Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy

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10:35
Colombo Fort
3h 17m ride in train #1019
4.5+
13:52
Kandy
08:30
Colombo Fort
2h 40m ride in train #1015
4.3+
11:10
Kandy
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Colombo
5h taxi ride in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel

From Colombo Fort to Kandy by train

08:30
Colombo Fort
2h 40m ride in train #1015
4.3+
11:10
Kandy
10:35
Colombo Fort
3h 17m ride in train #1019
4.5+
13:52
Kandy

From Colombo to Kandy by taxi

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Colombo
5h taxi ride in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel

Colombo to Kandy Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 8pax Any timeLKR 14,881
Ceylon Roots SUV 3pax Any timeLKR 27,300
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 14,952
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:55 - 08:47LKR 3,782
Tuktukdude Leisure van 05:00 - 17:00LKR 12,803
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 07:00 - 09:31LKR 3,782
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:30 - 11:10LKR 3,782
Viceroy II by 12Go VIP AC 09:45 - 12:31LKR 5,516
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 10:35 - 13:52LKR 3,782
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 15:35 - 18:06LKR 3,126
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 16:35 - 19:34LKR 3,126

Transportation from Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy destination reviews

GP
train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
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
IT
train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 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.
YF
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Mar 7, 2020
Lovely relaxing train journey through besutiful scenery
RA
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 17, 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.
JV
taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours), Dec 25, 2019
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.
TL
train #1009 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 22, 2019
Tickets arrived to hotel as promised and we really enjoyed our train ride.
TM
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 10, 2019
We had the whole carriage to ourselves between Colombo and Peradenya. The carriage definitely needs updating starting with a fresh coat of pain on the exterior as initially I though it was a freight car. The interior seats were very much worn out and lighting was so dim that made the whole experience quite depressing. For the price, it definitely not worth it.
TA
train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 10, 2019
Perfect. Ordered online. Got notified I had secured a 1st class ticket. I paid to have the tickets delivered to hotel. They were there when I arrived.
RO
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 3, 2019
Enjoyed well!
CK
train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 21, 2019
Train ride was beautiful and we got tickets right at the back of the carriage very back of the train very cool to see everything, massive glass windows. Worth paying for first class for the air con! Thought I’d paid for delivery to hotel but was told I hadn’t... Luckily noticed this prior to arrival as 12go had emailed and I checked with the hotel. After additional payment the Tickets were delivered prior to our arrival. All in all good service would use again
GJ
train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 9, 2019
Great way to buy tickets much cheaper than everybody else will use 12Go again
AK
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Nov 8, 2019
Was good
ME
train #1007 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 11, 2019
Perfect! I received the ticket at my hotel the day before the travel. I was able to get the first-class observation seat. The trip to Peradeniya was beautiful.
AG
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 23, 2019
Exactly what we were after, fantastic scenery
JB
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 8, 2019
Tickets were delivered to hotel as arranged. The only issues were that our reserved seats were facing backwards in the direction of travel and that we did not have a window, even after booking months in advance.
EG
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 17, 2019
Tickets were delivered to hotel as requested - great service and a great train trip.
SB
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Aug 14, 2019
Hi, we enjoyed a lot in the charismatic interiors of the carriage. Just two issues : More than tea/coffee, at least few snacks as complimentary shoule be served. The carriage was jerking quite a lot, as the train picked up high speeds.
AS
train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 26, 2019
Comfortable and on time
HE
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jun 5, 2019
All went to plan and was a great experience.
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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 Taxi. 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 27,307. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 3,127.

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 Railways: travelling by train expect to pay as low as LKR 3,127 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 27,307.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 3,152 to LKR 5,516;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 12,609 to LKR 27,385.

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 1 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 12,609.

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:

  • 100% users enjoyed a train ride.