Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala

Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala

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Transportation from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala

Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala Destination Reviews

GP
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
Watch out for the “deaf” guy scam. Looks official to guide you to the correct carriage but then want to to sign his sponsor form and give 1000 lkr
IT
Train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 2020
All went very well. Easy to book our tickets on-line. And the tickets themselves were delivered to our hotel in Colombo the day before we arrived.
YF
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Mar 7, 2020
Lovely relaxing train journey through besutiful scenery
RA
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 17, 2020
User-friendly and efficient booking service for the Viceroy II luxury train trip to Kandy. Ticket was readily accepted at Colombo Fort station without any hiccups whatsoever. Highly recommended.
JV
taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours), Dec 25, 2019
Great! The driver was on time and the van was comfortable. He found us a nice clean restaurant with good bathrooms and tasty food, good to stretch our legs.
TL
Train #1009 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 22, 2019
Tickets arrived to hotel as promised and we really enjoyed our train ride.
TM
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 10, 2019
We had the whole carriage to ourselves between Colombo and Peradenya. The carriage definitely needs updating starting with a fresh coat of pain on the exterior as initially I though it was a freight car. The interior seats were very much worn out and lighting was so dim that made the whole experience quite depressing. For the price, it definitely not worth it.
TA
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 10, 2019
Perfect. Ordered online. Got notified I had secured a 1st class ticket. I paid to have the tickets delivered to hotel. They were there when I arrived.
RO
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 3, 2019
Enjoyed well!
CK
Train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 21, 2019
Train ride was beautiful and we got tickets right at the back of the carriage very back of the train very cool to see everything, massive glass windows. Worth paying for first class for the air con! Thought I’d paid for delivery to hotel but was told I hadn’t... Luckily noticed this prior to arrival as 12go had emailed and I checked with the hotel. After additional payment the Tickets were delivered prior to our arrival. All in all good service would use again
GJ
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 9, 2019
Great way to buy tickets much cheaper than everybody else will use 12Go again
AK
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Nov 8, 2019
Was good
ME
Train #1007 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 11, 2019
Perfect! I received the ticket at my hotel the day before the travel. I was able to get the first-class observation seat. The trip to Peradeniya was beautiful.
AG
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 23, 2019
Exactly what we were after, fantastic scenery
JB
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 8, 2019
Tickets were delivered to hotel as arranged. The only issues were that our reserved seats were facing backwards in the direction of travel and that we did not have a window, even after booking months in advance.
EG
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 17, 2019
Tickets were delivered to hotel as requested - great service and a great train trip.
SB
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Aug 14, 2019
Hi, we enjoyed a lot in the charismatic interiors of the carriage. Just two issues : More than tea/coffee, at least few snacks as complimentary shoule be served. The carriage was jerking quite a lot, as the train picked up high speeds.
AS
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 26, 2019
Comfortable and on time
HE
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jun 5, 2019
All went to plan and was a great experience.
MG
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Apr 19, 2019
Very nice trip! Good organization, excellent staff and great idea!
WL
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Apr 18, 2019
Fabulous. Would highly recommend!
GG
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Apr 15, 2019
Beautiful scenery. Luxurious, comfortable air conditioned carriage.
AK
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Apr 11, 2019
Ver Nice seats and Nice staff
PC
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 8, 2019
Good. Train left on time and tickets worked no problem.
SJ
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 25, 2019
Very efficient service, cool & comfortable. Happily use again.
MR
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 21, 2019
Great
RN
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 18, 2019
We were offered great assistance at the station, easily found our seats & enjoyed the trip in comfort, great experience
KS
Train #1029 Second Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 28, 2019
Partially really nice views! Plenty of place on the 2nd class. Train was on time. We were sitting backwards which made me travel sick a bit and we only had a partial window on our spot. Not too many touts or vendors a plus! There was a violental incident in the train and it had to stop along the way and the violent person had to leave the train.
SD
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 23, 2019
The whole process was very easy. Tickets were even delivered to our hotel in Negombo. Train journey was beautiful and in comfy seats. Great experience I'd definitely recommend
SR
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 15, 2019
Great train ride.
DT
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 1, 2019
Amazing lounge chairs
MA
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 24, 2019
Great trip on the viceroy train and very easy to organise with e-ticket
LH
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 2, 2019
Great experience - the carriage was excellent. We appreciated the complementary cup of tea too! Slight confusion when arriving at the station as to whether we needed paper tickets, so maybe this could be improved.
KC
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 2, 2019
Great train journey. Excellent instructions from 12Go Asia . Very luxurious!
FA
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 27, 2018
Excellent! everything was very smooth. We exchanged a couple of emails and just before departure received an email from 12go explaining everything. It was very good to know that there would be a 12go representative at the station. The ViceRoyII was an amazing experience, I do not regret at all the extra that we had to pay for it. The staff was very nice and helpful with my 1 year boy that also loved the expereince. Highly recommended
CG
Train #1029 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 25, 2018
Picking up tickets: We went directly from the airport in Negombo to pick up our tickets (by taxi) on the 24th of December, and the office was open. Which was great. The office is about 7 kilometers from the train station, but we had already figured that out, and asked the taxi to drive us to both stops. The taxi cost us 3000 rupees, and a bus ride would probably have cost us a total of 500 rupees (for two people). But the time we saved, and the comfort of the taxi ride compared to taking the bus (which according to the driver did not go on that day - Christmas) was money well spent. Train ride: We had first class tickets. At first, we did not find the first class carriage, since we got on the train before they had attached the first class carriage to the train. So we ended up sitting in second class, until the train ticket collector told us where to go. First class has air con and the ride was nice with great views. Overall we had a good experience.
OA
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 20, 2018
The booking was changed, I did not get notified about it! I only found out when you delivered the tickets to the hotel
OC
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 15, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind assistance with the ticket
TD
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 28, 2018
Very poor service at Stef Lanka in Colombo. Waited for office to open in the morning for over half an hour before we gave up! So we tried calling the hotline 20 times during the day but no reply. Some Hotline! Finally made a second visit late afternoon with success. Train to Kandy very bumpy aircon carriage was ok
DS
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 26, 2018
I ordered a return ticket from fort Colombo to Kandy, I received the away ticket, after a great deal of searching for the office in Colombo in a taxi. The return ticket was missing . I phoned many times over two days assurances were given the ticket was on its way by a driver . I'm now in Kandy with no return ticket which cost 20 UK pounds far more expensive than had I had bought a ticket in Sri Lanka. Very disappointed to lose the money as I'm sure no compensation will be forth coming The issuing office was Stef Lanka
SK
Train #1029 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 14, 2018
This train booking was so easy and worked perfectly. Great to be able to book in advance and not have to buy the ticket the day of the train journey.
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How to get from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala by Train

