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From Ella to Kandy by train

06:40
Ella
12:38
Kandy
5h 58m
06:40
Ella
12:38
Kandy
5h 58m
09:24
Ella
15:51
Kandy
6h 27m
09:24
Ella
15:51
Kandy
6h 27m

From Ella to Kandy by taxi

Any
Ella
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
4h
 Instant
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Ella
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
3h 45m
 Instant  Refund
  vehicle, all incl

Passenger reviews out of total 867 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.

Feb 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Friendly staff, train little bit old and no so clean restrooms
Feb 16, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
It’s stunning!
Feb 3, 2019
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
Great views,but train was late over 2 hours. There was some bugs lurling in to the train.
Feb 1, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great train trip!!!
Jan 28, 2019
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great service
Jan 23, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
As I had voucher in hand trying to find office in Colombo which was no easy task. However I eventually did but it was closed due to a public holiday. The next day went to office it was closed. Finally got hold of the person who was meant to be managing the office. Anyway finally got my ticket spent at least 30 dollars doing this then missed my train to my next destination so that cost another 75 dollars. So very dissatisfied with the whole deal. It would been heaps cheaper to get to the train station very early and pay stuff all for the dam ticket. So fellow travellers Beware.
Jan 17, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
Very comfortable for a long journey. Friendly staff and a nice lunch although not quite as advertised and expensive for what it was. The train itself is excellent value.
Jan 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Amazing trip! Absolutely stunning scenery. Booking our tickets head and having them delivered to our hotel in Columbo was the way to go.
Jan 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Fantastic! The tickets were delivered to our hotel as arranged, and we had seats on the left-hand side of the train in the 1st class carriage (the best side for views when travelling from Ella to Kandy). We met other tourists who hadn't pre-booked and missed out on 1st class tickets and got stuck in a crowded 'Unreserved 2nd class' carriage. Will definitely use 12go again.
Jan 15, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★☆☆
Ants in the food we ordered in advance...
Jan 11, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Amazing customer service...so helpful. And brilliant trip, we loved it.
Jan 10, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Amazing, very slick operation
Jan 8, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
Despite booking and being told by you that we had 1st class tickets we were given 2nd class reserved by the Stef Lanka office in Colombo. I think there is some fiddling accruing here. Plus the office is very very out of the way across town and not convenient to go to. The actual train journey was fine and very pretty.
Jan 4, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
Wery bumpy. A/C off long time and Wifi too.
Jan 2, 2019
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Very easy system to order tickets online from the UK. The train journey was comfortable and the views are tremendous. Would highly recommend!
Dec 28, 2018
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Our tickets were changed from 1st class to Viceroy II which was a fabulous train journey in wonderful and comfortable vintage coach. But it stopped short of Kandy and left an hour later than on ticket. More info in advance from 123go would be useful but Viceroy train excellent
Dec 25, 2018
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★☆☆
The staff were AMAZING!!! Why I didn’t give a 5 was the, at times, intense swaying of the car back and forth! Perhaps tracks need repair??

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Ella to Kandy

When you want to get from Ella 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 Train 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 36,751. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,455.

How far is Ella from Kandy?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Ella to Kandy. Your trip will be a total of 201 miles (323 km). The flying distance is 41 miles (65 km).

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

The travel time from Ella to Kandy can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 4 to 7 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Ella 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 2,455 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 36,751.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,455 to LKR 3,443;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 17,781 to LKR 36,751.

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 4 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Ella 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 Ella 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 17,781.

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 Kandy

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

  • 995 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 5 decided to catch a taxi.