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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
#Viceroy II #1008
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 
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 Any timeLKR 37,185
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 15,992
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 06:40 – 12:38LKR 3,484
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:24 – 15:51LKR 3,484
ViceRoy II by 12Go VIP AC 11:57 – 18:15LKR 6,543
Browns Tours Tourist Bus 14:10 – 20:00LKR 3,635

Ella to Kandy destination reviews

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.
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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:

  • Bus
  • 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 37,174. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,484.

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 2,484 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 37,174.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,484 to LKR 6,540;
  • Bus tickets - LKR 3,633 to LKR 3,633;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 15,987 to LKR 37,174.

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.
  • Buses start plying the route from 14:10 - you can also take a bus as late as 14:10. There are 1 available bus trips every 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?

Buses

Taking a bus from Ella to Kandy is cheaper than flying. Quite often, a long-distance bus is the cheapest transportation option. Buses normally make bathroom and/or lunch stops along the way.

Things to remember before opting for a bus ride:

  • If possible, make sure to choose higher-class buses for a more comfortable travel experience. Such buses often have an air conditioning system, soft reclining seats, Wi-Fi, bathrooms, etc.
  • As with plane tickets, buses are better booked in advance so that you can secure a good seat.
  • While booking a bus, keep in mind that delays are possible. Yet it still pays to get to the bus station at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.

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 15,987.

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:

  • 97% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 2% decided to go for a bus.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.