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From Ella to Nuwara Eliya by train

09:24
Ella
12:02
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 38m
09:24
Ella
12:02
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 38m
09:24
Ella
12:02
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 38m
09:24
Ella
12:02
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 38m
11:57
Ella
14:47
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 50m
11:57
Ella
14:47
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 50m
11:57
Ella
14:35
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 38m
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11:57
Ella
14:35
Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
2h 38m
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From Ella to Nuwara Eliya by bus

14:10
Ella
16:55
Nuwara Eliya
2h 45m
Instant 

From Ella to Nuwara Eliya by taxi

Any
Ella
Time
Nuwara Eliya
2h
Instant 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Ella
Time
Nuwara Eliya
2h 30m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Ella
Time
Nuwara Eliya
2h 30m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Ella to Nuwara Eliya Schedule

Ella to Nuwara Eliya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 40,870
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 11,962
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 09:24 – 12:02LKR 3,475
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Seat 11:57 – 14:47LKR 4,073
ViceRoy II by 12Go VIP AC 11:57 – 14:35LKR 4,713
Browns Tours Local 14:10 – 16:55LKR 3,625

Ella to Nuwara Eliya destination reviews

3.5
17 customer reviews
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CD
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taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours, Jan 4, 2020
We were 2 minibuses rather than one (for a party of 7 with lots of baggage), as the booked one had suffered a puncture. 12Go were quick to call about this to apologise though. The replacement buses were a bit old with AC not working, but the drivers were very friendly and got us to our destination efficiently. The booking experience was well handled by 12Go as they had been unable to book us train tickets for this journey but were able to sort us out minibus via their website instead. You do pay more by going through 12Go but this extra cost was justified in this instance by the convenience of the whole process
MF
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 26, 2019
Everything good, great customer service, tickets delivery on time!! Very satisfied
NC
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 6, 2019
Amazing!!
AB
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 2, 2019
The agency made it so easy to purchase tickets ahead of time. Paid to have the tickets sent to our hotel in Ella. Effortless.
RM
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 25, 2019
Beautiful and fun trip!
MI
5
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 12, 2019
This was a really efficient service and excellent train journey
DB
5
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 9, 2019
you are in control of the process of purchasing and delivering. No problems faced.

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How to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya

When you want to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, 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 40,928. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,481.

How far is Ella from Nuwara Eliya?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Ella to Nuwara Eliya. Your trip will be a total of 89 miles (142 km). The flying distance is 22 miles (34 km).

How long does it take to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya?

The travel time from Ella to Nuwara Eliya can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 3 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya?

The cost of the trip from Ella to Nuwara Eliya 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 2,481 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 40,928.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,481 to LKR 5,082;
  • Bus tickets - LKR 3,630 to LKR 3,630;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 11,979 to LKR 40,928.

How many trips per day are there between Ella and Nuwara Eliya?

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 Nuwara Eliya any time of the day.

Which means of transport is the best for the route?

Buses

Taking a bus from Ella to Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya. 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 11,979.

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 Nuwara Eliya

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

  • 98% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 2% decided to go for a bus.
  • 0% decided to catch a taxi.