Sri Lanka is not that big, it’s easy to travel around. Whether you choose to go by bus or train when you’re
How to travel around Sri Lanka
From crazy tuktuk rides in Colombo to “oh my god I’m going to die”-taxis, Sri Lanka has it all!
Disco buses and suicidal mini buses
“Is he seriously using his horn now?”
We were on our way from Hikkaduwa to Colombo. The traffic signal was red. There was nowhere to go. Yet the driver was honking like a maniac.
The last couple of hours had been a mix of constant aggressive honkin and loud yelling at every stop to attract more passangers. All seats taken? No problem, just stand!
The bus ride from Hikkaduwa to Colombo is usually 4 hours. Both the big local buses and the smaller mini buses (they have AC!!) runs on commision. Faster driving = more money = totally crazy driving!
The big buses also drive like there’s no tomorrow. What they lack in maneuverability, they make up for with speed, heat and loud music. Really loud music! Heck, we took the morning bus once from Colombo to Hikkaduwa once. 5 am,
Between the bigger
Do I recommend travelling by bus in Sri Lanka?
Most definitely! It’s so cheap to travel by bus in Sri Lanka and they go everywhere! It’s also a nice way to get close to the locals, which is always cool.
Trains in Sri Lanka – amazing views and a cockroach or two
Should you take the train between Ella and Kandy? Yes! It is as beautiful as you expect! Just remember to book your ticket as early as possible. Every major train station in Sri Lanka can help you out. Don’t bother with the booking agencies. They charge a massive overhead.
Some other fun facts about riding the train in Sri Lanka:
It’s quite OK to hang on the outside of the trains. Makes for pretty cool pictures.
We took the train from Kandy to Colombo. With 2nd class tickets (we bought the ticket 1 hour before departure), we had no seat reservation and the train was really full. People were standing. Everywhere! Luckily we got to sit in the doorway, dangling our legs outside the train enjoying the beautiful sunset.
On a late evening train from Colombo to Hikkaduwa, we scared a couple of cockroaches. So yes, there are cockroaches on the trains. Not really a fun fact, I guess.
So, should you travel by trains in Sri Lanka?
Once again, yes!
The trains in Sri Lanka are often crowded and sometimes late. They’re humid and chaotic.
But they’re so much fun! And the scenery outside is often breathtaking! And it’s cheap, so j
Or you could just rent a car and driver
But it’s so boring! Yes, you’ll get to where you’re going very fast and comfortable. But you will miss out on all the cool stories and no bragging rights.
And it’s expensive. Well, not really if you compare it to the prices at home. But compared to other means of transportation in Sri Lanka, it’s really expensive.
Do not rent a car in Sri Lanka and drive yourself! They drive like crazy! You’ll die, or kill someone. However, if you’re from Albania, go ahead and you’ll probably feel right at home 😉
FAQ on getting around in Sri Lanka
You’ll find bus stations in all major cities, and bus stops pretty much everywhere else. Some have a schedule, other leave when they’re full.
No point! You’ll take many tuk-tuk rides. They’re fun and cheap.
In short, yes. All tuk-tuks overcharge tourists, but it’s still cheap. But always haggle for a lower price.
If you ask your hotel for recommendations, you will ususally get an OK price.