Trains from Colombo to Kandy

Trains from Colombo to Kandy

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Colombo to Kandy Train Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Train Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 6pax Any timeLKR 31,352
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 05:55 - 08:47LKR 2,600
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 07:00 - 09:38LKR 1,550
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 08:30 - 11:03LKR 1,760
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 10:35 - 14:00LKR 2,075
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 12:40 - 15:33LKR 2,600
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 15:35 - 18:08LKR 2,075
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 17:10 - 19:44LKR 1,550
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 19:30 - 22:13LKR 2,600

Transportation from Colombo to Kandy

Facts about the train from Colombo to Kandy

Cheapest Train$5
Fastest Train2h 31m
Earliest Train5:55 AM
Latest Train5:10 PM
Daily Train Routes0
Distance118 kilometers
TrainSri Lanka Railway

Colombo to Kandy Destination Reviews

Didn't receive any snacks or meals even though it was mentioned when booking and had to collect the ticket from the station even though it said eticket is valid.
Train #11041 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Feb 25, 2024
It was all Ok
Train #11041 Second Class, Sri Lanka Railway, Jan 21, 2024
Not a comfortable train trip. It’s jumping up and down many times, may be due to poor railway quality.
Train #1031 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Oct 24, 2023
Train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Oct 12, 2023
Good online service, showed the booking number at the train station in Colombo and they gave us the ticket.
Train #1023 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Oct 11, 2023
We bought the ticket from Colombo to Kandy. First we wanted to take the train at 11 am but when I was looking 5 minutes later, the option was gone. So we booked the train at 7 am. So far so good. We got the receipt and I payed via PayPal. The official price was around 3.000 LKR, when I paid with PayPal they booked Singapore Dollars which was way more expensive. In total we payed 15EUR /20 USD… which is not the price that was originally shown. We received the E-Tickets right away and the rest was totally fine. Next time I would prefer asking the ticket counter instead of booking online as it’s a lot cheaper.
Train #1009 Second Class, Sri Lanka Railway, Apr 18, 2023
The Climate is even on cold days veeeeeery freezing, they should regulate that. And we didn't have seats, where we could both sit in one row.
Train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Jan 17, 2023
Was an amazing train ride and 12go made it super easy to get the tickets and requested front glass seats for best viewing.
Train #1009 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 2, 2022
It was an excellent experience for me to buy online ticket of SL and I could easily get the physical ticket in the station. Thanks to make our journey comfortable... Best of luck.... Buddy..
Train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Sep 30, 2022
There is no way to get a refund for an e-ticket if your plans change.
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Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 14, 2022
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How to get from Colombo to Kandy by Train

Taking a train to get from Colombo to Kandy 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 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?

Travelling by train, the distance from Colombo to Kandy is 74 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 by Train?

Travel time from Colombo to Kandy 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.

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 by Train?

The train ticket price from Colombo to Kandy 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 timetable

Trains are great for long-distance travel. Double-check your travel itinerary and use the Colombo to Kandy 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.