Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

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Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Schedule

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 6pax Any time$ 60.50
Sri Lanka Railway Observation class 03:30 - 08:54$ 6.38
Tuktukdude Leisure Shuttle + Safari Drive 06:00 - 15:00$ 62.40
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 08:47 - 12:37$ 4.88
Sri Lanka Railway Second Class 11:03 - 14:33$ 5.01
Sri Lanka Railway First Class Seat 15:59 - 21:19$ 6.38
Sri Lanka Railways First Class Seat 17:20 - 20:03$ 15.12
Sri Lanka Railways 2nd Class Seat 22:30 - 01:56$ 11

Transportation from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Destination Reviews

MS
it was pity the train was not on service because of the heavy rain .
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 8, 2022
MS
Was not clear enough about information during buying process, seats and refundable criteria
Train First Class, Ella Odyssey, Apr 26, 2022
PB
12GO were able to deliver when other agents could not
Train #1005 Third Class Reserved Seats, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 27, 2022
JA
Most beautiful train trip ever. Unforgettable!
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 25, 2022
JF
Clean, comfortable.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 21, 2022
SV
Service is excellent. But costly.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 27, 2021
MB
Perfect service and prompt response..
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 27, 2021
CB
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!
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
SS
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.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 20, 2020
RM
Quite an experience and very picturesque.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 2020
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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
  • 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 taxi ticket is the most expensive option - it will cost you about USD 65.45. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 3.96.

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 22 miles (34 km). The flying distance is 22 miles (34 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 9 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 Railway: travelling by train expect to pay as low as USD 3.96 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 65.45.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 4.00 to USD 18.00;
  • Van price : USD 62.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 51.00 to USD 65.00.

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 20 trains per day.
  • Vans from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya depart during the day - there are approximately 1 departures a 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 USD 51.00.

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.

Vans

A shared van is another means of transport for traveling from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. 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 Nuwara Eliya.

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 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:

  • 97% users enjoyed a train ride.
  • 3% decided to catch a taxi.