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Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

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Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

We are heading towards Colombo by train from Ella. We need to get to katunayake for our hotel the night before our flight. Rather than take the train all the way into Colombo Fort then take a taxi to the airport, we thought we would get off at Gampaha station and take a car from there.

Can we easily find a car from there or is it there a better station to get off from?

Looking for a quick response as we are travelling tomorrow :)

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1. Re: Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

Hi there,

Should be not that difficult. There won't be cars waiting at the station but plenty of tuktuks, and a tuktuk driver with a mobile can have a car for you within15-30 mins. Better negotiate the price for the car with the tuktuk driver before ordering!

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

I have done that but went to Negombo for accommodation. . Great advice Erik.

Gampha station area is a bit of a dump though. There is a ' hotel' opposite the station where you can get refreshments and wait for a car. Very basic but cheap and cheerful.

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3. Re: Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

Cheers! Looking forward to a scenic train ride and happy that we don't need to go all the way into Colombo first. What price should we try to negotiate for the car?

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4. Re: Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

Check if your train stops at Gampaha (not all do), but it may stop at Veyangoda.

Hans

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5. Re: Getting off the Colombo train in Gampaha

Price depends on your airport hotel. Is it Katunayake, Negombo? Get a map or distance finder and use Rs 70-75/km as target price.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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