Ella to Colombo by train, flight, taxi

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From Ella to Colombo by train

06:40
Ella
15:27
Colombo Fort
8h 47m
06:40
Ella
15:27
Colombo Fort
8h 47m
06:40
Ella
15:27
Colombo Fort
8h 47m
09:24
Ella
18:57
Colombo Fort
9h 33m
09:24
Ella
18:57
Colombo Fort
9h 33m
11:57
Ella
21:10
Colombo Fort
9h 13m
11:57
Ella
21:10
Colombo Fort
9h 13m

From Ella to Colombo by train+taxi joint ticket

18:51
Ella
05:17
Colombo Fort
10h 26m

From Ella to Colombo by taxi

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

From Mattala Rajapaksa Airport to Western Province by flight

#C79106
C
08:00
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
08:45
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m
Instant 
 
08:00
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
08:45
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m
Instant 
 
#C79102
C
12:00
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
12:45
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m
Instant 
 
12:00
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
12:45
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m
Instant 
 
#C79405
C
16:30
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
17:15
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m
Instant 
 
16:30
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
17:15
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
45m
Instant 
 

Ella to Colombo Schedule

Ella to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 8pax 00:00 – 06:30LKR 22,623
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort 00:00 – 06:00LKR 35,719
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:40 – 15:27LKR 4,054
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:24 – 18:57LKR 4,054
Cinnamon Air Economy #C7910608:00 – 08:45LKR 38,182
Srilankan Airlines Economy #UL701008:00 – 08:45LKR 51,012
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Seat 11:57 – 21:10LKR 4,054
Cinnamon Air Economy #C7910212:00 – 12:45LKR 38,182
Srilankan Airlines Economy #UL700612:00 – 12:45LKR 43,904
Cinnamon Air Economy #C7940516:30 – 17:15LKR 38,182
Srilankan Airlines Economy #UL501116:30 – 17:15LKR 51,012
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Sleeper 18:51 – 05:17LKR 4,054

Ella to Colombo destination reviews

3.3
9 customer reviews
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22%
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22%
MD
2
charter Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours, Oct 22, 2019
Car was 1.5 hours picking us up and no notification / we were chasing them for an update; for a 6 hour drive taking us to airport didn't need that poor start. Van was average , comfortable but damaged rear window stuck up with plastic. Driving overall was ok and second driver very good we had to tell drivers a few times to slow down , nothing silly. We caught train up from Colombo and Kandy to Ella and although takes a bit longer so much more relaxing - if you have the time. Vans in Sri Lanka choose carefully.
NM
5
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 3, 2019
We were very satisfied with the service provided by 12 Go Asia and their subagent(s) in Sri Lanka. Booking in advance a train trip from Ella to Colombo is not easy from overseas (Denmark), but the Man in Seat 61 mentioned 12 Asia Go, so we tried this, and all ended well. Our ticket was delivered by hand at our hotel in Kandy (we had paid 10 usd for this extra service, as we weren’t going to Colombo). The reservation was correct, the train on time, and we enjoyed the spectacular scenery from the highlands down to the coast.
AX
2
train #1046 First Class Sleeper, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 5, 2018
Took the Night Mail sleeper train, 1st class berth from Badulla to Colombo Fort. You can take this train for the experience, but not for a good night's sleep. The train rattles and shakes the whole way. Also try not to use the washroom unless in a dire emergency, they're disgusting. Don't plan tight connections in Colombo either, this train arrived 2.5 hours behind schedule.

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Ella to Colombo

When you want to get from Ella to Colombo, 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+taxi ticket.

The cost of travel will depend on the means of transport you choose for your trip. A flight ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about LKR 50,547. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,865.

How far is Ella from Colombo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Ella to Colombo. Your trip will be a total of 325 miles (522 km). The flying distance is 82 miles (131 km).

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

The travel time from Ella to Colombo can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 11 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Ella to Colombo 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 2,865 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a flight - a one-way flight ticket can cost as much as LKR 50,547.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,865 to LKR 8,845;
  • train+charter price: LKR 4,056 - LKR 4,056. From Ella to Colombo starting from 18:51 Ella until 18:51 Ella
  • Plane tickets - LKR 38,146 to LKR 50,547;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 20,451 to LKR 35,740.

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 8 trains per day.
  • Flights from Ella to Colombo depart during the day - there are approximately 6 departures a day.
  • 1 by train+charter from Ella to Colombo starting from 18:51 Ella until 18:51 Ella

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

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Flights

Traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from Ella to Colombo. 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 LKR 38,146.

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 Ella to Colombo
Cinnamon Air, Srilankan Airlines

Taxi

Catching a cab is the easiest way to get from Ella to Colombo. 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 20,451.

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 Ella to Colombo

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

  • 912 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 70 decided to catch a taxi.
  • 18 chosen train+charter