Ella to Nuwara Eliya

Ella to Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Tue, Jun 25
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Ella to Nuwara Eliya Schedule

Ella to Nuwara Eliya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 3pax Any timeLKR 19,422
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Reserved Seat 05:45 - 09:05LKR 3,125
Sri Lanka Railway Third Class Reserved Seats 06:37 - 09:05LKR 1,445
Sri Lanka Railway Third Class Reserved Seats 09:40 - 12:09LKR 1,445
Sri Lanka Railway Observation class 11:00 - 16:00LKR 3,125
Magical Sri Lanka Scenic Minivan 13:30 - 15:00LKR 2,873
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class Sleeperette 18:00 - 22:29LKR 2,600

Transportation from Ella to Nuwara Eliya

Facts about the transport from Ella to Nuwara Eliya

Cheapest Transport$5
Fastest Transport56m
Earliest Departure5:45 AM
Latest Departure6:00 PM
Departures per day6
Distance47 kilometers
Transport CompaniesCeylon Roots, Magical Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Railway, Stef Lanka Tours

Ella to Nuwara Eliya Destination Reviews

We bought multiple train tickets and had it all delivered to the hotel at once. However, we paid the USD10 delivery for each individual ticket.
Train #1042 First Class, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 17, 2022
Booking of train tickets was smooth and the train ride was beautiful! We booked our tickets 3 weeks before our trip and 12go delivered the tickets to our airbnb by the time we arrived. Easy!
Train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 11, 2022
48 customer reviews

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:

  • Train
  • Van
  • 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 USD 78.51. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a taxi as a taxi ticket costs as low as USD 59.13.

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 30 miles (47 km). The flying distance is 30 miles (47 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 1 to 5 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 Stef Lanka Tours: travelling by taxi expect to pay as low as USD 59.13 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 USD 78.51.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 4.73 to USD 27.69;
  • Van price : USD 9.53;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 59.13 to USD 78.51.

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

Depending on your choice of transportation, the number of daily trips varies.

  • 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?


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 USD 59.13.

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.


A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Ella to Nuwara Eliya. As far as travel time is concerned, it’s basically equal to a taxi ride, while price-wise it’s way more affordable. The majority of tourists book a van online in advance.

Sometimes, when trains or buses aren’t available, a van is your only way to get from Ella to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to remember: while traveling by van, you might not have as much space for luggage as you would on a train or a plane. It’s a good idea to pack only the most useful things for a van trip and put them in a backpack that will be easy to carry around..

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.
  • 1% Other