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Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

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Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

Hi,

According to the Seat61 website there is a night train from Polonnawura to Colombo at 22.25, but when I search on the www.gic.gov.lk site it doesn't come up. Does anyone know if this still runs, and if it is every day?

We want to get the night train to Colombo to arrive on 2nd April for the cricket (thus avoiding a night in an extortionate Colombo hotel) , but we have to guarantee getting this night train, otherwise i've got to rejig the itinerary to find a different way to get there in time.

I've also read that you can only book the tickets at the station up to 10 days in advance. Does anyone know of guest houses/ travel agencies in Polonnaruwa that will do this for you? We will only be arriving in Polonnaruwa the day before so don't want to chance not getting tickets.

Thanks,

Laura

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1. Re: Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

Could be that it disappeared yes. But there IS a nighttrain from Gal Oya or Kekirawa (about 20 km away) to Colombo; Kekirawa attending 22:54, it comes from Trinco. Berths etc must now be reservable from Colombo Fort and Kandy stations also, if this helps...

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<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

The distance from Polonnaruwa to Gal Oya is approx. 40 km - to Kekirawa approx. 70 km.

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3. Re: Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

thanks,

sounds like Kandy trains station might be our best bet for information when we arrive then.

cheers

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4. Re: Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

Hello!

Would like to know how to get from Polonnaruwa to Colombo.We expect to push off from Polonaruwa by late afternoon at most.Pls advise.

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5. Re: Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

Well as said above we're not certain whether there is a night train from Batti-P'ruwa. But there is one from Gal Oya, which is not that far.

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<Erik> & [Sandya]

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6. Re: Booking the overnight train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo

There is a train departing Polonnaruwa 22:28 and arriving Colombo Fort 04:55.

However night trains in Sri Lanka are not very comfortable. Booking can be done at main stations from 10 days before travelling.

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