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Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended
08:47
Kandy
6h 27m train ride
4.6+
15:14
Ella

From Kandy to Ella by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended
08:47
Kandy
6h 27m train ride
4.6+
15:14
Ella
Sri Lanka Railways
11:10
Kandy
6h 1m train ride
4.4+
17:11
Ella

From Peradenya to Ella by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
5h 52m train ride
18:23
Ella

Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort 00:00 - 04:00LKR 36,253
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 - 03:45LKR 13,642
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 - 15:14LKR 3,397
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 - 17:11LKR 3,397
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 12:31 - 18:23LKR 3,592

Kandy to Ella destination reviews

4.1
92 customer reviews
5
61%
4
16%
3
7%
2
3%
1
13%
84% of 92 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
JD
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Aug 17, 2019
All was perfect and he could enjoy the beautiful trip
AL
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Aug 15, 2019
Were on the viceroy II carriage. Just turned up show the voucher and we were shown to our seats. Carriage was beautiful. Staff were amazing. Left on time. Train was 90 mins late getting there but that is quite common. Views are stunning.
PG
5
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 23, 2019
We had good communication with the agents both through email and WhatsApp, and the tickets was delivered to our hotel without any issues ????
MK
5
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 3, 2019
Super nice, professional service, the tickets were delivered on time to my hotel, no hassle
A
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 3, 2019
We got the train tickets delivered to the hotel everything went easily. I can't believe the markup and a 35 day lead time, but it was sold out and I had no recourse but to buy his way. Better than not being able to buy at all. I was charged 10 $USD for mailing to a hotel the form on it said 250rs so about $1.50 so in addition to the ticket markup there was a 800% mark up on postage.
PH
3
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 27, 2019
The trip was pretty good but then the train derailed about an hour from Ella.
XZ
3
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 28, 2019
There were only 1 bag of peanuts on the train for snack, so it wasn't stocked up. But maybe it's because of the troubles in the country of a few days ago.
JK
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 27, 2019
We only travelled from Nuwara Eliya to Ella but we had to book the whole duration to confirm a seat when we booked from Australia, other seats and trains weren’t available. The train was comfortable with a table and individual chairs.We were served tea and purchased an alcoholic drink, staff were very friendly. Our only disappointment was more around the train being late so we missed the scenery. . Book a morning train. We Had no trouble when boarding , we just showed our printed confirmation and email with seat numbers.
MR
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 26, 2019
Lovely and comfortable Staff looked after us well. It's a shame you dont do other routes around Sri lanka definitely prefer it yo a taxi
GW
4
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 25, 2019
Very scenic. Great service. Very long trip. 6.5 hours but well worth it.
SI
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 13, 2019
The luxury ViceRoy 2 train was great. I strongly recommend it.
SA
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 13, 2019
A bit fiddly to find stef Lanka to pick up the tickets but easy to collect and the train ride was beautiful
MC
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 13, 2019
Beautiful scenery, comfortable , toilets could be better - 12go.asia is fantastic to deal with
NK
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 12, 2019
Beautiful train journey, very well organized, very clean, nice toilets and amazingly friendly and helpful staff. One of the best train journeys I have ever been on. Thank you so much!
DD
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 12, 2019
Such an amazing trip! The views are stunning. The train itself was gorgeous- wood paneled inside, big comfy chairs and friendly staff. There is a bar and light snacks like chips, but be sure to bring food and water for the 6 hour trip. Don't miss this highlight of Sri Lanka and book way in advance- tickets sell out early!
KO
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 12, 2019
I don’t travel very well going backwards and there was no alternative but to do so for 6 hours! (seats are allocated). However, the scenery is spectacular, the seats are spacious and comfy and there is a bar! We expected to be able to buy food en route but you can’t.
SW
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 11, 2019
A great trip, highly recommended. The station staff at Peradenya were friendly and helpful, as were those on the train. Seats very comfortable, toilet clean etc. Drinks a little pricey but what the hell. Consistently interesting views. A lovely train experience.
MW
3
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 11, 2019
Service from the team was great answered all my questions, but little disappointing when you find out the price you’re charged is over double the cost of the actual tickets. Thought the views from the train were great but don’t expect a first class train experience!!!
MH
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 9, 2019
I asked for our tickets to be couriered to Negombo as we were not going to Colombo. When I arrived they were there! Their communication was great and so was the train trip. All in all, a great experience
MA
4
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 9, 2019
Had 1st class tickets delivered to our hotel this made it very easy. Train journey was good with amazing views. train was as we expected but overall very enjoyable journey.

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How to get from Kandy to Ella by Train

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

Travelling by train, the distance from Kandy to Ella is 201 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 Kandy to Ella by Train?

Travel time from Kandy to Ella is estimated to be about 5h 51m. 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 Kandy and Ella.

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 Kandy to Ella by Train?

The train ticket price from Kandy to Ella 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.

Kandy to Ella timetable

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