Colombo Fort Railway Station, Colombo

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Visit the major rail hub of the region at Colombo Fort Railway Station, with lines servicing most of the main cities in the country. From this central station, you can explore a bustling marketplace, or just find somewhere to sit and people-watch among the buzz of activity. Take a moment to absorb the station's design, which dates back to 1917: modeled on Manchester Victoria station in England, it stands on land reclaimed from a lake. Remember when riding the train here: you have to be quick and unforgiving to get a seat, so arrive early. Using our world travel planner, Colombo attractions like Colombo Fort Railway Station can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This station served the commuters who travel daily from their hometown to the city center every day during weekdays. In addition it also served tourist who travels down south from Colombo. It is a cla...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The Fort Station has a rustic and olden age feel, but the services and standard of the station and Sri Lankan trains need to Improve slot. Don't even think of using the washroom at this place.  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    I am not sure I would have gone to visit as a standalone attraction but as our train from Bentota terminated here so we had a look see - the station has a lot of history with some interesting architec...  more »

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Despite its relatively low cost of living, Colombo accommodations tend to be fairly pricey. Close to the sea and the lake, as well as near the city's parks and the plazas, hotels come in the form of old colonial buildings and ultra-modern high rises, with a decent selection of each to choose from. Budget-conscious travelers should pay attention to the short rental options in the town's more residential areas, or look for the smattering of simple, but serviceable options close to the main train stations, and on the side streets set back from the waterfront.
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