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Transfer from Colombo to Unawatuna

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Transfer from Colombo to Unawatuna

We will be travelling from Colombo to Unawatuna in March. We are unsure of whether to travel by bus/train/taxi.

How reliable are trains and buses and roughly how long would each of them take? Is there a direct train/bus from Colombo to Unawatuna?

Recommendations welcome. Thank you

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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1. Re: Transfer from Colombo to Unawatuna

Hi there,

Cab 3 hours and Rs 10,000-11,000 from the taxi desks. Bus-train 5-6 hours as these cannot use the E-way. Reliability soso but in the end they'll get you there. Hybrid compromise could be cab 1 hour to Kadawatha bus stand, Rs 2500, then EX01 bus to Galle (1.45 hours) and then tuktuk or cab to U'tuna.

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Transfer from Colombo to Unawatuna

Hi Caroline,

We used an app called PickMe which works like Uber. Our driver picked us up from the airport and took us straight to our accommodation in Hikkaduwa. (It took about 2 hours and cost us £28) It wasn’t as ‘authentic’ as the bus or train but great if you arrive at 4am :)

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3. Re: Transfer from Colombo to Unawatuna


Trains and busses are reliable but it really depends what time you land... and if you are up for negotiating public transport after a long flight. As the poster below states pick me (and kangaroo cabs) are both good transfer options to get to your hotel quickly. They both have apps you can download from abroad.

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4. Re: Transfer from Colombo to Unawatuna

Bus is reliable but takes around 3 hours or a bit more. Bus no 2 AC or ordinary departs from Colombo Fort Station. Its very cheap compared to taxis. Only Rs 300 AC from Colombo to Galle and a few more rupees from Galle station to Unawatuna.

Edited: 11 March 2018, 20:49
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