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From Colombo Fort to Kandy by train

05:55
Colombo Fort
08:47
Kandy
2h 52m
05:55
Colombo Fort
08:47
Kandy
2h 52m
07:00
Colombo Fort
09:31
Kandy
2h 31m
07:00
Colombo Fort
09:31
Kandy
2h 31m
08:30
Colombo Fort
11:10
Kandy
2h 40m
08:30
Colombo Fort
11:10
Kandy
2h 40m
09:45
Colombo Fort
12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
2h 46m
09:45
Colombo Fort
12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
2h 46m
10:35
Colombo Fort
13:52
Kandy
3h 17m
12:40
Colombo Fort
16:04
Kandy
3h 24m
15:35
Colombo Fort
18:06
Kandy
2h 31m
15:35
Colombo Fort
18:06
Kandy
2h 31m
16:05
Colombo Fort
18:57
Kandy
2h 52m
16:05
Colombo Fort
18:57
Kandy
2h 52m
17:45
Colombo Fort
20:55
Kandy
3h 10m

From Colombo Any Hotel to Kandy by taxi

Any
Colombo Any Hotel
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
5h
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  vehicle, all incl
Any
Colombo Any Hotel
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
5h
 Refund
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Colombo Any Hotel
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
5h
 Refund
  vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Kandy Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 2pax 00:00 – 05:00LKR 12,275
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:55 – 08:47LKR 3,372
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Seat 07:00 – 09:31LKR 3,372
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:30 – 11:10LKR 3,372
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 10:35 – 13:52LKR 2,792
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 12:40 – 16:04LKR 2,792
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Seat 15:35 – 18:06LKR 3,372

Colombo to Kandy destination reviews

4.0
40 customer reviews
5
58%
4
18%
3
5%
2
5%
1
15%
58% of 40 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
MG
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 19, 2019
Very nice trip! Good organization, excellent staff and great idea!
GG
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 15, 2019
Beautiful scenery. Luxurious, comfortable air conditioned carriage.
PC
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 8, 2019
Good. Train left on time and tickets worked no problem.
SJ
4
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 25, 2019
Very efficient service, cool & comfortable. Happily use again.
RN
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 18, 2019
We were offered great assistance at the station, easily found our seats & enjoyed the trip in comfort, great experience
KS
4
train #1029 Second Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 28, 2019
Partially really nice views! Plenty of place on the 2nd class. Train was on time. We were sitting backwards which made me travel sick a bit and we only had a partial window on our spot. Not too many touts or vendors a plus! There was a violental incident in the train and it had to stop along the way and the violent person had to leave the train.
SD
5
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 23, 2019
The whole process was very easy. Tickets were even delivered to our hotel in Negombo. Train journey was beautiful and in comfy seats. Great experience I'd definitely recommend
MA
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 24, 2019
Great trip on the viceroy train and very easy to organise with e-ticket
LH
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 2, 2019
Great experience - the carriage was excellent. We appreciated the complementary cup of tea too! Slight confusion when arriving at the station as to whether we needed paper tickets, so maybe this could be improved.
KC
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 2, 2019
Great train journey. Excellent instructions from 12Go Asia . Very luxurious!
FA
5
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 27, 2018
Excellent! everything was very smooth. We exchanged a couple of emails and just before departure received an email from 12go explaining everything. It was very good to know that there would be a 12go representative at the station. The ViceRoyII was an amazing experience, I do not regret at all the extra that we had to pay for it. The staff was very nice and helpful with my 1 year boy that also loved the expereince. Highly recommended
CG
4
train #1029 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 25, 2018
Picking up tickets: We went directly from the airport in Negombo to pick up our tickets (by taxi) on the 24th of December, and the office was open. Which was great. The office is about 7 kilometers from the train station, but we had already figured that out, and asked the taxi to drive us to both stops. The taxi cost us 3000 rupees, and a bus ride would probably have cost us a total of 500 rupees (for two people). But the time we saved, and the comfort of the taxi ride compared to taking the bus (which according to the driver did not go on that day - Christmas) was money well spent. Train ride: We had first class tickets. At first, we did not find the first class carriage, since we got on the train before they had attached the first class carriage to the train. So we ended up sitting in second class, until the train ticket collector told us where to go. First class has air con and the ride was nice with great views. Overall we had a good experience.
OA
2
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 20, 2018
The booking was changed, I did not get notified about it! I only found out when you delivered the tickets to the hotel
OC
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 15, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind assistance with the ticket
TD
3
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 28, 2018
Very poor service at Stef Lanka in Colombo. Waited for office to open in the morning for over half an hour before we gave up! So we tried calling the hotline 20 times during the day but no reply. Some Hotline! Finally made a second visit late afternoon with success. Train to Kandy very bumpy aircon carriage was ok
DS
2
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 26, 2018
I ordered a return ticket from fort Colombo to Kandy, I received the away ticket, after a great deal of searching for the office in Colombo in a taxi. The return ticket was missing . I phoned many times over two days assurances were given the ticket was on its way by a driver . I'm now in Kandy with no return ticket which cost 20 UK pounds far more expensive than had I had bought a ticket in Sri Lanka. Very disappointed to lose the money as I'm sure no compensation will be forth coming The issuing office was Stef Lanka
SK
5
train #1029 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 14, 2018
This train booking was so easy and worked perfectly. Great to be able to book in advance and not have to buy the ticket the day of the train journey.
HE
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jun 5, 2019
All went to plan and was a great experience.
WL
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 18, 2019
Fabulous. Would highly recommend!
AK
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 11, 2019
Ver Nice seats and Nice staff

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

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
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Train. However, if you’d rather take your time with a slower, more affordable travel option, you can book a Taxi 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 15,027. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,791.

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 156 miles (250 km). The flying distance is 55 miles (88 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 3 to 5 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 Railways: travelling by train expect to pay as low as LKR 2,791 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 15,027.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,791 to LKR 3,372;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 12,274 to LKR 15,027.

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 13 trains per 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?

Taxi

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 LKR 12,274.

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 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:

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