Ella to Kandy by bus, train, taxi

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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
#Viceroy II #1008
11:57
Ella
18:15
Peradenya, Kandy
6h 18m
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#Viceroy II #1008
11:57
Ella
18:58
Peradenya, Kandy
7h 1m
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11:57
Ella
18:15
Peradenya, Kandy
6h 18m
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From Ella to Kandy by bus

14:10
Ella
20:00
Kandy
5h 50m
Instant 

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
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Ella
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
4h
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Ella to Kandy Schedule

Ella to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort 00:00 – 04:00LKR 36,808
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 – 03:45LKR 15,830
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:40 – 12:38LKR 3,449
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:24 – 15:51LKR 3,449
ViceRoy II by 12Go VIP AC 11:57 – 18:15LKR 6,477
Browns Tours Local 14:10 – 20:00LKR 3,599

Ella to Kandy destination reviews

3.9
78 customer reviews
5
58%
4
14%
3
6%
2
5%
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17%
RW
5
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 13, 2019
It was a lot more cosy than I thought and the seats were comfy. It wasn't busy on the carriage so could look out both sides but as it is airconned it does have windows so you can't lean out. However it makes a bit quieter which is nice. Well worth doing it if you have the time
DS
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 23, 2019
Great job from 12goasia. Our seats were confirmed and tickets delivered to our hotel well ahead of time. The journey itself was a highlight of the trip.
SS
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 21, 2019
Travelled from Ella to Kandy and feared the worst from what we had read. In fact the journey could not have been better. Collected the tickets in Colombo, boarded the train in Ella with reserved seats and everything was plain sailing. Train staff were really professional looking out for everyone.
MH
3
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 18, 2019
Cracking views, train could be more comfortable. Toilets were not pleasant, which is not good on a 7 hour train.
YS
4
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 19, 2019
Hi. The service of 12go was very fast and helpful. We got our tickets waiting for us at our hotel at arugam bay. We had connection with 12go team by watsupp, making sure that we have our tickets. The only thing that can be better is the seats that were opposite to the train's direction.
AP
5
train VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Aug 18, 2019
Easy to check in and good and polite service on the train. Little bit confusing which platform we had to wait but everything worked out well.
EG
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 17, 2019
Tickets delivered to hotel as requested. It's worth paying the extra money for the personal service - great service and a great train ride!
S
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 29, 2019
Everything went smooth as planned. We received our tickets when we arrived our 1st hotel. The only disappointment was that we shouldn't have picket 1st class, but 2sd instead, as 1st was boring. This is not fault of the company of course.
DJ
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 22, 2019
12GO Asia made it a very simple task arranging 1st class train tickets for Ella to Kandy from Australia. They also assisted to deliver our tickets to our accomodation as an afterthought on our behalf and the customer service for the entire process was excellent! I have no hesitation in highly recommending this company to anyone thinking of using them!
AM
4
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 14, 2019
I can’t fault the service from 12go.asia, or the booking of our seats. The cost of the tickets was however, significantly more expensive than if we’d just bought them once in Sri Lanka. It is fairly quiet with tourists right now, so we could have purchased on the day - but at a busier time it may not have been possible to do this. Communication and service from 12go.asia was excellent.
JE
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 13, 2019
Thank you for organising an amazing train ride for us!
GC
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 3, 2019
Really lovely journey and tickets delivered to hotel as promised, very efficient
RF
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 3, 2019
Delivery was tricky with the awful events going on in Sri Lanka, but customer service were incredibly responsive and re-arranged delivery to our next hotel with plenty of time to spare. The train journey from Ella to Kandy was as beautiful as you've heard - maybe more!
CG
5
train VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 21, 2019
- great train - fun atmosphere - great, friendly waiter
LR
5
train VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 12, 2019
very comfortable seats and friendly staff. I would book it again for sure!
AM
3
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 11, 2019
The train journey itself is stunning - we went Ella to Kandy. I have taken trains in Africa; China; India; Russia; Thailand; UK; and Europe - this is maybe the best. However the 12Go Asia website is misleading - we booked for the 9.30 departure with the website saying there were 6 seats left. One month later (long after our money debited) we were told that train had sold out & we couldn't travel on it...
JR
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 9, 2019
Excellent service! We travelled as a family of four (children ages 9 and 10) between Ella and Kandy in April 2019. Our tickets were ordered and pdf emailed through a month before our journey. We exchanged the pdf for our tickets in Colombo. Great seat reservations, brilliant train journey. This is the second time we've used 12goAsia (last time in Thailand) and both times great service.
EP
4
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 7, 2019
The trip was gorgeous and the seats were comfortable and spacious. The only issue was lack of loo roll in the toilets.
CM
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 1, 2019
We used 12GO to book train tickets from Ella to Kandy. The online communication was excellent and our tickets were couriered to our hotel as requested. Very happy with the service. Thanks
BL
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 27, 2019
Awesome scenic train ride. Although 1 st class has AC, second class would have been a better option because the windows open and you can get good photos

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 36,935. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,468.

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 42 miles (66 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 2,468 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 36,935.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,468 to LKR 6,498;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 15,885 to LKR 36,935.

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 5 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 15,885.

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:

  • 996 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 4 decided to catch a taxi.