The sort of views you can expect after your Colombo To Mirissa journey

Colombo To Mirissa Made Simple In 2024

The first thing we did in Sri Lanka? Get the train straight from Colombo to Mirissa. In a few hours, you go from city to paradise. Let us show you how!

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  • The train is the best option – Book Here
  • Getting a taxi is the most comfortable but most expensive option – Use the Pick Me App
  • Hiring a car is the most convenient for the rest of the trip but requires some admin – Book Here
  • A hotel shuttle bus is the easiest but requires this service with your accommodation – See our recommended accommodation option for a shuttle bus here.
  • The #1 activity that you simply must do in Mirissa is whale watching – Book Here

Colombo To Mirissa

There are 6 main options to make your way down from Colombo to Mirissa; train, bus, tuk-tuk, taxi, hire car, and hotel shuttle. Even though we think the train is the best option it might not be for you!

Mirissa is the jewel of the south coast, in our opinion, and you simply must spend a couple of days down here during your trip to Sri Lanka. Remember to check out our top things to do in Mirissa after the transport options!

Read More: Whale Watching In Mirissa – Ultimate Guide Plus Video


Colombo To Mirissa By Train

There are two destination train stations to choose from when traveling from Colombo to Mirissa by train, Weligama or Mirissa. There are more trains to Weligama and the platform is bigger so you won’t have to make sure that you are on the correct carriage to get off.

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Also, both stations will still require you to get a taxi or tuk-tuk to your hotel as neither is actually in Mirissa town center so going to Weligama is not that much more inconvenient. Below is the current train timetable from Colombo to Mirissa and Colombo to Weligama.

DepartureArrivalDurationClassBooking
6:50 am10:30 am3 hr 402/3
2:40 pm5:41 pm3hr 11/2/3
6:17 pm9:40 om3hr 232/3
Colombo To Mirissa
DepartureArrivalDurationClassBooking
6:50 am10:22 am3hr 322/3
8:35 am11:45 am3 hr 102/3
10:30 am1:31 pm3 hr 12/3
2:40 pm5:33 pm2hr 531/2/3
3:50 pm6:07 pm2hr 172/3
4:46 pm7:25 pm2hr 392/3
6:17 pm9:32 pm3hr 152/3
Colombo To Weligama

It’s totally up to you which train you get but if you can get the 6:50 am train DO IT! Get out of bed and make the most of a beach day in Mirissa.

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Class To Choose

Train travel in Sri Lanka is pretty affordable so if you really want then grab a 1st class ticket. 1st class is a bit more comfortable and has A/C so this is something you may want to consider.

However, if you opt for 1st class then you are limited to the 2:40 pm train, which I think is one of the worst trains as it is right bang in the middle of the day which basically wastes a day.

Colombo To Mirissa 2nd Class example
An example of Sri Lankan 2nd Class

We traveled around Sri Lanka for a month and never bought a 1st class ticket (mostly 2nd class and a few 3rd) and both 2nd and 3rd class were just fine.

3rd Class is very basic so if you really struggle with lack of comfort and experiencing things a little out of your zone then I would opt for at least 2nd. We loved our 3rd class experience though. Watching the glorious west coast zoom by out of the wide-open carriage doors was cool.

Pro Tip

All of the classes have large racks above the seats so you will have space for big bags and luggage. We had two big suitcases and a couple of rucksacks and even had plenty of space overhead in 3rd class.

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When You Get There

As I said before, you will need to get transport from the train station of your choice to your hotel. I recommend grabbing a tuk-tuk on the Pick Me app (apple/android). We used Pick Me all over Sri Lanka and it is fantastic.

The app doesn’t have coverage everywhere in Sri Lanka but you can still put in your journey and it will still give you the market rates for that journey so you can use it as a guide even when there are no drivers. This will help you avoid getting ripped off.

Colombo To Mirissa Tuk Tuk
These tuk tuks are everywhere.

If you want to use the App then you will need a local sim card. Make sure you pick one of those up at the airport if you haven’t already flown in. We used Airtel because no one was queuing there when we arrived at the airport and it did us very well.

If you don’t have the Pick Me app then there will be people waiting at the station, just make sure they don’t charge you crazy money.

Pro Tip

If you choose to travel to Mirissa station, make sure you are in the front two carriages when you pull into the station. We didn’t know this and off we went to the next station because we couldn’t get off… DOH!

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Colombo To Mirissa By Taxi

There are plenty of opportunities to grab a taxi from Colombo to Mirissa. The best way to do this, BY FAR, is to use the Pick Me App. Tourists can expect to pay a premium of up to triple the cost of the market rate if they decide to grab a taxi from the street or get their hotel to organize it for them.

If you have a lot of luggage then do not get the cheapest option as they tend to be VERY small cars and might not actually be able to fit in the bags that you have.

Make sure you get a good sized cab for your Colombo to Mirissa trip
Jade could hardly fit in this tiny car, luckily it was a short journey on this occasion

Also, it is a relatively long journey by car, around 3 hours, so you might want to get a more premium car so you are not completely uncomfortable the whole journey.

