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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
09:24
Ella
15:51
Kandy
6h 27m
09:24
Ella
15:51
Kandy
6h 27m
11:57
Ella
18:15
Peradenya, Kandy
6h 18m

From Mattala Rajapaksa Airport (HRI) to Kandy (KDW) by flight and taxi joint ticket

Any
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
2h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
2h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
HRI Mattala Rajapaksa Airport, Hambantota
Time
Kandy Any Hotel
2h
Instant  Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

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
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 25,151
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 38,036
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 16,358
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:40 – 12:38LKR 3,564
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:24 – 15:51LKR 3,564

Ella to Kandy destination reviews

PL
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 26, 2020
I was surprised that there was no place to put medium sized luggage as the top rail compartments only fits smaller pieces. The air conditioning also did not work well so I was uncomfortable for most of the 6-7 hour train ride. Views from windows that are not open are not good. Train not smooth as it was extremely old and slow. I don't think it was worth paying extra for first class. Perhaps second class is better since at least you can keep windows open and get a breeze!
AJ
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 9, 2020
The train tickets were delivered correctly and on time to our hotel. The trip from Ella to Kandy was truley awesome. Tips for users-Right hand side to Nuwara-Ellya then left hand side to Kandy for the best views. Traveling in the clockwise direction seems less crowded. Actual seat alacation is a bit of a lucky dip as some seats are either obscured by pillars or front or rear seats with cramped views.It can get cool with the windows open so dress to conditions. Snacks and drinks are good and come around often. Doors in 2nd sometimes open sometimes not, not sure why. Train staff friendly and helpful. Up there with the best trips in the world, fair dinkum. Ps; Perhaps Sri Lanka Railways could swap locals some free tickets for a spot of cleaning?
JR
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Mar 8, 2020
Scenery great. Car attendant excellent.
AC
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 29, 2020
Great trip
JV
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 26, 2020
Had an amazing trip. Beautiful views, plenty of leg space, a comfortabel chair, fun people in the train and good service. Thank you Vice Roy 2!
JA
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 19, 2020
Very good
KR
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 13, 2020
Fabulous trip. A step back in time. Classic carriage, beautiful ride through the tea plantations. Little rocky at times, but just added to the atmosphere. Highly recommend.
EV
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 12, 2020
The Viceroy II wagon had comfortable chairs, and we were given two cups of coffe/tee each during the ride. The amazing view of beautiful green tea plantations, hill landscape and small Sri Lankan villages really makes the trip memorable. The Viceroy II tickets were more expensive than other alternatives, but worth the money if you ask me. 4 out og 5 stars because the AC actually made the journey a bit cold ???? But both my partner and I would absolutely recommend a trip!!
JH
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 8, 2020
Seats were very comfortable. There was conflicting information about whether or not good would be served. In the end they did offer food but charged extra. Great staff, great coffee. The train was on time.
LJ
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 6, 2020
This train ride was incredible! I wasn't sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised! The train was comfortable and the staff were lovely; provided tea and coffee and refreshments were available for purchase. The car was equiped with wifi and was very comfortable. The trip itself was stunning and the countryside was absolutely beautiful. This is a must-do in Sri Lanka!
CR
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 4, 2020
It's a beautiful view throughout. The train quality and ride are endearing at first but become tiresome looking and uncomfortable. I wouldn't book it again.
AM
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 31, 2020
Exceptional view but a long and bumpy ride with no real food service
SR
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 26, 2020
Very nice ride through the mountains. At times a bit wobbly, but the views are breathtaking.... Comfy seats and helpful staff.
ML
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 10, 2020
Really pleasant travel experience. We took a first class train Kandy to Colombo and this was 100x better. Large comfy seats, old school class. The carriage is old and you can tell but it’s function is not impacted. The train is of course super slow and at times very wobbly, but that’s how you can enjoy the breathtaking views
SL
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 10, 2020
Good experience and would recommend this trip!
PJ
Bus Local, Browns Tours, Jan 2, 2020
Expected an a/c coach right up until the last minute. Instead did the journey in a standard van. No complaints though... it was really good to have such a good view of everything. 12goasia were very diligent in informing me of the changes to my schedule etc as they happened.
EL
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 29, 2019
The most amazing train journey that I have ever had!
IA
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 25, 2019
The ride was ok, the seats were confortable, the look of the carriage it's retro and looking nice. We would've hoped to get also some lunch, we got tea or coffe twice. But we enjoyed it so much because the images on the road are amazing. So, thank you 12goasia for giving us the opportunity to experience that!
AS
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 20, 2019
The train was clean, snacks served was amazing. Great experience
CH
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 10, 2019
Excellent journey, comfortable, fantastic views and lots of refreshment options along the way.
CS
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 4, 2019
Lovely interior, very comfortable, stunning scenery. There was even WiFi! Drinks were on offer but the food is very lacking and the operator needs to come up with a better solution!
AD
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 4, 2019
Excellent package! Initially I was sceptical. It tuned out to be awesome. The service provided by 12go Asia and the train journey where awesome!! Highly recommended.
NT
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 3, 2019
Great trip and great service by 12go Asia
BM
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 30, 2019
The windows leaked and there was no food/snacks and the WiFi didn’t work
DT
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 24, 2019
Awesome clean and comfortable trip. Our train was also not crowded and we lucked out to being able to space out.
PC
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 23, 2019
Lovely comfortable trip with great views outside and inside the carriage, was no offer of drinks or snacks to purchase which was disappointing as it’s a very long trip, but besides that very good
VB
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 21, 2019
12Go Asia’s booking process was excellent.. tickets were booked and delivered to my hotel with no issues.. any questions I had were answered promptly... great service .. thanks so much Vanessa
RW
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
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
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
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.
GM
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 30, 2019
Great service
AB
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 24, 2019
Beautiful
YS
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
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
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!
MP
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 9, 2019
One of the best moments of our trip! Wonderful!!
LJ
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 31, 2019
Great trip!
S
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
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!
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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:

  • Flight
  • Train
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight+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 38,025. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,540.

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 2 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 2,540 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 38,025.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,540 to LKR 3,562;
  • flight+taxi price: LKR 25,143 - LKR 30,662. From Ella to Kandy starting from 00:00 Mattala Rajapaksa Airport until 00:00 Mattala Rajapaksa Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 16,353 to LKR 38,025.

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.
  • 3 by flight+taxi from Ella to Kandy starting from 00:00 Mattala Rajapaksa Airport until 00:00 Mattala Rajapaksa Airport

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 16,353.

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:

  • 99% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.