Taking a train to get from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala is a safe, fast, and scenic option to travel the country. On certain routes, there are multiple train departures per day every 10 to 15 minutes. This is typical for intercity travel, while for long distance train routes there are fewer scheduled departures – plan ahead to choose the one that fits your itinerary best.

For long distance train journeys, we recommend reserving your tickets at least a few days ahead of your travel date. Buying train tickets via our online booking system will allow you to choose and reserve the best Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala tickets.

Buying your tickets online will help you secure the trip on the selected date and avoid queuing at the station.. When travelling on weekends and holidays it is recommended to reserve tickets much earlier due to a much higher demand. During high season, train tickets sell out quickly – do book as early as you can.

How far is it from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala?

Travelling by train, the distance from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala is 78 miles. Before setting
on for a train journey, have a look at the map to find out what tourist spots or landmarks you will pass by – maybe they are worth a quick stop?

How long does it take to get from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala by Train?

Travel time from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala is estimated to be about 2h 31m. Trains ensure the fastest time to travel by land. As normally there is no congestion, the speed of travel is more or less constant and stops at train stations are rather short, train is almost always one of the quickest and safest ways to get from Colombo and Kandy via Pinnawala.

The most important thing that may affect train travel time is the type of train. Ordinary trains travel at a speed of about 40 mph or 65 km/h to 65 mph or 105 km/h. Some intercity trains with shorter distances between stations run slower than 40 mph. Even with these low speeds, it can still be faster than commuting by car, bus or taxi.

The speed of express trains can reach up to 100 mph or 160 km/h. Modern high-speed trains can run at speeds exceeding 250 mph or 400 km/h.

These speeds of travel together with relatively short stops between stations can greatly shorten the duration of your trip.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala by Train?

The train ticket price from Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala varies depending on the types of trains or carriages available.

Some trains feature different types of carriages, seats and berths offering various amenities and level of comfort.

Basic passenger trains which are often non-air-conditioned and have wooden, hard or old seats are normally cheap. Premium or luxury trains and coaches have a higher ticket price but are equipped with air-conditioning, toilets, and large soft seats with sufficient legroom to make train rides comfortable.

Considering the distance travelled, train is the most affordable means of transport. Also, ticket prices include 2 or 3 bags – sometimes even more – per passenger.

Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala timetable

Trains are great for long-distance travel. Double-check your travel itinerary and use the Colombo to Kandy via Pinnawala timetable above with train departure times and arrival times to find the best train for your route.

Best-Rated Companies for this Route

Unlike buses or taxis which have numerous companies offering their services, train service is usually offered by just one major company in each country. As railway service requires a large amount of infrastructure, most railway companies are government-owned and are a part of the national transport system.

One of the best advantages of travelling by train is that railway stations are often conveniently located within or very near major cities and urban areas. Immediately on arrival to their destination, travellers find themselves in close proximity to important facilities like hotels, supermarkets, and hospitals.

If you travel with a lot of bags and luggage, trains are your best option. Luggage weight limits on trains are rather flexible and allow you to carry multiple bags with you.

Special or luxury trains feature sufficient legroom which allows you to stretch your legs and relax. In comfort and space these train seats can be compared to business class airplane seats.

Similar to buses, trains can provide a variety of amenities to make your travel more comfortable and enjoyable. Modern trains have WIFI service, a snack counter and a drinking bar. Onboard toilets can be a life saver for travellers with queasy stomachs.

Lastly, unlike buses and other overland means of transport, trains are very rarely involved in accidents.