Ella to Kandy

Ella to Kandy

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Ella to Kandy Schedule

Ella to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Ceylon Roots Comfort 2pax Any timeLKR 40,339
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 05:45 - 13:03$ 6.59
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:39 - 13:03$ 19.57
Sri Lanka Railway Third Class Reserved Seats 08:30 - 15:53LKR 1,865
Sri Lanka Railway Observation class 10:15 - 17:15LKR 3,650
Sri Lanka Railways Observation AC 12:04 - 22:45$ 19.57
Sri Lanka Railways First Class 15:56 - 21:25$ 22.43
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 17:20 - 00:56LKR 3,650
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Sleeper 18:56 - 01:57$ 25.14
Sri Lanka Railways 2nd Class Seat 20:30 - 03:25$ 13.60

Transportation from Ella to Kandy

Facts about the transport from Ella to Kandy

Cheapest Transport$6
Fastest Transport2h 18m
Earliest Departure9:23 AM
Latest Departure9:23 AM
Departures per day1
Distance115 kilometers
Transport CompaniesCeylon Roots, Sri Lanka Railway, Stef Lanka Tours

Ella to Kandy Destination Reviews

A lovely ride, staff friendly - super comfortable and food was good
Train #11042 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Feb 19, 2023
Ordered train tickets over a month before leaving home country. Tickets sent to remote hotel as asked for. Would definitely recommend this service and train ride.
Train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 28, 2022
All works perfekt, Train Ella to Kandy
Train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 26, 2022
The scenery was beautiful as you will have read about. Apart from the Ella rock views when leaving the station you see more of the mountains and tea estates sitting on the right if travelling from Ella to Kandy. This was however a very long slow trip of over six hours to go not much further than 150km. Our seats were at the front of the first class carriage and with one large suitcase jammed between me and the carriage end because it would not fit on the parcel shelf. Moreover each time the door opened at a station the train fumes would come into the carriage. You have to be a romantic to want to do this trip although many younger people seemed to enjoy hanging out of the doors taking selfies. I was only on this train because the one with the observation carriage was not running. 12Go however managed to get me the tickets enabling me to walk through the gate quickly and easily. I also received the money back for the ticket delivery to my hotel because they sent this ticket and another one together. I would use 12Go again simply for peace of mind and being prepared.
Train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 15, 2022
Super easy booking experience, tickets arrived at our accommodation well before the journey, and the reserved seats made our journey so so easy!
Train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 10, 2022
I booked first class from Ella to Kandy, but I was given Badulla to Kandy. Agent fees- I can understand the extra charge. But I think it’s too high compare to the price on the ticket.
Train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 4, 2022
Arrived to all of our hotels in advance and received text messages before departure
Train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 28, 2022
Dont book first class, not worth the price. Seats in 2nd class are the same size and you can open the windows
Train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 13, 2022
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!
Train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 26, 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?
Train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 9, 2020
128 customer reviews

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 Train ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 5.42. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 5.42.

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 72 miles (115 km). The flying distance is 72 miles (115 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 3 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 Railway: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 5.42 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Train - a one-way Train ticket can cost as much as USD 5.42.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 5.42 to USD 5.42;
  • flight+taxi price: USD 153.31 - USD 187.38. From Ella to Kandy starting from 00:00 Kandy Transfer until 00:00 Kandy Transfer

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 64.28 to USD 135.48.

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 1 trains per day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?


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 USD 64.28.

Things to remember: It's a good idea to follow the route on Google Maps or any other GPS navigator.


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:

  • 96% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 3% decided to catch a taxi.
  • 1% Other