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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

Passenger reviews out of total 100 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jan 3, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
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.
Dec 5, 2018
train #1046 First Class Sleeper , Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
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.

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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:

  • 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 Train+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 19,949. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,794.

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 77 miles (123 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 7 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 2,794 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 19,949.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,794 to LKR 3,956;
  • train+charter price: LKR 3,956 - LKR 3,956. From Ella to Colombo starting from 18:51 Ella until 18:51 Ella

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 19,949 to LKR 19,949.

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 6 trains per 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?

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 19,949.

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:

  • 971 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 29 chosen train+charter