Galle Transportation

  • Railway Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    Railway Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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  • Railway Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    Railway Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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  • Bus Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
    Bus Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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    Jump on the bus.

    by planxty Written Feb 21, 2014

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    Bus Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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    Whilst I had arrived in Galle on the train (see separate tip), I departed by bus and took a couple of daytrips by bus when I was there. Galle Bus Station seems to be slightly more organised than the usual Sri Lankan set-up even though it is pretty large and has a useful information desk. Although the guy in there did not appear to understand me (hardly surprising given my accent), he immediately summoned his mate who told me exactly which stop I needed and even the bus number. Nice work, guys.

    Being on the main coast road South from Colombo, it is well-served with buses in both directions which mostly terminate in the capital to the North and Matara to the South although there are a decent number that continue on the either Tissakaharama (Tissa as everyone calls it) or even Kateragama if that is your destination. Do ask though as it may be quicker to get the first bus to Matara and change. Also note that if you are going North to Colombo you now have two options now with the opening of a new expressway. The journey by the old coast road takes between three and three and a half hours but the express bus along the expressway is only one hour 15 minutes. There are only a few a day and are considerably more expensive. Also, you'll miss the lovely scenery along the coast, so you need to decide on your option, speed over scenery.

    A few sample frequencies and times will give you an idea. Hambantota - every 30 minutes, three hours 30, Hikkaduwa - every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, Matara - every 15 minutes, one hour 15, Tangalle - every 30 minutes, two gours 30, Tissa - every 30 minutes, four hours 15.

    There are plenty of hawkers about the place and even on the buses plus a good selection of "coolspots (drinks places) and eating houses dotted all around the vicinity.

    As I have mentioned numerous other places on my pages about Southern Sri Lanka, this building is new as it had to be rebuilt after the appalling tsunami of 26/12/2004 although it took until 2011 for it to be officially opened by the President. Interestingly, it is the lngest bus stand (as they are called here) in Sri Lanka at 161 metres and services an amazing 700 buses a day. There are separate waiting rooms for men and women and, most surprisingly in this country, a lounge for disabled people so full marks for that. I am still not sure how someone with serious mobility issues would get on or off a bus here but it has to be seen as a positive.

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    Let the train take the strain.

    by planxty Written Feb 7, 2014

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    Railway Station, Galle, Sri Lanka.
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    I have no doubt that the bus from Colombo is faster and certainly much more frequent than the train but it is no secret here on Virtual Tourist that I love train travel and so that is what I did. The journey from Fort Station to Galle took me about two and a quarter hours although it can run anything up to nearly three depending on the service.

    In the way of Sri Lankan trains, it was very crowded and many people had to stand for much of the journey although I was lucky enough to find a seat which was just as well with my bad back. I had nearly actually put my back out trying to force my not overly large kitbag into the rather narrow luggage racks but that was the only option. You certainly could not have put it in the aisle.

    As is the way on Asian trains, there were vendors the whole way, mostly selling peanuts, fruit and cold drinks (no alcohol). If you are on an extremely tight budget the train is generally speaking about half the price of the bus but both options are literally only pennies. There is no first class or reservation available for this service, only second and economy and it really is paying the few extra rupees for the second class.

    I did not have to use the toilet facilities but there was the odd whiff coming from that direction so maybe best avoided!

    There are some gorgeous sea views as you pass along the coast as the track follows it quite closely and I really enjoyed my journey.

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    Bus

    by PierreZA Written Jan 24, 2010

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    Galle Train Station

    The Bus Station is in the Central part of Galle, close to the train station.

    I took a intercity bus to Colombo from there, and also used an intercity from Matara to Galle.
    These are very comfortable with A/C, and not expensive. One of the best ways of getting around.

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    Train and bus stations

    by jungles Written May 24, 2006

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    Sri Lanka train on the move

    The train and bus stations are next to each other near the cricket ground, with the fort about a ten-minute walk away on the other side of the cricket ground. There is a Food City supermarket just in front of the bus station where you can stock up on snacks if you have a long journey ahead. Many trains leave for Colombo in the early morning; the schedule seems to cater mostly to commuters. There are no trains between about 10:20am and 2pm, but you can always catch a bus, which takes about three hours to Colombo.

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    Bus to Colombo

    by Sambawalk Written Feb 11, 2006

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    You can choose either public slow big bus or express private mini van to colombo from Galle. The journey for minivan was 3 hours. It gets very crowd and there is no place for the lugguage. So you have to pay extra ticket for the luggage which is Rs130 per person. Even a small aligning exit area can put up 4 people!! So try to get a seat not close to the exit door nor in the front or middle. It is a long journey and you should pick a good seat. Frequency of bus is full to go.

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    Train Station

    by Sambawalk Written Feb 11, 2006

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    All you can found in Galle Train station. I found the manual train departure chart is interesting. See more pics.

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    Tuk Tuk

    by freya_heaven Written Apr 6, 2004

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    Inside tuk tuk

    We went Galle in A Tuk Tuk from Beruwela. Very Cheap, it is quite a slow way to travel so Ideal for taking photos along the way

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