From Kandy to Ella by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
6h 27m ride in train #1005
Sri Lanka Railways
6h 1m ride in train #1015

From Peradenya to Ella by Trains

Sri Lanka Railways
Peradenya, Kandy
5h 52m ride in train #1007, Observation class

From Kandy Any Hotel to Ella by Taxis

Instant Recommended
Kandy Any Hotel
4h taxi ride in Comfort
Refundable Fastest
Kandy Any Hotel
3h 45m taxi ride in Comfort

Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort 00:00 - 04:00LKR 36,895
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 00:00 - 03:45LKR 13,884
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 - 15:14LKR 3,457
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 - 17:11LKR 3,457
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 12:31 - 18:23LKR 3,655

Kandy to Ella destination reviews

103 customer reviews
83% of 103 travelers were happy with this destination
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 14, 2019
Second class reserved seats from Kandy to Haputale were excellent. The journey was comfortable, and the large windows open which is great for the view (better than air conditioned 1st class where the windows are smaller and closed). Beautiful scenery. Tea and snacks bought from vendors who wandered through the carriage occasionally were also good. Getting the tickets was easy too! Tickets were waiting for us at our hotel which was great. So glad we had reserved seats at the non-reserved carriages were standing room only. Thanks :)
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 11, 2019
Very nice! There was plenty of space. But you charge 30 usd for a 1200 LKR trip... that is a bit too much
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 9, 2019
Very helpful service and good communication about out tickets. We couldn’t pick them up in colombo, so they were sent to our hotel in Kandy ????????
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 8, 2019
The scenery was fantastic, but once again our reserved seats were facing backwards in the direction of travel and we did not have a window, even after booking months in advance.
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 4, 2019
Awesome views from the train, worth booking a 1st class ticket to ensure a seat. Great service from, our tickets were at our Negombo Hotel when we arrived.
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 4, 2019
There was some problem with the pick-up regarding time and place which resulted in that we where late. However the company was really nice and tried to make up for their mistake and gave us a discount. So overall I can recommend them. Really nice driver
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 25, 2019
We booked a first class trip between Kandy and Ella. However, the train was 1.5hrs late leaving. We went one stop and sat on the train for another half hour or so. Then we were told to disembark the train and put on a bus for half an hour. Then we re-boarded a train at another station, however our assigned seats were taken, so we ended up having to find seats elsewhere on the train. Total travel time ended up being over 13hrs. Overall a dissapointing experience.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Aug 17, 2019
All was perfect and he could enjoy the beautiful trip
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Aug 15, 2019
Were on the viceroy II carriage. Just turned up show the voucher and we were shown to our seats. Carriage was beautiful. Staff were amazing. Left on time. Train was 90 mins late getting there but that is quite common. Views are stunning.
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 23, 2019
We had good communication with the agents both through email and WhatsApp, and the tickets was delivered to our hotel without any issues ????
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 3, 2019
Super nice, professional service, the tickets were delivered on time to my hotel, no hassle
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 3, 2019
We got the train tickets delivered to the hotel everything went easily. I can't believe the markup and a 35 day lead time, but it was sold out and I had no recourse but to buy his way. Better than not being able to buy at all. I was charged 10 $USD for mailing to a hotel the form on it said 250rs so about $1.50 so in addition to the ticket markup there was a 800% mark up on postage.
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, May 27, 2019
The trip was pretty good but then the train derailed about an hour from Ella.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 28, 2019
There were only 1 bag of peanuts on the train for snack, so it wasn't stocked up. But maybe it's because of the troubles in the country of a few days ago.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 27, 2019
We only travelled from Nuwara Eliya to Ella but we had to book the whole duration to confirm a seat when we booked from Australia, other seats and trains weren’t available. The train was comfortable with a table and individual chairs.We were served tea and purchased an alcoholic drink, staff were very friendly. Our only disappointment was more around the train being late so we missed the scenery. . Book a morning train. We Had no trouble when boarding , we just showed our printed confirmation and email with seat numbers.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 26, 2019
Lovely and comfortable Staff looked after us well. It's a shame you dont do other routes around Sri lanka definitely prefer it yo a taxi
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 25, 2019
Very scenic. Great service. Very long trip. 6.5 hours but well worth it.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 13, 2019
The luxury ViceRoy 2 train was great. I strongly recommend it.
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 13, 2019
A bit fiddly to find stef Lanka to pick up the tickets but easy to collect and the train ride was beautiful
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 13, 2019
Beautiful scenery, comfortable , toilets could be better - is fantastic to deal with

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

How to get from Kandy to Ella

When you want to get from Kandy to Ella, you have a few options to consider. Traveling between these destinations is possible by different means of transport:

  • 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 36,905. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,466.

How far is Kandy from Ella?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Kandy to Ella. Your trip will be a total of 201 miles (323 km). The flying distance is 40 miles (64 km).

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

The travel time from Kandy to Ella 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 Kandy to Ella?

The cost of the trip from Kandy to Ella 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 2,466 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 36,905.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,466 to LKR 3,656;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 13,888 to LKR 36,905.

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

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.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Kandy to Ella 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 Ella. 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 13,888.

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.

The most popular transport from Kandy to Ella

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

  • 998 users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 2 decided to catch a taxi.