Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 2pax Any time$ 55
Tuktukdude Leisure Shuttle + Safari Drive 05:00 - 17:00$ 81.60
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 07:05 - 09:31$ 20.17
Sri Lanka Railways 2nd Class Seat 08:30 - 11:03$ 14.67
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Seat 10:35 - 13:52$ 20.17
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 12:30 - 15:59$ 14.67
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 14:30 - 17:15$ 11
Sri Lanka Railways 2nd Class Seat 17:35 - 19:58$ 14.67
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 19:30 - 22:30$ 20.17

Transportation from Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy Destination Reviews

It was an excellent experience for me to buy online ticket of SL and I could easily get the physical ticket in the station. Thanks to make our journey comfortable... Best of luck.... Buddy..
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Sep 30, 2022
Best seat on the train -tickets all ready on arrival
Train #1009 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 24, 2022
First of 3 (planned) trips. Went smoothly. Ticket was delivered to hotel on time. The second trip (or lack thereof) will be a 1 star, unless 0 is an option!
Train #1009 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 2, 2022
Great service from 12go. Tickets in hotel reception on arrival - easy to use. The train and station was ok "1 class" train like an older normal train in Europe
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 30, 2022
Many thx to Pavel at 12go for advising us of the holiday and that the Stef Lanka office would be closed, so we could make other arrangements to get our tickets.
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 19, 2022
Watch out for the “deaf” guy scam. Looks official to guide you to the correct carriage but then want to to sign his sponsor form and give 1000 lkr
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
All went very well. Easy to book our tickets on-line. And the tickets themselves were delivered to our hotel in Colombo the day before we arrived.
Train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 2020
Lovely relaxing train journey through besutiful scenery
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Mar 7, 2020
User-friendly and efficient booking service for the Viceroy II luxury train trip to Kandy. Ticket was readily accepted at Colombo Fort station without any hiccups whatsoever. Highly recommended.
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 17, 2020
Great! The driver was on time and the van was comfortable. He found us a nice clean restaurant with good bathrooms and tasty food, good to stretch our legs.
taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours), Dec 25, 2019
96 customer reviews

How to get from Colombo to Kandy

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

  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Taxi. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Van 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 107.81. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 3.97.

How far is Colombo from Kandy?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Colombo to Kandy. Your trip will be a total of 74 miles (118 km). The flying distance is 60 miles (95 km).

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

The travel time from Colombo to Kandy can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Colombo to Kandy varies according to what means of transport you choose for your journey. The most affordable operator is Sri Lanka Railway: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 3.97 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 107.81.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 4.00 to USD 17.00;
  • Van price : USD 82.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 55.00 to USD 108.00.

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 29 trains per day.
  • Vans from Colombo to Kandy depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a day.
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Colombo to Kandy any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Colombo to Kandy. 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 55.00.

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.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Colombo to Kandy. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Colombo to Kandy.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around.

The most popular transport from Colombo to Kandy

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Colombo to Kandy? 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:

  • 80% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 19% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 1% Other