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Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended
08:47
Kandy
6h 27m ride in train #1005
4.7+
15:14
Ella
ViceRoy II by 12Go
eTicket Recommended
12:35
Peradenya, Kandy
5h 52m ride in train #Viceroy II #1007
4.4+
18:27
Ella

From Kandy to Ella by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended
08:47
Kandy
6h 27m ride in train #1005
4.7+
15:14
Ella
Sri Lanka Railways
11:10
Kandy
6h 1m ride in train #1015
4.3+
17:11
Ella

From Peradenya to Ella by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
5h 52m ride in train #1007, Observation class
4
18:23
Ella
ViceRoy II by 12Go
eTicket Recommended
12:35
Peradenya, Kandy
5h 52m ride in train #Viceroy II #1007
4.4+
18:27
Ella

Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort 00:00 - 04:00LKR 36,808
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 - 03:45LKR 13,851
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 - 15:14LKR 3,449
Browns Tours Local 08:00 - 12:50LKR 3,599
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 - 17:11LKR 3,449
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 12:31 - 18:23LKR 3,647
ViceRoy II by 12Go VIP AC 12:35 - 18:27LKR 6,117

Kandy to Ella destination reviews

4.2
124 customer reviews
5
63%
4
17%
3
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12%
PJ
4
train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 12, 2019
first class needs improving maybe charge more and do some improvements. Other wise the scenery was spectacular but deserves a better observation car
KB
5
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 7, 2019
Great service! Paid for ticket from Kandy to Ella second class reserved seating on morning train. Also paid for ticket to be delivered to a local address before I arrived. Got exactly what I asked/paid for. Quick, efficient, simple.
JE
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 30, 2019
We had a great experience. Booking was easily done and our tickets arrived st our homestay as planned. The train was a little late but our seats were together in first class with air con. We were able to walk around and look out from the door to get photos. The guard was really friendly and told us when sights were coming up to see. He pointed out fruit trees and told me about the places where the stations were. The scenery was jaw dropping even though we had rain. The train was delayed which made our journey just over 7hrs which was tiring but it was a special experience not to be missed.
MD
5
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 22, 2019
Easy to book, tickets arrived as promised and the train trip fabulous / even if weather wet and miserable for half the trip. Must do trip.
RW
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 20, 2019
We booked three first class tickets on the Kandy to Ella train and picked up tickets on arrival in Colombo. Straight forward process. At station simply made way to platform and conductor took us to our seats. Our bags (backpack and two big suitcases) were all stored in cabin. Highly recommend both the rail journey and 12Go Asia.
KB
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 30, 2019
Thanks so much for booking our tickets. They were waiting for us at our hotel when we arrived into Sri Lanka. The train trip from Kandy to Ella was amazing.
SR
5
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 18, 2019
The train trip from Kandy to Ella was fantastic. Great scenery & great local food offered aboard
SH
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 16, 2019
Great service. Tickets were delivered to our hotel as promised. There is an enormous mark up on the tickets but you pay for the convenience of getting the tickets you want, delivered to the location of your choosing as opposed to collection.
GH
5
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 14, 2019
Second class reserved seats from Kandy to Haputale were excellent. The journey was comfortable, and the large windows open which is great for the view (better than air conditioned 1st class where the windows are smaller and closed). Beautiful scenery. Tea and snacks bought from vendors who wandered through the carriage occasionally were also good. Getting the tickets was easy too! Tickets were waiting for us at our hotel which was great. So glad we had reserved seats at the non-reserved carriages were standing room only. Thanks 12go.asia :)
CD
5
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 11, 2019
Very nice! There was plenty of space. But you charge 30 usd for a 1200 LKR trip... that is a bit too much
SS
4
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 9, 2019
Very helpful service and good communication about out tickets. We couldn’t pick them up in colombo, so they were sent to our hotel in Kandy ????????
JB
4
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 8, 2019
The scenery was fantastic, but once again our reserved seats were facing backwards in the direction of travel and we did not have a window, even after booking months in advance.
HJ
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 4, 2019
Awesome views from the train, worth booking a 1st class ticket to ensure a seat. Great service from 12go.asia, our tickets were at our Negombo Hotel when we arrived.
MH
4
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 4, 2019
There was some problem with the pick-up regarding time and place which resulted in that we where late. However the company was really nice and tried to make up for their mistake and gave us a discount. So overall I can recommend them. Really nice driver
BD
2
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 25, 2019
We booked a first class trip between Kandy and Ella. However, the train was 1.5hrs late leaving. We went one stop and sat on the train for another half hour or so. Then we were told to disembark the train and put on a bus for half an hour. Then we re-boarded a train at another station, however our assigned seats were taken, so we ended up having to find seats elsewhere on the train. Total travel time ended up being over 13hrs. Overall a dissapointing experience.
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.

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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 52m. 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.