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From Colombo Fort to Ella by train

05:55
Colombo Fort
15:14
Ella
9h 19m
05:55
Colombo Fort
15:14
Ella
9h 19m
08:30
Colombo Fort
17:11
Ella
8h 41m
08:30
Colombo Fort
17:11
Ella
8h 41m
09:45
Colombo Fort
18:23
Ella
8h 38m

From Colombo to Ella by taxi

Any
Colombo
Time
Ella
6h
Instant 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Colombo
Time
Ella
6h 30m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Colombo
Time
Ella
6h 15m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

From Colombo to Hambantota by taxi and flight joint ticket

Any
Colombo
Time
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
2h 35m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Colombo
Time
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
2h 35m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Colombo
Time
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
2h 35m
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Ella Schedule

Colombo to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 36,806
Stef Lanka Tours Van 8pax Any timeLKR 25,811
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 25,355
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:55 – 15:14LKR 4,178
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:30 – 17:11LKR 4,178

Colombo to Ella destination reviews

WH
train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 10, 2020
There was no cafeteria on the train. Train was delayed for more then 2 hrs to reach the destination. The price paid to the operator was 2.6 times the actual cost of the ticket.
AF
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 5, 2019
Everything is perfect. The train staff service makes it more perfect!
NW
train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 28, 2019
Everything from booking the tickets to travelling on the train went very well. Thank you
4.3
13 customer reviews
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4
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2
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Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Colombo to Ella

When you want to get from Colombo to Ella, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • Flight
  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi+flight. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Train ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 36,794. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,949.

How far is Colombo from Ella?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo to Ella. Your trip will be a total of 290 miles (466 km). The flying distance is 84 miles (134 km).

How long does it take to get from Colombo to Ella?

The travel time from Colombo to Ella can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 3 to 10 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo to Ella?

The cost of the trip from Colombo to Ella varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sri Lanka Railways: travelling by train expect to pay as low as LKR 2,949 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a taxi - a one-way taxi ticket can cost as much as LKR 36,794.

Here is a chart of the average ticket prices and transportation options available from Colombo to Ella:

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,949 to LKR 4,176;
  • taxi+flight price: LKR 25,347 - LKR 30,866. From Colombo to Ella starting from 00:00 Colombo until 00:00 Colombo
  • flight+taxi price: LKR 25,387 - LKR 30,915. From Colombo to Ella starting from 00:00 Colombo until 00:00 Colombo

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 23,991 to LKR 36,794.

How many trips per day are there between Colombo and Ella?

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 5 trains per day.
  • 3 by taxi+flight from Colombo to Ella starting from 00:00 Colombo until 00:00 Colombo
  • 1 by flight+taxi from Colombo to Ella starting from 00:00 Colombo until 00:00 Colombo

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Colombo to Ella any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo to Ella. It allows you to tailor-make your trip, plan all the detours and see all the places you want. You can choose the type and the size of your car as well to be as comfortable as you'd like to.

Depending on the route, it might cost as much as LKR 23,991.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.

Trains

Things to remember while choosing a train ticket:
Consider everything carefully while choosing the class of your train travel. In most cases, the second class is comfortable enough – it features 2 or 4 berths in each compartment and is often air-conditioned.

If you’re in for a premium experience, consider getting a first class ticket. The price of first class tickets may include Wifi, and a choice of snacks and drinks.

The most popular transport from Colombo to Ella

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo to Ella? In order to make your choice of transportation easier, we asked 1000 users to range their preferences for this route. Here are the results of the poll:

  • 99% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.