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Sri Lanka has a fairly well connected network of transportation which covers road, rail and air. Both national transportation services and private transportation services operate within the island.
Passenger and goods train services connect most of the major towns in the island, with intercity and express train services between the main routes in the country. The main railway station is situated in Fort, Colombo 01. The Sri Lanka Railways department, in conjunction with the private sector, also offers a special tourist service comprising of a special compartment with Wi-Fi services, air-conditioning, television, and catering.
The Central Transport Board of Sri Lanka deploys a large number of busses on every route throughout Sri Lanka. While most outstation busses follow a schedule, many private busses operate continuously 24-hours a day. There are air-conditioned and non –air-conditioned busses that operate throughout the island. There are central bus depots in the main cities of the island, from which you can obtain the bus schedules if required.
If you would like to experience Sri Lanka by air, you can always contact the Sri Lankan Air Taxi service which operates sea planes to the major tourist towns in Sri Lanka. You can also opt for a helicopter ride offered by the Sri Lanka Air Force or other privately held establishments.
The topic of transportation in Sri Lanka is not complete if we do not speak about the three-wheelers and taxis. They are the quickest method of transport around Colombo and the suburbs. The drivers are often very chirpy and are eager to educate you on Sri Lanka as they drive you to your destination.