Cost of Transportation in Sri Lanka

Cost of Transportation in Sri Lanka

(Trains, Buses, Taxis, Tuk-Tuks)

If you’re anything like us, you hate getting ripped off and having to pay “foreigner prices” when you travel. I mean, we don’t mind paying $50 for a long bus ride as long as we are paying the same price as everyone else, am I right? Anyway, after searching the internet for bus prices, train prices, and tuk-tuk prices, we found nothing, so here’s a list of the prices we paid during our travels around Sri Lanka.

Cost of taxi from Negombo to Colombo:

1,500 rupees ($10USD) through the Pickme app.

Cost of train from Colombo to Galle:

190 rupees ($1.22USD)

Cost for tuk-tuk from Galle to Unawatuna:

200-300 rupees ($1.30-$1.93USD)

Cost for bus from Unawatuna to Mirissa:

70 rupees ($0.45USD)

Cost for bus from Mirissa to Matara:

40 rupees ($0.25USD)

Cost for bus from Matara to Tangalle:

90 rupees ($0.58USD)

Cost for bus from Tangalle to Yala:

90 rupees ($0.58USD)

Cost for bus from Yala to Ella:

100 rupees ($0.64USD)

Cost for train from Ella to Nuwara Eliya:

70 rupees ($0.45USD) on the slow train

Cost for train from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy:

90 rupees ($0.58USD)

Cost for bus from Kandy to Dambulla:

100 rupees ($0.64USD)

Cost for bus from Dambulla to Sigiriya:

40 rupees ($0.25USD)

Cost to rent a motorbike and drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa:

1,500 rupees/day ($10.00)

Cost for bus from Sigiriya to Negombo (We took 3 buses to get to our destination):

40 rupees ($0.25USD) from Sigiriya to Dambulla

83 rupees ($0.53USD) from Dambulla to Kurunegala

105 rupees ($0.67USD) from Kurunegala to Negombo

As you can see, we mostly traveled by bus because it is the cheapest option. We hardly ever took tuk-tuks unless it was absolutely necessary, and we didn’t miss out on the epic train rides. In general, short bus rides will cost you 20-50 rupees, and long bus rides will cost you 50-150 rupees. As you can see, we never paid more than that and neither should you. We always looked at what locals were paying and asked for the same price. Some buses will try to charge you for your bags because they take an extra seat, just put your bags on your lap and don’t fall for their tricks. They may also try to charge you more by saying that it is the “express bus,” also a bunch of bulls**t. Just stick to your guns and they will see that you’re not a dumb tourist. Hopefully this will help you while you travel Sri Lanka.

*NOTE: These are all prices per person.

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