Colombo to Ella

Colombo to Ella

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Colombo to Ella Schedule

Colombo to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 2pax Any time$ 96.81

Transportation from Colombo to Ella

Colombo to Ella Destination Reviews

The views were amazing and the towns charming. I loved that the windows open right up making the cabin comfortable and aerated and great for photo taking. Booking via 12go website saved us time and effort. The tickets delivered securely to our hotel too. Will definitely use 12go for future trips
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 6, 2022
Superb service 12go got me scarce train tickets in Sri Lanka, tickets were waiting for me at my hotel when I landed. They managed to get the best seats in the observation carriage as well! Super happy with everything and great communication throughout. Highly recommended.
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 4, 2022
Very easy and reliable
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 8, 2022
It was a comforting journey. We traveled from colombo fort to ella. Train started on time but we reached Ella 30 mins late
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 3, 2022
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.
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 10, 2020
Everything is perfect. The train staff service makes it more perfect!
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 5, 2019
Everything from booking the tickets to travelling on the train went very well. Thank you
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 28, 2019
Good and easy service. Great view, great seats.
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 11, 2019
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 5, 2019
We booked the train tickets 1 month in advance and asked for them to be delivered to our hotel in Colombo and they were there when we arrived as promised. Excellent service and we thoroughly enjoyed the journey. We understood the need for reserving a seat when we saw the number of passengers In the unreserved coaches!!!
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 7, 2019
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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 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 USD 171.25. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 12.00.

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 125 miles (201 km). The flying distance is 82 miles (131 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 1 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 USD 12.00 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 USD 171.25.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 12.00 to USD 22.00;
  • Plane tickets - USD 37.00 to USD 42.00;
  • flight+taxi price: USD 135.00 - USD 165.00. From Colombo to Ella starting from 00:00 Mattala Airport until 00:00 Mattala Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 97.00 to USD 171.00.

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

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

  • 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?


Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Colombo to Ella. While it’s often the most expensive option, tool, occasionally you can grab promotional tickets for more or less the price of a train or a ferry ticket. Normally, the minimum you need to pay for a Plane ticket is USD 37.00.

Things to remember before boarding a plane:

  • It’s recommended to book a ticket in advance and check-in online. This way, you can save over 2 hours at the airport, and if your seat selection is on a first come first served basis you will have more options to choose from.
  • Getting through security checks may take some time - it’s recommended to get to the airport at least 1.5 hours in advance.

Airlines flying from Colombo to Ella
Srilankan Airlines


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 USD 97.00.

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


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:

  • 98% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 2% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 1% Other