Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Nuwara Eliya to Ella

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2h 26m First: 12:40 Last: 15:55

From LKR 2,725

Nuwara Eliya to Ella Schedule

Nuwara Eliya to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 12:40 - 15:14LKR 3,828

Transportation from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Nuwara Eliya to Ella Destination Reviews

Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 21, 2020
I opted to pay extra and have the tickets delivered to the first of the guest houses I stayed in. First you have to pay and wait for 12go to confirm they were able to get the tickets. It does leave you with a period of uncertainty and 12go could've been more proactive with their communication. I had to drop them an enquiry a couple of times for greater clarity on process and they did respond timely. Again they confirmed the tickets but didn't tell me when they would be delivered. Once more I contacted their customer service and was told they deliver the ticket five days before my arrival into Srilanka. After which there was no issues and they delivered on time as committed. Thus their service was good but required my repeated contact with their customer service to get to know what's going on for my own peace of mind. They also could have clarified the pdf was good enough and didn't need to be exchanged at the train station. I looked up on the web and found relevant information on this myself. All in all it would be great if they can have a clearly worded FAQ at the outset
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 5, 2020
Process of buying tickets was brilliant. I ordered them to be delivered to my hotel in Nanu Oya where we arrived the night before. I was nervous until we arrived - but no need the tickets were there. Train was excellent. Our seats were available and comfortable. Train arrived a few minutes late but we were kept informed at Nanu Oya. Would definitely use 12goasia again
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 4, 2020
Easy travel :)
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 18, 2020
Luxurious cabin and great service but the train was delayed by an hour so we missed a lot of the scenery due to the darkness.
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 13, 2020
We had a great time on our Vicroy Train Trip . We loved every minute
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 12, 2019
The trip was amazing. I am not sure I would buy again forehand since there was no problem purchasing the ticket on the same day (and it was 20 times cheaper). 1st class was the only one with air con and we appreciated that. Otherwise there is not much difference with second class.
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 23, 2019
Tickets were delivered as promised. Everything went really smoothly. The train ride was so much fun!
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 3, 2019
Perfect service! We got or tickets sent to our hotel so they were waiting for us in the reception when we checked in. Before going, I contacted customers service and got a response a just few minutes later. They even managed to book tickets on the right side of the train as we had wished for.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 21, 2019
We could only find information that said there was only 1st class or 3rd class tickets for the trains - at ~9am & MD; & not possible to reserve on 3rd class; so we prepurchased 1st class tickets - dull trip in over air conditioned carriage that was a constant thoroughfare for 2nd class to go forward to the loo & for a smoke. As noted, there actually was a 2nd class option, a much nicer way to travel. And, there was a train at ~11am - which didn’t seem to appear on available online timetables. Views lovely on on left hand side of train but not better than NE train to Ella; luggage storage a problem in 1st class
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 25, 2019
A lovely train trip.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 24, 2019
Although we had to wait more than 1hour at nanu oya for the train it worths the time, nice view beautiful mountains, polite staff.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 9, 2019
The seats selected by 12go Asia for us were excellent - correct side of train and in first class carriage everything was perfect and as usual 12 go Asia have done a great job The trip was amazing so much to see and we would definitely book with 12go Asia for all our train tickets in the countries they serve
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 6, 2019
Very expensive tickets compared to the price paid if bought locally in Sri Lanka. Also paying $10 USD to have them mailed to a hotel is a rip off. Wouldn't use them again.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 19, 2019
Customer Service from 12go was amazing and I definitely recommend 12go.
Train #1007 Second Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 11, 2019
Wonderful trip from Nanuoya to Ella. Jungle, tea plantation, mountains and villages seen from the window. Seat reservation, in spite of being expensive, is worth.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 5, 2019
Great service, tickets delivered to hotel as requested. Recommend anyone to use them. Australia
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 14, 2019
We booked our 2nd class reserve seats one month in advance. We paid for the tickets to be delivered to our hotel in Negombo. We had good email communication when we booked, and the tickets were waiting for us at the hotel. I was a bit worried about the process, but everything worked perfectly, and the train journey was amazing!!!
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jun 20, 2019
We had the two seats in the back of the train that don't sit next to a window. Eventhough this is one of the most scenic train rides, it doesn't matter if you can't see. 12 go Asia service and communication was good.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 22, 2019
A must do ????sooo beautiful fantastic experience
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 9, 2019
Beautiful scenery Train was on time Carriages are filthy
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 30, 2019
Awesome journey!!
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 21, 2019
Everything was perfect.
46 customer reviews

How to get from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by Train

Taking a train to get from Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya to Ella?

Travelling by train, the distance from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is 28 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 Nuwara Eliya to Ella by Train?

Travel time from Nuwara Eliya to Ella is estimated to be about 2h 26m. 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 Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya to Ella by Train?

The train ticket price from Nuwara Eliya 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.

Nuwara Eliya to Ella timetable

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