Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended
05:55
Colombo Fort
2h 52m train ride
08:47
Kandy
Sri Lanka Railways
Recommended
10:35
Colombo Fort
3h 17m train ride
4.3
13:52
Kandy
Refundable Recommended
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Colombo Any Hotel
5h taxi ride in Comfort 2pax
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Kandy Any Hotel
Refundable

Colombo to Kandy Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort 2pax 00:00 - 05:00LKR 12,365
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:55 - 08:47LKR 3,397
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 07:00 - 09:31LKR 3,397
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:30 - 11:10LKR 3,397
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 10:35 - 13:52LKR 3,397
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 12:40 - 16:04LKR 2,813
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 15:35 - 18:06LKR 3,397

Colombo to Kandy destination reviews

4.1
45 customer reviews
5
60%
4
18%
3
4%
2
4%
1
13%
82% of 45 travelers were presumably happy with this destination
EG
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 17, 2019
Tickets were delivered to hotel as requested - great service and a great train trip.
SB
4
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Aug 14, 2019
Hi, we enjoyed a lot in the charismatic interiors of the carriage. Just two issues : More than tea/coffee, at least few snacks as complimentary shoule be served. The carriage was jerking quite a lot, as the train picked up high speeds.
MG
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 19, 2019
Very nice trip! Good organization, excellent staff and great idea!
GG
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Apr 15, 2019
Beautiful scenery. Luxurious, comfortable air conditioned carriage.
PC
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 8, 2019
Good. Train left on time and tickets worked no problem.
SJ
4
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 25, 2019
Very efficient service, cool & comfortable. Happily use again.
RN
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 18, 2019
We were offered great assistance at the station, easily found our seats & enjoyed the trip in comfort, great experience
KS
4
train #1029 Second Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 28, 2019
Partially really nice views! Plenty of place on the 2nd class. Train was on time. We were sitting backwards which made me travel sick a bit and we only had a partial window on our spot. Not too many touts or vendors a plus! There was a violental incident in the train and it had to stop along the way and the violent person had to leave the train.
SD
5
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 23, 2019
The whole process was very easy. Tickets were even delivered to our hotel in Negombo. Train journey was beautiful and in comfy seats. Great experience I'd definitely recommend
MA
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 24, 2019
Great trip on the viceroy train and very easy to organise with e-ticket
LH
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 2, 2019
Great experience - the carriage was excellent. We appreciated the complementary cup of tea too! Slight confusion when arriving at the station as to whether we needed paper tickets, so maybe this could be improved.
KC
5
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 2, 2019
Great train journey. Excellent instructions from 12Go Asia . Very luxurious!
FA
5
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 27, 2018
Excellent! everything was very smooth. We exchanged a couple of emails and just before departure received an email from 12go explaining everything. It was very good to know that there would be a 12go representative at the station. The ViceRoyII was an amazing experience, I do not regret at all the extra that we had to pay for it. The staff was very nice and helpful with my 1 year boy that also loved the expereince. Highly recommended
CG
4
train #1029 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 25, 2018
Picking up tickets: We went directly from the airport in Negombo to pick up our tickets (by taxi) on the 24th of December, and the office was open. Which was great. The office is about 7 kilometers from the train station, but we had already figured that out, and asked the taxi to drive us to both stops. The taxi cost us 3000 rupees, and a bus ride would probably have cost us a total of 500 rupees (for two people). But the time we saved, and the comfort of the taxi ride compared to taking the bus (which according to the driver did not go on that day - Christmas) was money well spent. Train ride: We had first class tickets. At first, we did not find the first class carriage, since we got on the train before they had attached the first class carriage to the train. So we ended up sitting in second class, until the train ticket collector told us where to go. First class has air con and the ride was nice with great views. Overall we had a good experience.
OA
2
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 20, 2018
The booking was changed, I did not get notified about it! I only found out when you delivered the tickets to the hotel
OC
5
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 15, 2018
Thank you so much for your kind assistance with the ticket
TD
3
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 28, 2018
Very poor service at Stef Lanka in Colombo. Waited for office to open in the morning for over half an hour before we gave up! So we tried calling the hotline 20 times during the day but no reply. Some Hotline! Finally made a second visit late afternoon with success. Train to Kandy very bumpy aircon carriage was ok
DS
2
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 26, 2018
I ordered a return ticket from fort Colombo to Kandy, I received the away ticket, after a great deal of searching for the office in Colombo in a taxi. The return ticket was missing . I phoned many times over two days assurances were given the ticket was on its way by a driver . I'm now in Kandy with no return ticket which cost 20 UK pounds far more expensive than had I had bought a ticket in Sri Lanka. Very disappointed to lose the money as I'm sure no compensation will be forth coming The issuing office was Stef Lanka
SK
5
train #1029 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 14, 2018
This train booking was so easy and worked perfectly. Great to be able to book in advance and not have to buy the ticket the day of the train journey.
AS
5
train #1019 First Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 26, 2019
Comfortable and on time

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How to get from Colombo to Kandy

Travelling between Colombo and Kandy is possible by Train and taxi. Train guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Taxi is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 15,137 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,812.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 5 hours to travel between Colombo and Kandy depending on the means of transport you choose.

Train is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Kandy. Train will bring you to your destination in 2h 31m. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 5h to reach Kandy.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Kandy can be as cheap as LKR 2,812 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 15,137 if you buy a Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours) taxi 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 Kandy ?

  • 15 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 05:55 Colombo Fort until 17:45 Colombo Fort

3 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel until 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel

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

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

Taxi

Some travellers consider taxi to be the most convenient form of overland transport thanks to flexible departure times, a possibility to choose the size of the car you need, and a hassle-free door-to-door service.

Things to remember: If you are planning to make detours during your trip, discuss it with your driver or service provider in advance as it may affect the price.

Companies offering charters between Colombo and Kandy

Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours)

Train

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 Kandy?

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

  • 998 took a train
  • 2 bought a taxi ride