry, check the timetables at railway.gov.lk site.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: Train travel

And the latest status update

colombopage.com/archive_12/Mar16_1331874494C…

So it seems they HOPE to have the full stretch ready before mid April...

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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8. Re: Train travel

I talked to a supervisor from the construction company this morning. He told that Aluthgama-Galle sector is finished and trains are expected to start running again sometime next week.

The present target is to finish Aluthgama-Kalutara South sector(including double tracks from Payagala to Kalutara) so trains can start running again from 10th April (for the traffic for the Sinhala/Tamil New Year).

Like I use to say: I believe it when I see it.

Hans

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