If you are staying in Colombo, you can also ask your hotel for help arranging transport but only agree to a price that you are genuinely happy with.

Pick Me is also a safer alternative as the app tracks where you are and has emergency buttons built in for quick response. This is another thing to consider when organizing a taxi from Colombo to Mirissa.

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Colombo To Mirissa By Tuk Tuk

Whilst having a look on Pick Me, you may have noticed that it is possible to get a tuk-tuk all the way down. You may also have noticed that it is the cheapest option on Pick Me. Please don’t do this. The train is cheaper and much more comfortable.

Imagine sitting in a tuk-tuk for 4-5 hours. I love a tuk-tuk ride but that sounds like it would get old very quickly. You would also be paying more money for a slower more comfortable ride than the train. 1/10 would not recommend.

A really cool thing to do in Sri Lanka is to hire a tuk-tuk. As much as I do not recommend going from Colombo to Mirissa in a tuk-tuk, hiring one for zooming around Mirissa is great fun. Check out our guide here.

RENTING A TUK TUK In Sri Lanka!!!! An Honest Review!

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Colombo To Mirissa By Hire Car

A hire vehicle is always a great idea if you want to maximize your travel flexibility. In Sri Lanka, you can get a compact hire vehicle for as little as $35 a day. This is, of course, more than getting public transport but if you have a large group of you or you are a family then the convenience may start to outweigh the additional cost quite quickly.

Traveling from Colombo to Mirissa by hire car is pretty straightforward but they do drive on the left. If you are coming from a left country (like us) then this is pretty easy, but if you drive on the right normally then this may take a few minutes to acclimatize.

I recently drove on the right in Iceland and it is much easier to do than it sounds. After 1 minute, I didn’t even think about it for the rest of the trip.

You will need to have your license validated by the Automotive Association of Sri Lanka before you can drive here which your hire company can assist with. Jade got this done so we could hire a tuk-tuk and it was very simple. Just make sure you do it before you arrive in Sri Lanka as it can take several days.

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Colombo To Mirissa By Hotel Shuttle

This is the easiest option to travel from Colombo to Mirissa. You book yourself into a hotel that offers airport pickup and simply look for your name on a sign, jump into the car/minibus and off you go to the doors of your hotel.

Sounds simple right? Well, it is but you have to book a hotel that actually offers this and they are the more premium accommodation options.

If you are on a tight budget then your accommodation will probably not offer this. If you want a luxury experience once you get down to Mirissa then here is my top recommendation for a hotel that offers an airport/Colombo shuttle.

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Siri Wedamadura

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Your own private Villa near the beach with grounds, pool, and chef? You would think that this is going to absolutely smash the bank account. I swear to you that you will be blown away by how affordable Siri Wedamadura is. Plus they have an airport shuttle!

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Colombo To Mirissa By Bus

Getting public buses in Sri Lanka is one hell of an experience. A positive one? I’m not sure. If you want to get a bus from Colombo to Mirissa then head on over to the Fort Station and jump on any bus that is heading for Matara.

This journey is going to take up to 3 hours and be the cheapest option in this list. The buses have no real timetable but if you head over to the station, there will be signs or people to help you find the right bus.

Colombo to Mirissa bus stations are crazy
Sri Lanka bus stops can be hard to navigate.

If you have a lot of luggage (or simply just 1 big suitcase) then the public buses might not be the best option. They are already cramped to begin with and you may not actually have any space for your bags.

I recommend trying out the bus if you have a small rucksack and you want a true Sri Lanka backpacker experience. You can’t book public buses so head on over to Fort Station (map below) and good luck!

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Things To Do In Mirissa

Whale Watching

Mirissa is the best place in the whole world to see blue whales. If you come to Mirissa and don’t go on a whale-watching tour then you have missed out on a huge opportunity. We have been to Mirissa twice and have gone both times, it’s so good. Check out the video of our experience below, see the full article to whale watching in Mirissa here or book the same tour as we went on here.

Realistic Experience For Whale Watching In Mirissa

Coconut Tree Hill

This little hill near the main Mirissa beach is where everyone goes to get that super cool Instagram shot. We have written a guide to this photogenic hill which you can see here or in the video below! It’s not something that you should spend too long doing but the photos you can get are excellent.

Coconut Tree Hill Mirissa: Is It Worth Your Time In Sri Lanka?

Secret Beach

Secret beach is well worth a visit after your trip from Colombo to Mirissa. If you manage to get the early train, this could be a great option for your first day. All of the details on how to get to Secret beach and what to do there can be found in our guide here.

Discover SECRET BEACH MIRISSA: A Sri Lankan Paradise in 2022!

Mirissa Beach

Mirissa Beach is the main beach in Mirissa and it is spectacular. I have never seen more people than the beach can handle and you will always be able to get a spot on the sand whenever you venture down. If you want a sunbed, you may have to venture down a bit earlier (around 8-9 am).

