a VirtualTourist member from Lodz
I need to get from the airport to Kosgoda early in the morning next Sunday. What time is the first direct bus or train? How much will I pay for the taxi?
Thank you in advance
No direct buses or trains into existence. Currently even no trains to Kosgoda at all, there are railway works between Kalutara and Galle for some months.
Taxi would set you back around Rs 8,000 and would not cost more than 2.5 hours or so middle of the night. Buses from airport to Colombo do go at night (187, first a free shuttle bus needed to bus stand) but infrequent. Buses Colombo-Kosgoda start around 5:30 AM and would take 2 hours for THAT part early in the morning.
All the best,
There are no direct buses/trains from the airport to Kosgoda.
The coastal railway on goes as far as Kalutara South at the moment due to track renovations, so your only option is buses - which are are not suited for large luggage (hard-case suitcases), a medium size backpack is maximum.
If you opt for buses you will first have to take the free shuttle bus (runs 3 times per hour) from the northeastern end of the pavement outside the airport to Katunayake bus stand. Then it is bus # 187 to Colombo, and finally a # 2 bus bound for either Ambalangoda, Galle or Matara to Kosgoda.
A taxi will cost approx. LKR 7,500.
Thank you both, I was not aware of the railway works. In that case I will probably decide on taxi as I am traveling with big luggage an unfortunately broken ankle.