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From Ella to Kandy by Trains

Train #1016 by Sri Lanka Railways
06:40
Ella
5h 58m train ride
3.5+
12:38
Kandy

From Ella to Kandy by Taxis

Taxi by Avro Travels and Tours
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Ella
4h taxi ride in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel

Passenger reviews out of total 985 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 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Amazing scenery
Mar 15, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Good seats and tickets delivered to us on arrival in Sri Lanka.
Mar 9, 2019
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
We got the seats we wanted and the tickets were in our hotel waiting for us when we arrived! Everything worked well, very good service!
Feb 24, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Service from this company was fantastic. I didn’t read that we had to go to the office to get the tickets, or have them sent to our hotel. I called them 1.5 days before we had to catch the train and they managed to get a same day courier to drop the ticket to us on time. Worth paying extra (almost double) to have the peace of mind of having seats, because the train ride is very very popular. The air con cabin (1st class) was FREEZING though. Uncomfortably so. The views were incredible and the 6 hour ride went quite quickly. Thanks 12go for making sure we got on our train!!
Feb 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Friendly staff, train little bit old and no so clean restrooms
Feb 16, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
It’s stunning!
Feb 3, 2019
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
Great views,but train was late over 2 hours. There was some bugs lurling in to the train.
Feb 1, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great train trip!!!
Jan 28, 2019
train #1016 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great service
Jan 23, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
As I had voucher in hand trying to find office in Colombo which was no easy task. However I eventually did but it was closed due to a public holiday. The next day went to office it was closed. Finally got hold of the person who was meant to be managing the office. Anyway finally got my ticket spent at least 30 dollars doing this then missed my train to my next destination so that cost another 75 dollars. So very dissatisfied with the whole deal. It would been heaps cheaper to get to the train station very early and pay stuff all for the dam ticket. So fellow travellers Beware.
Jan 17, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
Very comfortable for a long journey. Friendly staff and a nice lunch although not quite as advertised and expensive for what it was. The train itself is excellent value.
Jan 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Amazing trip! Absolutely stunning scenery. Booking our tickets head and having them delivered to our hotel in Columbo was the way to go.
Jan 16, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Fantastic! The tickets were delivered to our hotel as arranged, and we had seats on the left-hand side of the train in the 1st class carriage (the best side for views when travelling from Ella to Kandy). We met other tourists who hadn't pre-booked and missed out on 1st class tickets and got stuck in a crowded 'Unreserved 2nd class' carriage. Will definitely use 12go again.
Jan 15, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★☆☆
Ants in the food we ordered in advance...
Jan 11, 2019
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Amazing customer service...so helpful. And brilliant trip, we loved it.
Jan 10, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Amazing, very slick operation
Jan 8, 2019
train #1016 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
Despite booking and being told by you that we had 1st class tickets we were given 2nd class reserved by the Stef Lanka office in Colombo. I think there is some fiddling accruing here. Plus the office is very very out of the way across town and not convenient to go to. The actual train journey was fine and very pretty.
Jan 4, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
Wery bumpy. A/C off long time and Wifi too.
Jan 2, 2019
train #1006 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Very easy system to order tickets online from the UK. The train journey was comfortable and the views are tremendous. Would highly recommend!
Dec 28, 2018
train #1006 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Our tickets were changed from 1st class to Viceroy II which was a fabulous train journey in wonderful and comfortable vintage coach. But it stopped short of Kandy and left an hour later than on ticket. More info in advance from 123go would be useful but Viceroy train excellent
Dec 25, 2018
train #Viceroy II #1008 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★☆☆
The staff were AMAZING!!! Why I didn’t give a 5 was the, at times, intense swaying of the car back and forth! Perhaps tracks need repair??

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How to get from Ella to Kandy

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 36,549 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,442.

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

It can take you anywhere between 4 and 7 hours to travel between Ella and Kandy depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Ella and Kandy. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 3h 45m. Train does a much slower job and take about 6h 27m to reach Kandy.

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

Travelling between Ella and Kandy can be as cheap as LKR 2,442 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 36,549 if you buy a Avro Travels and 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 Ella and Kandy ?

  • 4 from Ella to Kandy starting from 06:40 Ella until 09:24 Ella

2 from Ella to Kandy starting from 00:00 Ella until 00:00 Ella

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Ella 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 Ella and Kandy

Avro Travels and Tours, 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 Ella 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

  • 996 took a train
  • 4 bought a taxi ride