Trains from Ella to Kandy

Trains from Ella to Kandy

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6h 27m ride in train #1006

From Ella to Kandy by train

5h 58m ride in train #1016
6h 27m ride in train #1006
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6h 18m ride in train #Viceroy II #1008, VIP AC
Peradeniya, Kandy

Transportation from Ella to Kandy

Ella to Kandy destination reviews

train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 26, 2020
I was surprised that there was no place to put medium sized luggage as the top rail compartments only fits smaller pieces. The air conditioning also did not work well so I was uncomfortable for most of the 6-7 hour train ride. Views from windows that are not open are not good. Train not smooth as it was extremely old and slow. I don't think it was worth paying extra for first class. Perhaps second class is better since at least you can keep windows open and get a breeze!
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 9, 2020
The train tickets were delivered correctly and on time to our hotel. The trip from Ella to Kandy was truley awesome. Tips for users-Right hand side to Nuwara-Ellya then left hand side to Kandy for the best views. Traveling in the clockwise direction seems less crowded. Actual seat alacation is a bit of a lucky dip as some seats are either obscured by pillars or front or rear seats with cramped views.It can get cool with the windows open so dress to conditions. Snacks and drinks are good and come around often. Doors in 2nd sometimes open sometimes not, not sure why. Train staff friendly and helpful. Up there with the best trips in the world, fair dinkum. Ps; Perhaps Sri Lanka Railways could swap locals some free tickets for a spot of cleaning?
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Mar 8, 2020
Scenery great. Car attendant excellent.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 29, 2020
Great trip
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 26, 2020
Had an amazing trip. Beautiful views, plenty of leg space, a comfortabel chair, fun people in the train and good service. Thank you Vice Roy 2!
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 19, 2020
Very good
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 13, 2020
Fabulous trip. A step back in time. Classic carriage, beautiful ride through the tea plantations. Little rocky at times, but just added to the atmosphere. Highly recommend.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 12, 2020
The Viceroy II wagon had comfortable chairs, and we were given two cups of coffe/tee each during the ride. The amazing view of beautiful green tea plantations, hill landscape and small Sri Lankan villages really makes the trip memorable. The Viceroy II tickets were more expensive than other alternatives, but worth the money if you ask me. 4 out og 5 stars because the AC actually made the journey a bit cold ???? But both my partner and I would absolutely recommend a trip!!
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 8, 2020
Seats were very comfortable. There was conflicting information about whether or not good would be served. In the end they did offer food but charged extra. Great staff, great coffee. The train was on time.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 6, 2020
This train ride was incredible! I wasn't sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised! The train was comfortable and the staff were lovely; provided tea and coffee and refreshments were available for purchase. The car was equiped with wifi and was very comfortable. The trip itself was stunning and the countryside was absolutely beautiful. This is a must-do in Sri Lanka!
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 4, 2020
It's a beautiful view throughout. The train quality and ride are endearing at first but become tiresome looking and uncomfortable. I wouldn't book it again.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 31, 2020
Exceptional view but a long and bumpy ride with no real food service
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 26, 2020
Very nice ride through the mountains. At times a bit wobbly, but the views are breathtaking.... Comfy seats and helpful staff.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 10, 2020
Really pleasant travel experience. We took a first class train Kandy to Colombo and this was 100x better. Large comfy seats, old school class. The carriage is old and you can tell but it’s function is not impacted. The train is of course super slow and at times very wobbly, but that’s how you can enjoy the breathtaking views
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 10, 2020
Good experience and would recommend this trip!
Bus Local, Browns Tours, Jan 2, 2020
Expected an a/c coach right up until the last minute. Instead did the journey in a standard van. No complaints though... it was really good to have such a good view of everything. 12goasia were very diligent in informing me of the changes to my schedule etc as they happened.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 29, 2019
The most amazing train journey that I have ever had!
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 25, 2019
The ride was ok, the seats were confortable, the look of the carriage it's retro and looking nice. We would've hoped to get also some lunch, we got tea or coffe twice. But we enjoyed it so much because the images on the road are amazing. So, thank you 12goasia for giving us the opportunity to experience that!
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 20, 2019
The train was clean, snacks served was amazing. Great experience
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 10, 2019
Excellent journey, comfortable, fantastic views and lots of refreshment options along the way.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 4, 2019
Lovely interior, very comfortable, stunning scenery. There was even WiFi! Drinks were on offer but the food is very lacking and the operator needs to come up with a better solution!
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 4, 2019
Excellent package! Initially I was sceptical. It tuned out to be awesome. The service provided by 12go Asia and the train journey where awesome!! Highly recommended.
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 3, 2019
Great trip and great service by 12go Asia
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 30, 2019
The windows leaked and there was no food/snacks and the WiFi didn’t work
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 24, 2019
Awesome clean and comfortable trip. Our train was also not crowded and we lucked out to being able to space out.
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 23, 2019
Lovely comfortable trip with great views outside and inside the carriage, was no offer of drinks or snacks to purchase which was disappointing as it’s a very long trip, but besides that very good
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 21, 2019
12Go Asia’s booking process was excellent.. tickets were booked and delivered to my hotel with no issues.. any questions I had were answered promptly... great service .. thanks so much Vanessa
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 13, 2019
It was a lot more cosy than I thought and the seats were comfy. It wasn't busy on the carriage so could look out both sides but as it is airconned it does have windows so you can't lean out. However it makes a bit quieter which is nice. Well worth doing it if you have the time
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How to get from Ella to Kandy by Train

Taking a train to get from Ella 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 Ella 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 Ella to Kandy?

Travelling by train, the distance from Ella to Kandy is 53 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 Ella to Kandy by Train?

Travel time from Ella to Kandy is estimated to be about 5h 58m. 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 Ella 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 Ella to Kandy by Train?

The train ticket price from Ella 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.

Ella to Kandy timetable

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