Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Nuwara Eliya to Ella

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Nuwara Eliya to Ella Destination Reviews

Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 21, 2020
I opted to pay extra and have the tickets delivered to the first of the guest houses I stayed in. First you have to pay and wait for 12go to confirm they were able to get the tickets. It does leave you with a period of uncertainty and 12go could've been more proactive with their communication. I had to drop them an enquiry a couple of times for greater clarity on process and they did respond timely. Again they confirmed the tickets but didn't tell me when they would be delivered. Once more I contacted their customer service and was told they deliver the ticket five days before my arrival into Srilanka. After which there was no issues and they delivered on time as committed. Thus their service was good but required my repeated contact with their customer service to get to know what's going on for my own peace of mind. They also could have clarified the pdf was good enough and didn't need to be exchanged at the train station. I looked up on the web and found relevant information on this myself. All in all it would be great if they can have a clearly worded FAQ at the outset
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 5, 2020
Process of buying tickets was brilliant. I ordered them to be delivered to my hotel in Nanu Oya where we arrived the night before. I was nervous until we arrived - but no need the tickets were there. Train was excellent. Our seats were available and comfortable. Train arrived a few minutes late but we were kept informed at Nanu Oya. Would definitely use 12goasia again
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 4, 2020
Easy travel :)
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 18, 2020
Luxurious cabin and great service but the train was delayed by an hour so we missed a lot of the scenery due to the darkness.
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 13, 2020
We had a great time on our Vicroy Train Trip . We loved every minute
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 12, 2019
The trip was amazing. I am not sure I would buy again forehand since there was no problem purchasing the ticket on the same day (and it was 20 times cheaper). 1st class was the only one with air con and we appreciated that. Otherwise there is not much difference with second class.
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 23, 2019
Tickets were delivered as promised. Everything went really smoothly. The train ride was so much fun!
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 3, 2019
Perfect service! We got or tickets sent to our hotel so they were waiting for us in the reception when we checked in. Before going, I contacted customers service and got a response a just few minutes later. They even managed to book tickets on the right side of the train as we had wished for.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 21, 2019
We could only find information that said there was only 1st class or 3rd class tickets for the trains - at ~9am & MD; & not possible to reserve on 3rd class; so we prepurchased 1st class tickets - dull trip in over air conditioned carriage that was a constant thoroughfare for 2nd class to go forward to the loo & for a smoke. As noted, there actually was a 2nd class option, a much nicer way to travel. And, there was a train at ~11am - which didn’t seem to appear on available online timetables. Views lovely on on left hand side of train but not better than NE train to Ella; luggage storage a problem in 1st class
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 25, 2019
A lovely train trip.
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How to get from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

When you want to get from Nuwara Eliya 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 USD 71.50. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as USD 13.67.

How far is Nuwara Eliya from Ella?

If you’re traveling by land, it’s important to know the distance from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Your trip will be a total of 28 miles (45 km). The flying distance is 22 miles (35 km).

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

The travel time from Nuwara Eliya to Ella can vary depending on the mode of transportation you choose. All things considered, the whole journey should take from 1 to 3 hours.

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

The cost of the trip from Nuwara Eliya 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 USD 13.67 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 71.50.

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

  • Train tickets - USD 14.00 to USD 19.00;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from USD 46.00 to USD 72.00.

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

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

  • Trains always run on a set schedule - there are 2 trains per day.

Taxis are a good option to consider for this route, too. Book a cab to take you from Nuwara Eliya 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 Nuwara Eliya 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 46.00.

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 Nuwara Eliya to Ella

How to choose the most convenient way of travel from Nuwara Eliya 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.