Kandy to Colombo

Kandy to Colombo

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Kandy to Colombo Schedule

Kandy to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 3pax Any timeLKR 23,331
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 04:40 - 07:12LKR 1,550
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 06:15 - 08:50LKR 1,550
Magical Sri Lanka Minivan 08:30 - 12:00LKR 4,310
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 10:40 - 14:05LKR 2,600
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 13:00 - 15:47LKR 1,760
Sri Lanka Railway Third Class Reserved Seats 15:53 - 18:57LKR 1,445
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 16:20 - 18:57LKR 1,760

Transportation from Kandy to Colombo

Facts about the transport from Kandy to Colombo

Cheapest Transport$5
Fastest Transport1h 35m
Earliest Departure4:30 AM
Latest Departure5:15 PM
Departures per day32
Distance80 kilometers
Transport CompaniesCeylon Roots, Lakpura, Magical Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Railway, Stef Lanka Tours, Tuktukdude Leisure

Kandy to Colombo Destination Reviews

Fast and convenient. Even can sleep if you want.
Train #1016 Third Class Reserved Seats, Sri Lanka Railway, Feb 27, 2024
First class is similar to second class in EU. Air conditioning working, though set needlessly to low temperature
Train #1024 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railway, Nov 11, 2023
25 customer reviews

How to get from Kandy to Colombo

When you want to get from Kandy to Colombo, 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 Van 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 247.68. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 4.83.

How far is Kandy from Colombo?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Kandy to Colombo. Your trip will be a total of 50 miles (80 km). The flying distance is 50 miles (80 km).

How long does it take to get from Kandy to Colombo?

The travel time from Kandy to Colombo can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 2 to 12 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Kandy to Colombo?

The cost of the trip from Kandy to Colombo 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 4.83 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 247.68.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 4.83 to USD 8.69;
  • Van price : USD 14.42 - USD 96.16;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 59.23 to USD 247.68.

How many trips per day are there between Kandy and Colombo?

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 16 trains per day.
  • Vans from Kandy to Colombo depart during the day - there are approximately 3 departures a day.
  • Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Kandy to Colombo 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 Kandy to Colombo. 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 59.23.

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 Kandy to Colombo. 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 Kandy to Colombo.

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 Kandy to Colombo

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Kandy to Colombo? 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% opted for a van.
  • 1% Other