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Fort Railway Station

Fort Railway Station
Passengers and trains at Colombo Fort Station
Station statistics
Coordinates 6°56'01.40"N 79°51'03.14"E
Line(s) Main Line
Coastal Line
Connections Buses, via Central Bus Stand, Pettah
Tracks 11
Other information
Opened 1908[1]
Electrified no[2]
Station code FOT
Owned by Sri Lanka Railways
Passengers () 0.2 million daily[1]

Fort Railway Station is a major rail hub in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The station is served by Sri Lanka Railways, with many inter-city and commuter trains entering each day. Fort Station is the main rail gateway to central Colombo; it is the terminus of most intercity trains in the country.[3]


Fort Station is significant for its Victorian-era architecture

When the railways first opened in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1864, trains terminated at Colombo Terminus Station, a now-retired station near Maradana. The earliest station to be called Fort was a small station, built in 1877 when the Coast Line was built. This original station sat on the site of present-day Secretariat Halt just west of today's Fort Station.[4]

The present Fort Station was opened in 1917, as a new central station for Colombo. This has been constructed similar to Maradana Station. This was ceremonially opened by G.P. Green who was the General Manager at CGR.[5] Fort was added in 1917 to serve the city centre.[4]



Fort Station is in the heart of the city, located next to Colombo Fort and Pettah and close to the meeting points of the A1 and A4 highways. The station provides access to businesses and offices in Colombo Fort, as well as the markets at Pettah.

Fort Station is a couple kilometres away from Maradana Station, the other major rail station in Colombo.

Transport connections

In addition to providing connection between the many trains that serve the station, Fort Station also provides connections to bus services through the Central Bus Stand in Pettah. Colombo Secretariat Station, the city terminus for the Airport Express, is located to the west of the station, with no direct pedestrian connection.


Intercity train at Fort
Passengers embarking and alighting at Fort

The station is served from the east by the Main line, which leads to several other major routes in Sri Lanka's railway network. Most of these trains terminate at Fort Station. The station is served to the south-west by the Coastal line, leading to Galle and Matara.

Fort station is also a hub for commuter rail within the Colombo metropolis.

Inter-city trains

Route[6][7] Frequency[6]
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Vavuniya – (Jaffna) – (Kankesanturai) 10 Daily (11 on Saturdays)
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Ragama - Polgahawela – Kurunegala - Maho 4 Daily (3 on weekends)
Anuradhapura – Maho – Kurunegala – Polgahawela – Maho – Ragama – Colombo Maradana – Colombo Fort – Panadura - Galle – Matara 1 Daily
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Batticaloa
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Trincomalee
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Ragama - Polgahawela – Peradeniya - Nawalapitiya - Hatton - Nanu Oya - Pattipola - Ella - Badulla 3 Daily
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Ragama - Polgahawela – Peradeniya - Kandy 9 Daily (11 on weekends)
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Ragama - Polgahawela – Peradeniya - Kandy - Nawalapitiya - Hatton - Nanu Oya - Pattipola - Ella - Badulla 2 Daily
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Ragama - Polgahawela 1 Daily
Colombo Maradana – Colombo Fort – Panadura - Galle – Matara 8 Daily
Colombo Maradana – Colombo Fort – Panadura - Galle 5 Daily (4 on Saturdays)
Colombo Fort – Panadura - Galle – Matara 1 Daily
Colombo Fort – Colombo Maradana – Ragama - Negombo – Chilaw - Bangadeniya - Puttalam

Commuter and local trains[8]

Route Frequency
Towards Panadura 25
Towards Veyangoda 39
Towards Ja Ela 14
Kelani Valley Line 8


Preceding station Sri Lanka Railways[3] Following station
Terminus   Yal Devi   Vavuniya
Udaya Devi Batticaloa
Unnamed intercity expresses Kandy, Batticaloa,
Vavuniya, Galle
Terminus   Udarata Menike   Maradana
Podi Menike Maradana
Tikiri Menike Maradana
Senkadagala Menike Maradana
Terminus   Muthu Kumari   Maradana
Bambalapitiya   Rajarata Rajina   Maradana
Bambalapitiya   Ruhunu Kumari   Maradana
Samudra Devi Maradana
Galu Kumari Maradana
Sagarika Maradana
Slave Island   Commuter Rail   Maradana

Station layout

The station has a through-station layout, despite being the terminus for many services. This allows most platforms to serve both terminating and through trains. The platforms are oriented east-west. The ticket hall is to the north of the platforms.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Colombo Fort Railway Station". Sri Lanka Railways. Retrieved 2012-02-06. 
  2. ^ "Daily News". IESL proposes railway electrification project. 2010-12-25. 
  3. ^ a b "Sri Lanka Railways Timetable"
  4. ^ a b Hyatt, D. An Overview of the Development of the Sri Lanka Railway 2009.
  5. ^ a b Rail 2000. Sri Lanka Railway. p. 203. 
  6. ^ a b "Train Schedule". Government Information Centre. Government of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Rail Routes of Sri Lanka". Model Railroad Club. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Search Train". Retrieved 7 September 2014. 

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