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From Kandy to Ella by train

08:47
Kandy
15:14
Ella
6h 27m
08:47
Kandy
15:14
Ella
6h 27m
11:10
Kandy
17:11
Ella
6h 1m
11:10
Kandy
17:11
Ella
6h 1m

From Peradenya to Ella by train

12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
18:23
Ella
5h 52m
#Viceroy II #1007
12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
18:23
Ella
5h 52m
eTicket 
#Viceroy II #1007
12:35
Peradenya, Kandy
18:27
Ella
5h 52m
eTicket 

From Kandy to Ella by bus

08:00
Kandy
12:50
Ella
4h 50m
Instant 
08:00
Kandy
13:10
Ella
5h 10m
Instant 

From Kandy Any Hotel to Ella by taxi

Any
Kandy Any Hotel
Time
Ella
4h
Instant 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Kandy Any Hotel
Time
Ella
3h 45m
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl
Any
Kandy Any Hotel
Time
Ella
4h
Refund 
  vehicle, all incl

Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 37,122
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 13,970
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 – 15:14LKR 3,478
Browns Tours Local 08:00 – 12:50LKR 3,629
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 – 17:11LKR 3,478
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 12:31 – 18:23LKR 3,678

Kandy to Ella destination reviews

4.1
159 customer reviews
5
60%
4
19%
3
6%
2
4%
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11%
MS
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 31, 2019
Food options were limited. Also the unexpected delay didn't allow us to enjoy the view during the evening-night time.
JV
5
taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours, Dec 30, 2019
Our driver was super helpful and the van was clean and comfortable. The driver recommended a couple of spots for overview photos and even a visit to a tea plantation which we really enjoyed. It was a long drive along winding roads and he was very careful and a good, safe driver.
KA
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 26, 2019
We took the VIP carriage as they were the last tickets available to pre-book. The guy who worked in the carriage was very accommodating and the train itself was definitely better quality than the regular trains and very comfortable. Lunch is not included in the price so bring snacks if you don’t want to pay a premium for what is available on board. We were quite happy with beer, coffee and potato chips though. We arrived 1 hour later but that’s to be expected.
TL
5
taxi Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours, Dec 22, 2019
Vijitha is an amazing driver and a lovely guy. He was very accommodating and patient, and made the best of a very testing journey with pouring rain and landslides. I would recommend him to anyone travelling to Sri Lanka.
JW
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 21, 2019
Nice trip with good service
JN
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 21, 2019
Good train trip! Comfortable chairs, toilet and possibility to order something to drink. Not much snacks to chose from, i would recommend to pre-order lunch. Great way to travel with our 2,5 year old!
ML
5
Bus Local, Browns Tours, Dec 19, 2019
Excellent driver
TH
3
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 19, 2019
We were expecting a little more luxury from the Viceroy II carriage and more than one cup of tea for the entirety of the journey. We had to pay for our 2nd cup of tea, which given the cost of the ticket we expected to be complimentary. However, it was a scenic journey and we're glad we had the experience.
AM
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 17, 2019
Amazing
JC
5
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 15, 2019
Very beautiful train ride! But after speaking to some locals we decided to get in at halfway instead of Kandy to Elle. So we reduced the trip from 6 to 3 hrs which was perfect for us. Booking process was very easy. We got the tickets posted to our hotel at a fee but they texted to make sure we got the tickets which was good. You pay a bit more than locals but very happy to do that for the convenience of it!
YS
2
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 14, 2019
Cabin looks very tired and dusty..... we had to change train as there was a landslide.... Viceroy 11 passengers including my family had no seats in 1st Class as all other passengers from other carriage had occupied in the new train ..... was total chaos and badly organised by JF Tours who runs the Viceroy 11.
MG
5
train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 14, 2019
Amazing view. Bring your own drink and food. There were no cafeteria on the train.
MM
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 13, 2019
The scenery was amazing and the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant.
GT
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 2, 2019
There weren’t any person at the Ella station to provide the tickets as mentioned on the eticket
LC
5
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 26, 2019
Booking on website was really easy & Tickets were waiting for us at hotel early as requested after prompt email responses, great service & really enjoyed the train ride
LC
3
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 25, 2019
Train broke down and there was no communication whatsoever to the passengers. We just sat there for 45 minutes until I got fed up and started asking questions. Train was rickety and jumpy, thought it was going to jump off the tracks it was so all over the place! Nice views if you get a chance to hang out the door though
AW
5
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 23, 2019
Delivery service and communication were exceptional!! The train ride was just as everyone says, so beautiful and fun! Highly recommend reserving your train ticket. Less headache.
DH
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 13, 2019
Awesome landscape, hIghly recommended!
TE
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Nov 13, 2019
Amazing train ride, do it!!!
PJ
4
train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 12, 2019
first class needs improving maybe charge more and do some improvements. Other wise the scenery was spectacular but deserves a better observation car

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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 37,086. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,478.

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 2,478 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 37,086.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,478 to LKR 7,250;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 13,956 to LKR 37,086.

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 6 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?

Taxi

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 13,956.

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 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:

  • 99% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 1% decided to catch a taxi.