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From Colombo Fort to Ella by Trains

Train #1007 by Sri Lanka Railways
Colombo Fort
8h 37m train ride

Passenger reviews out of total 351 passengers who traveled with us on this route.

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Mar 7, 2019
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
We booked the train tickets 1 month in advance and asked for them to be delivered to our hotel in Colombo and they were there when we arrived as promised. Excellent service and we thoroughly enjoyed the journey. We understood the need for reserving a seat when we saw the number of passengers In the unreserved coaches!!!
Jan 8, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
Ride was great. Seats were really comfortable. However I disliked the policy that you were not allowed to bring your own food. Or so I thought because I could see other people did and the staff didn't care. I payed a lot of money for the lunch on board and food was average.

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How to get from Colombo to Ella

Travelling between Colombo and Ella is possible by train. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 4,014 if you go by train; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,835.

How long does it take to get from Colombo to Ella?

It can take you anywhere between 9 and 10 hours to travel between Colombo and Ella depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Ella. Train will bring you to your destination in 8h 37m. Train does a much slower job and take about 9h 19m to reach Ella.

How much does it cost to get from Colombo to Ella?

Travelling between Colombo and Ella can be as cheap as LKR 2,835 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 4,014 if you buy a Sri Lanka Railways train ticket.

Here is the list of how much you can expect to pay travelling by each means of transport available for this route.

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

  • 6 from Colombo to Ella starting from 05:55 Colombo Fort until 09:45 Colombo Fort

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Colombo to Ella.

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?


Train is a often a great choice for long-haul travel especially if you opt for a night sleeper train with berths which will allow you to sleep all your journey through. To make the most of your train journey, choose the class of your ticket wisely.

Note that there are air-conditioned and fan-only carriages; private compartments for 2 or 4; hard and soft seats.
Though the upper class you get the smoother is your journey, often second class air-conditioned or fan-only sleepers are a good money saving alternative.

What is the most popular transport to get from Colombo to Ella?

There is a choice of transportation means any time of the day with train remaining the most popular option due to their reasonable pricing and comfort.

Out of 1000 travellers who bought tickets for this route

  • 1000 took a train