Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

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Trains

3h 24m First: 8:47 Last: 12:31

From LKR 2,727
1

Taxis

3h 10m

From LKR 35,549

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Schedule

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 13,088
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 35,549
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 10,535
Ceylon Roots Van 6pax Any timeLKR 11,411
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 - 12:40LKR 3,824
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 - 14:45LKR 3,824
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 12:31 - 15:55LKR 3,166

Transportation from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Destination Reviews

CB
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
Reserved 2nd class seats which were easy to find. Comfortable seats with fan in the carriage keeping it cool. Big window to see the view. Excellent train snacks!
SS
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Unfortunately, we were forced by COVID-19 restrictions to cancel our train journey. This review is based on the service that we received in purchasing the tickets only. I have scored the vehicle comfort as 4, even though we didn’t take the journey. The Sri Lankan Rail ticketing system makes purchasing advance tickets a bit of a lottery. We were apprehensive as our holiday centred on the train ride. We should not have worried, as the service and information provided by 12Go Asia was great. They answered our questions promptly and provided lots of useful advice. We will come to Sri Lanka next year and will certainly use 12Go Asia.
RM
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 2020
Quite an experience and very picturesque.
TG
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 22, 2020
Loved our train ride journey , highly recommend for a unique experience.
RJ
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 30, 2020
A very comfortable carriage the staff were very good and the cup of tea was a bonus.
OA
Bus Local, Browns Tours, Jan 12, 2020
I was the only passanger, so I was taken by car instead of bus. Comfortable car and very nice and safe driver. Took us there much faster then by bus!
GC
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 7, 2020
We took this train after reading it was one of the most beautiful ones and that was true! The scenery is beautiful!!! The carriage is so pretty inside, outside could use paint as it is not at all as in the photos. On the negative side the train picked us up almost one hour late, and we lost 2 more hours on the way so all in all it took almost double the time (around 6hrs). Just beware not to have flights or anything booked immediately after, just in case.
AR
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Nov 25, 2019
The Viceroy II carriage interiors were amazing. Breathtaking scenery. Must do! The external facade could do with a lick of paint and the journey would be perfect if a few snacks were served on board besides the tea and coffee.
ML
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 20, 2019
Service is great and really well organised. I booked over a month in advance, so I wrote them to check what was the status and they answered immediately and very nicely. Got tickets delivered to hotel and received a confirmation message, so that I knew they were there. Rain ride was beautiful and certainly a highlight of our trip :)
GW
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 18, 2019
I would suggest that you do not waste valuable holiday time travelling to the Colombo office. Difficult to find, heavy traffic and Colombo is not such a nice place. Pay the extra and have the tickets posted to your hotel. This is one of the best train rides you will experience. :)
RB
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 16, 2019
Really easy, great service
GJ
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 12, 2019
The trip was great I will use 12Go again
ES
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 17, 2019
We really appreciated that 12GoAsia sent our tickets directly to our hotel in Habarana
JB
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 7, 2019
We went on train 1015 from Kandy to Nanu Oya in first class section and we enjoyed the trip immensely Train left Kandy a little late but the journey was very good and our seats organised by 12go Asia were excellent and on the right side Air conditioning was excellent and we were glad we went first class the Windows don't open but that does not matter really and ensures the carriage is cool
GF
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 31, 2019
Everything worked out really well, especially the ticket Sending to the hotel
TH
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 20, 2019
Great service, would recommend. Tickets confirmed a few days before departure and delivered to our hotel in Colombo as requested.
MM
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 20, 2019
They send the tickets to our hotel in kandy. Communication very clear and fast.
SP
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 17, 2019
We reserved tickets 1 month before depature. Because of our landing time we couldnt pick up the tickets at the Office in Colombo. After getting in touch trough email the tickets were delivered to our hotel. Superb service. We had some nice seats in the reserved cabin. The non reserved cabins were so full people were hanging outside the train. Lucky us! Thx 12go asia!
KR
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 3, 2019
Despite booking tickets 60 days before departure I still missed out on my preferred seats when they were released 30 days before travel dates. However, by paying some more I was able to get 1st class tickets, and by paying another US$10 they were delivered to my hotel. The correspondence was ok, but I had issues not receiving some emails so it was a bit nerve wracking at times. In the end it all worked out, we were pleased with our seats.
CP
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 28, 2019
Hard to find our seat, some doors were locked, lucky our driver helped us, once we did the trip was good.
NC
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 5, 2019
Excellent service for 1st class reserved seats. Fantastic views, bit of a rough ride but worth the experience
PF
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 18, 2019
Very pleasant journey
WP
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 18, 2019
Wonderfull trip in a great train.
PH
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 17, 2019
Good seats but it was a pain having to travel to the Colombo office to pick up the tickets and we had to wait as no-one was there,
SC
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 16, 2019
Felt like VIPs. A great experience.
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How to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

When you want to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya, 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 35,549. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 2,727.

How far is Kandy from Nuwara Eliya?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. Your trip will be a total of 33 miles (53 km). The flying distance is 26 miles (41 km).

How long does it take to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya?

The travel time from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 4 hours.

How much does it cost to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya?

The cost of the trip from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 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 2,727 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 35,549.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 2,793 to LKR 6,384;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 8,977 to LKR 35,509.

How many trips per day are there between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya?

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 1 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya. 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 8,977.

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 Nuwara Eliya

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

  • 100% users enjoyed a train ride.