Kandy to Ella

Kandy to Ella

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Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 3pax Any timeLKR 25,392
Sri Lanka Railway Observation class 03:30 - 13:29LKR 3,650
Tuktukdude Leisure Shuttle + Safari Drive 06:00 - 15:00LKR 21,623
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class Reserved Seats 09:18 - 17:37LKR 7,245
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Reserved Seat 11:03 - 17:00LKR 3,125
Sri Lanka Railway Observation class 12:25 - 19:20LKR 3,650
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Reserved Seat 22:13 - 04:17LKR 3,650

Transportation from Kandy to Ella

Facts about the transport from Kandy to Ella

Cheapest Transport$6
Fastest Transport2h
Earliest Departure12:00 AM
Latest Departure11:03 AM
Departures per day3
Distance100 kilometers
Transport CompaniesLakpura, Magical Sri Lanka, Real Lanka Holidays, Sri Lanka Railway, Tuktukdude Leisure

Kandy to Ella Destination Reviews

Overall great experience. Immediately after booking (34 days prior train departure) we received an email with a booking confirmation, however, it took very long until we received the ticket confirmation/voucher (11 days prior train departure). The shipping of tickets went smooth, however, we never received an email confirming the shipment of the tickets as it was mentioned in the ticket confirmation email. So overall the train ride was superb, just a little bite nerve killing waiting for confirmation or hoping tickets will arrive:)
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 20, 2022
When a family book tickets they are assigned random seats and not together. Then police come and inquire you about the seats. No one wants to leave kids and others at random places
Train Second Class Reserved Seats, Ella Odyssey, Apr 16, 2022
Fast efficient service
Train Second Class Reserved Seats, Ella Odyssey, Apr 16, 2022
Very expensive way to guarantee a seat. We booked Kandy to Ella train journey on 13th April 2022 (reserving just over 1 month before), reserving for $39.34USD, for two tickets for 2nd class seated. We ticked that if these were not available that we would take an upgrade. We were emailed 1-2days later to say that there were no 2nd class tickets and asked if we would pay the extra of $5.5USD/person, which we accepted and paid We subsequently came to Sri Lanka and was told by our taxi driver (who is from Kandy), that we grossly overpaid and this was a complete ripoff. He explained that the tickets are only a fraction of the cost and that we should make a complaint about the website. When we checked the tickets on the train, we found that they only cost 2400Sri Lankan rupees which at the time of ordering (mid-March 2022), equalled 8.88USD. This seems to be a hussle that relies on foreigners paying over and above the cost of the ticket for fear of tickets not being available. This was one of the more expensive international websites to use so I would at least encourage people to shop around for cheaper prices The train journey itself was great. Slightly delayed by 20mins but otherwise well timed, regular snacks and great views. It was busy on most carriages however there were a few free seats (maybe 90% full, this was on Sri Lankan New Year’s Eve as well which I believe is normally a very busy time). I cannot comment on how full 2nd class seated was (I am presuming it was full as per 12Go’s email to us). Our driver did insist that tickets are always available on the day (although I think this is only for non-seated tickets), so it leaves me wondering if I would bother booking again in advance (with a large price markup of over 600%) to guarantee tickets or just take a chance getting tickets on the day…I would certainly at least shop around for other websites anyway
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 14, 2022
The price was clearly changed
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 10, 2022
They changed the date
Train #1015 Third Class Reserved Seats, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 3, 2022
Would have been excellent had another train not derailed in front of us. Had to get off carry luggage 500 metres to next station to get onward train. Only lost about an hour so very good all considered.
Train #1041 Second Class Reserved Seats, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 3, 2022
Everything was just smooth and handled professionally. Very happy with the service overall.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 30, 2022
An excellent service for train tickets! 12go purchased the tickets in advance and delivered them to the hotel. Upon arrival at check-in the tickets were waiting for us. It made the trip smooth and easy. Many other travels had to wake up early or go to the station the day before whilst we had them in our possession from day 1! I messaged 12go to check the train details and they responded extremely quickly. Could not recommend them enough! Thank you so much
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 29, 2022
These guys did exactly what they said they would. Trustworthy and efficient. I recommend their service. Peter
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 25, 2022
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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:

  • Flight
  • Train
  • Van
  • Taxi

If you’re looking for a quick trip, it’s recommended that you use Flight+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 82.08. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a taxi as a taxi ticket costs as low as USD 60.19.

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 63 miles (100 km). The flying distance is 63 miles (100 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 2 to 9 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 Real Lanka Holidays: travelling by taxi expect to pay as low as USD 60.19 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 82.08.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 5.77 to USD 27.69;
  • Van price : USD 21.56 - USD 71.87;
  • flight+taxi price: USD 162.43 - USD 180.47. From Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Mattala Airport until 00:00 Mattala Airport

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 60.19 to USD 82.08.

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

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 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 USD 60.19.

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 Ella. 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 Ella.

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 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:

  • 58% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 34% opted for a van.
  • 8% decided to catch a taxi.