Train Travels
Sri Lanka Railway

It is often said that train travel in Sri Lanka is for those who have lots of time to spare and cheap travel. Our railway network began in 1864 and has nine lines beginning from Colombo, the most beautiful of which runs deep into the hills, travelling through Kandy and Nuwara Eliya before finishing off at Badulla. This journey gives you spectacular hill-country passing through gushing waterfalls and through beautiful tea plantations. There is also a train line for tourists travelling to the south coast from Colombo to Matara which stops in Bentota and Galle. But we recommend travelling by car which is far better in terms of comfort and time.

The observation carriage for the Hill-country

We have a special first-class observation carriage on the Colombo to Badulla hill-country train. This is the last carriage on the train which has a full window to maximize the views. Tickets need to be booked at least 10 days in advance. Note that availability can be limited during national holidays. If you are really looking for train travel we recommend this.

Viceroy Express
A ride on this unique luxury steam train lets you explore the delights, antiquities and the culture of Sri Lanka while travelling in style on a leisurely rail journey pulled by a vintage steam locomotive. This private train is 75 year old and the only steam train still operating in Sri Lanka. Whilst retaining a nostalgic link with the past's more unhurried forms of travel, it never-the-less possesses modern comforts. The two saloon areas are air-conditioned and have reclining seats and the restaurant car, elegantly furnished with Edwardian ribbed fans and teak- trimmed wood paneling, has a well stocked bar and fully equipped kitchen. We recommend this as the best in train travel and you will have an unforgettable journey.

What class?

The main advantage of travelling in the first class carriage (not available on the south coast route) is that you can book in advance and be guaranteed a seat. But we do not recommend the second an third class travel as you are not guaranteed a seat and the trains are all full during peak hours and you have to stand side by side with people and touts take advantage of this situation. First-class travel from Colombo to Kandy , Nuwara Eliya, Badulla, Anuradhapura or Trincomalee costs just £5 per person for a single ticket. In addition, for advance bookings, we charge a £10 administration fee per booking to cover the costs of sending a representative to book your tickets. A second class ticket to Galle or Matara costs just £2.

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