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From Kandy to Ella by Trains

From Kandy Any Hotel to Ella by Taxis

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

Passenger reviews out of total 2,620 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 17, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
We had some challenges paying for the tickets online with our card and had quite a few attempts trying different payment options. It finally went through! We read the small print and picked our tickets up at the office in Colombo. Check ahead for opening hours. Closed on Sundays. A little difficult to find as tucked away. We picked up the tickets no trouble. We had wonderful seats on the train. Exactly what we wanted!
Mar 15, 2019
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Booked tickets from Kandy to Ella a month in advance and had them delivered to our hotel in Negombo. Very good communication and organisation. The train trip itself was amazing and so glad we booked reserved seats in second class in advance as we had plenty of space, especially compared with unreserved 2nd class!
Mar 15, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great! Tickets delivered to our hotel. Highly recommend using
Mar 14, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
So picturesque!
Mar 13, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Travelling from kandy to Ella was amazing! The scenery was unbelievable, the first class seats were clean and very cool! Would definitely do it again.
Mar 12, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Very easy way to secure good tickets , got good seats . Posted to my guesthouse was delightful .will use them again
Mar 10, 2019
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
I admit it was one of my best experiences with train ride. This journey opened my eyes to one of the most scenic places that i never think would exist. Boarding the train was smooth and we get our seats accordingly based on our tickets. Since we are traveling in 3, we get to see the magnificent views from both sides of the windows. However, it was so lucky that our train wasn’t full at that time so we get to move around to catch the views from both sides of the train. Our tickets was supposed to be from Kandy to Ella but our kind driver offered to bring us around to visit spice garden and tea factory which only can be reached via road trip and we would definitely missed it if we board the train from kandy. He suggested us to board at Nanu-Oya to Ella instead (2.5hrs ride and the best views starts from there). The whole trip was fun and worth it all... make sure to save your phones or cameras’ battery full and sufficient memory spaces for your snaps.. Enjoy!
Mar 8, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great trip
Feb 7, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Good costumer service . Tickets arrived at the hotel on time
Jan 31, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★☆☆☆
Purchased two first class tickets on the train from Kandy to Ella in Sri Lanka. 12goasia purchased seats that were not together. Won’t be using them again.
Jan 31, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
We booked 1st class tickets from Kandy to Ella and had them delivered to our hostel in Colombo, I found the office to be very responsive by email, all went smoothly
Jan 31, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Great train ride. The people that worked on the train were very pleasant and helpful. The seats were comfortable and the six hour train ride went by quickly.
Jan 25, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Super
Jan 25, 2019
charter Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours
★★★★★
Great car, very nice driver, thank you!
Jan 25, 2019
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Our train tickets where sent to our hotel on time. God service. Fast responding to all questions.
Jan 24, 2019
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Everything ran as expected on the Kandy - Ella train with tickets sent to hotel as requested. Great service!
Jan 24, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Excellent and informative customer service from Katy (Miss) all the way leading up to our journey.
Jan 23, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Fantastic experience and unforgettable views of Sri Lanka. Only problem was at start because it wasn’t clear to us which was the Viceroy compartment. We tried to get on the train but the station guard said we only had a reservation and not a ticket so he wouldn’t let us on the train. We finally figured out that the Viceroy cabin was at the front of the train and our voucher was valid for that but not the other part of the train. We managed to get on with about 30 seconds to spare. Our fault for not being more observant but the service at Kandy station was not helpful. Take your own lunch and snacks.
Jan 17, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Lived up to all our expectations. Best train journey we’ve been on. Comfortable, relaxing, beautiful!!! Definitely do this if you can! Bring snacks!!!!
Jan 13, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Tickets were sent to our hotel eventually. The train trip was great. The first class carriage was a/c and comfortable. A fantastic journey.
Jan 11, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
The trip was great and the kids loved it...the 7 hours went very quickly. Were else in the world can you sit in the doorway of a train, hang your feet out, wave to the locals and enjoy the magnificent view. The only issue I have was that you could not issue electronic tickets..... instead relying on the need to physically pick up the tickets. This was a problem for us but after many phone calls and help from the locals you were able to deliver the tickets to us in Kandy
Jan 4, 2019
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
yuo are a WOUNDERFULL company. thank you for every Think.
Jan 2, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★☆☆
When we travelled, it became clear that Stef Lanka had given us tickets for the wrong train ride :( We were kicked off the train by the conductor because our ticket was for a train that had left 3 hours prior. Stef Lanka had written the correct time on the envelope, but then inserted the wrong ticket. So, I don’t have much good to say about Stef Lanka agents, but if you do use them then double, then triple check the detail on the ticket. Since then, 12go have fully refunded me the price of the ticket. 12go’s support team have been very good and I am pleased with their service. Scoring 3/5 overall. (Not a bad score for buying a ticket I couldn’t use - was a 1/5 before the refund!)
Jan 1, 2019
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Lovely train trip, thank you.
Dec 30, 2018
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Very good service and delivered our tickets to our hotel which was brilliant .
Dec 30, 2018
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Excellent experience throughout. The train journey with all the luxuries promised was wonderful.
Dec 27, 2018
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
Fantastic. Comfortable chairs. On time. Friendly staff. Aircon worked well. The negative was the Windows are too small and not clean enough. Also we didn't get any cookies as they ran out
Dec 25, 2018
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Great train, very comfortable and luxury like

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How to get from Kandy to Ella

Travelling between Kandy and Ella 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 Kandy to Ella?

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

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

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

Travelling between Kandy and Ella 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 Kandy and Ella ?

  • 4 from Kandy to Ella starting from 08:47 Kandy until 11:10 Kandy

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

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

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 Kandy and Ella

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 Kandy 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

  • 998 took a train
  • 2 bought a taxi ride