Travelling through Sri Lanka by Train
Updated: Nov 1, 2019
Sri Lanka is becoming an increasingly popular tourism destination, and travelling through the country using local transport has never been easier. Although there is plenty of room for improvement, the trains have seen an unprecetended demand, with foreigners hanging on the outside of the train - something only the locals would dare. As fun as that may be for some, our tip is this: Book train tickets as soon as possible. The upcoming holiday season will see an even higher demand for tickets so don't count on getting tickets 10 minutes before departure unless you are willing to stand.
The trains to Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Kandy have various classes; luxury, observation, 2nd and 3rd class. A 2nd class (unreserved) ticket does not guarantee you a seat so be there as early as possible. 30-45 mins if you want the chance to get a seat. The same applies for trains to Trinco and Matara.
You can book train tickets using a Mobitel or Dialog sim card. Simply dial 365 and book the journey that you want, but be prepared to wait on the line as you wont be the only one dialing to get a ticket. The rest is pretty simple and straightforward. Visit https://www.mobitel.lk/train-tickets-0#tab-content-area-130 for more info. Ticket prices range from Rs. 150 to 1500 depending on the journey and class.
We strongly recommend the #train to anyone who is thinking about travelling by train - it is not only cheap, it is quite comfortable as well (considering you get a seat) and it shows you #SriLanka first hand. It is definitely better than sitting in an A/C car for the entire trip.
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