Kandy to Colombo

Kandy to Colombo

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Kandy to Colombo Schedule

Kandy to Colombo Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lakpura Minivan 4pax Any time$ 56.11
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 03:25 - 06:13$ 15.12
Tuktukdude Leisure Shuttle + Safari Drive 05:00 - 17:00$ 81.60
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 07:39 - 11:13$ 13.60
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 10:40 - 14:05$ 13.60
Sri Lanka Railway Third Class Reserved Seats 13:03 - 15:47$ 4.28
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 14:16 - 16:38$ 4.28

Transportation from Kandy to Colombo

Kandy to Colombo Destination Reviews

Very comfortable classic old coach. Good bar service and dedicated loo. I wouldn't recommend any other rail transport on this root.
Train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 2, 2020
Very nice travel
Train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 2, 2020
Though it was dark out side but still the luxury and comfort is unparalleled moreover the fare is almost half in comparison to day journey in this section
Train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 15, 2020
Ticket had an incorrect end of journey time on it. However the train arrived more or less on time and was a very comfortable finish to a good holiday.
Train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 3, 2020
Train #1030 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 28, 2019
Excellent seats have been chosen by 12Go on every trip around Sri Lanka. Thank you.
Train #1010 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 17, 2019
Easy booking with good response. Everything was booked as we wish with the tickets delivered to our hotel. Very professional.
Train #1020 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 17, 2019
The train trip itself was great. Seats confortable, air con carriage. The mark up on the tickets by 12go however is large. If you can be flexible, reccommend buying directly from the rail station. Much cheaper. We had purchased a trip from Ella to Kandy with the same company which they refunded due to being unable to confirm. We were lucky to turn up to the station the day of the train and secure 2nd class reserved, which for this trip is ideal as you can open the windows to take pictures of the amazing scenery. We had a driver to take us to the office to pick the tickets up- which was fortunate. Next time I probably wouldnt prebook and just buy at the station. 1st class, 2nd class reserved and 2nd class unreserved are all fine to travel in.
Train #1010 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 26, 2019
Thank you
Train #1010 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 15, 2018
17 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 Van ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 82.00. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 4.00.

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 78 miles (124 km). The flying distance is 60 miles (96 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 4.00 for your ticket.

However, if you’re after more upscale travel . The most expensive variant is to opt for a Van - a one-way Van ticket can cost as much as USD 82.00.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 4.00 to USD 19.00;
  • Van price : USD 82.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 51.00 to USD 61.00.

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

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 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 51.00.

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:

  • 99% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1% Other