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Jaffna railway station is the largest station complex in the Northern Province. This railway station used to handle thousands of long distance and short distance travelling passengers every day. This station is not a busy station like Colombo or Kandy, except for the time of Colombo bound trains' arrival and departure. Train station is located near to the Jaffna city. It is located at the end of the Martin Road which is called as station road from the junction of Hospital road. Jetwing North Gate Hotel is located just on the left side of the Jaffna Railway station.
The station was recently renovated and it houses latest technologies' and facilities. There are facilities for the disabled passengers to access it for train travel. You can find Rest rooms here with beds at reasonable price. Sri Lanka passengers can access free Wi-Fi in this railway station area. To connect to the internet through the Smartphones and tablets you need login to the Government webpage. One SLTB bus service is operating from this railway station to the Jaffna city bus stand when the Colombo bound train use to arrive here. Current bus fare is Rs 12/- per passenger.
Lot of three wheels (Tuk Tuk) are operating around this area. Mostly during the Colombo bound trains' arrival time. Before you get in to any of these tuk tuk, ask the price first. Most of these three wheels don't have meters fitted in them. Don't get in to it, without agreeing the price. To reach the Jaffna bus stand, walk along the station road and turn to the right at the first junction at the hospital road. If you walk along this road you will pass Jaffna Government hospital and then about 50 Mts onwards, you will see the city bus stand. (Distance about 800 Meters).
To reach the Sri Naga Vihara Buddhist Temple and its pilgrims resting complex, once you are out of the station, turn on the right side lane and keep walking in this narrow lane. You will reach Point Pedro road and the railway level crossing, there turn to the right and keep walking on the right side. You can view the temple and the building complex on the left side of it. You can view a small pond called Ariya kulam. (Distance 750 Meters.)
Be there at least 10 minutes before the arrival of your train.
At the entrance ask the "Gate Keeper" on which plat form your train is coming.
Display your ticket and ask on which place your compartment will stay. (In the from, middle or on the rear side)
If the Train is not coming on the Number ONE platform, use the underground passage to reach the other platforms.
Foreign backpackers who are coming to Jaffna need to take note of this.
Jaffna railway station may look good place for you to spend your night. But it is not advisable, as it will turn in to a deserted place in the night time. Better to find a cheap hotel or lodge to spend your night safely. You can ask the station master, if there are any rooms available for rent out in the station complex. No incidents were reported in this railway station area, but be cautious.
As of 2017, passengers can use rest rooms and wash rooms in this station. Canteen facility is available inside of this station, specially during the time of Colombo bound trains departure time. You can buy snacks and mineral water bottles from the nearby tea shops that are located in front of the railway station. Train tickets can be purchased at the station counter prior to the arrival of the train on the platform. Some Colombo bound trains start from the Jaffna station. While some used to start from the Kankesanthurai station and come over here to continue its journey to Colombo.
Don't try to get out of the station along with the railway track or platform. Use only the manned main gates. Keep your train ticket or Reservation sheet to hand over at the exit gate. It is necessary to have a valid train ticket to enter the platform otherwise buy a platform ticket to send off your friend or relative. Some hotels available at walking distance from the Jaffna Railway Station.
Very kind staffs are available in the station. They can speak English Fluently.
You can buy tickets at the counter before the train's arrival.
You can make advance booking (Reservation) for your Colombo bound train seats.
Check the notice board as on some dates all the seats may have been completely reserved.