When the sunsets, all of the hotels and restaurants on the beach put out tables and candles at the water’s edge. This is the best spot in town for a brilliant romantic meal.

You should get to see the incredible sunset at Mirissa after your Colombo to Mirissa journey
Mirissa Beach at Sunset

Where To Stay In Mirissa

There are plenty of incredible accommodation options in Mirissa. We even wrote an entire article about the best Villas in the whole town which should check out, they are sick. However, below are my top 3 favourites for different budgets. After I have included a map that can show you all of the options available on your selected dates!

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Budget

The Point

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We stayed here for an entire month and it was pretty darn good for the price. The owners are very helpful and the rooms are pretty decent. The Point is a great option for a tight budget.

Villa

Siri Wedamadura

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As stated before, Siri Wedamadura is an absolutely affordable Villa that has its own private grounds, pool, and housekeeping. Just check it out to see if it is in your price point, you may be surprised.

Luxury

Sri Sharavi

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Sri Sharavi has everything. Spa, bar, restaurant, incredible rooms, biggest pool on the south coast, yoga area, wine cellar, and a chess room… Plus more. This villa complex is incredible and it is a fantastic option if you want the most incredible Mirissa holiday ever.

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What To Take To Mirissa

Here is a list of all the most important things you need to take on your Colombo to Mirissa journey and for your stay in Mirissa. Everything is updated regularly. I have also included a list of essentials that I think every traveller needs.

ThermoFlask Stainless Steel Bottle

If you are going for a long backpacking adventure, or you go through plastic water bottles way too quickly, then you need to check out this stainless steel water bottle by ThermoFlask. It will take the beating of months/years on the road and keep your drinks ice cold or toasty warm, wherever you may be.

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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

If you travel and you read then you almost certainly own or have thought about buying yourself a Kindle. You'll never have to choose which books will fit in your luggage again. This incredible new Kindle is perfect in direct sunlight, has an adjustable backlight, and can survive being submerged underwater!

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WOWSUN Polarized Sunglasses

A decent pair of polarised sunglasses is difficult to get at a decent price, especially if you want them to look good. These from WOWSUN have lots of different styles (male/female) and colours to choose from and they are very affordable. Click through to see all of your options.

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Tummy Control Swimsuit

Looking for a stylish, flattering, complimenting swimsuit that shows off all of your best features whilst also being great for swimming and having fun? Then check out all of the incredible styles and colours these tummy control swimsuits come in.

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Bose QuietComfort Ultra Noise Cancelling Headphones

We have been using Bose noise-cancelling headphones for over 5 years now and they are a game changer on planes and other types of loud transport. These have the most up-to-date noise cancellation as well as a built-in mic for calls. I have frequently worn mine for very long-haul flights of up to 12 hours and the comfort is absolutely incredible.

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Greatever Snorkel Set

We all know how frustrating it can be to hire snorkels from local vendors as the quality tends to be below par, or they just immediately fog up. We have chosen the Greatever snorkel set due to its affordability, face fit, and anti-fog attributes, which all combined make for an excellent addition to your luggage!

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Sun Bum SPF 50 Sunscreen

We all know what sunscreen is and we all know how important it is but why go with Sun Bum? They are cruelty-free and are compliant with the Hawaii 104 Reef Act meaning that you will be helping decrease the amount of damage sunscreens have to the environment that you are swimming in. If that hasn't convinced you then click through to find out even more.

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Microfibre Poncho Towel

Need to change on a crowded beach? No more cowering behind a normal towel whilst someone holds it up! Need a compact towel that fits in your day bag? It's got that covered too. These have genuinely been a lifesaver over the years and there are literally no downsides!

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Yoga Foam Flip Flops

I love wearing flip-flops all day which means that they must be more comfortable than the standard hard plastic ones. These yoga foam flip-flops have been designed for extended use and hope to be the most comfortable flip-flops you ever wear. They come in loads of different colours too!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is The Best Way To Travel From Colombo To Mirissa?

The train. The train is relatively quick, comfortable, and cheap. There are cheaper alternatives (the bus) and more comfortable alternatives (taxi) but the train is the best of all worlds.

Should I Travel From Colombo To Mirissa?

I think Mirissa is the gem of the south coast so you should definitely travel from Colombo to Mirissa.

Is Mirissa Worth It?

Mirissa has some fantastic opportunities to go whale watching and relax on the beach. Anyone traveling to Sri Lanka should spend at least 2-3 days down here.

What Is The Cheapest Option To Travel From Colombo To Mirissa?

The cheapest option is the bus. It is not a lot cheaper than the train and the train is a better option if you have a lot/big bags.

What Should I Do After Travelling From Colombo To Mirissa?

If you manage to get the earliest train then I think you should check out Secret beach.


That’s our entire guide to traveling from Colombo to Mirissa. Let us know if this was helpful or if there is anything we can add to our guide in the comments section below!


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