Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Nuwara Eliya to Ella

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Refundable Cheapest Fastest
Nuwara Eliya
2h 30m taxi ride
From LKR 10,334 vehicle, all incl

From Nuwara Eliya to Ella by taxi

Refundable Cheapest Fastest
Nuwara Eliya
2h 30m taxi ride
From LKR 10,334 vehicle, all incl

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Train #1005 by Sri Lanka Railways
12:40 Nanu Oya, Nuwara Eliya
Requires bookings in advance (20 days)

Nuwara Eliya to Ella Schedule

Nuwara Eliya to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 10,334
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 43,862
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 12:40 - 15:14LKR 3,800
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 15:55 - 18:22LKR 3,800
Viceroy II by 12Go VIP AC 15:55 - 18:27LKR 6,225

Transportation from Nuwara Eliya to Ella

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
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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 LKR 43,862. If you want to save on transportation, it’s better to take a train as a train ticket costs as low as LKR 3,770.

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 2 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 LKR 3,770 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 43,862.

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

  • Train tickets - LKR 3,696 to LKR 6,224;

You can order a taxi, too - an estimated cost of the ride is from LKR 10,309 to LKR 43,959.

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 1 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 LKR 10,309.

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:

  • 100% users enjoyed a train ride.