From Kandy to Ella by Trains

Train #1015 by Sri Lanka Railways
11:10
Kandy
6h 1m train ride
4.4+
17:11
Ella

From Peradenya to Ella by Trains

Train #1007 by Sri Lanka Railways
12:31
Peradenya, Kandy
5h 52m train ride
18:23
Ella

From Kandy Any Hotel to Ella by Taxis

Taxi by Stef Lanka Tours
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Kandy Any Hotel
3h 45m taxi ride in Comfort
5
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Ella
Taxi by Stef Lanka Tours
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Kandy Any Hotel
4h taxi ride in Comfort
5
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Ella

From Kandy Any Hotel to Ella by Taxis+Trains

Taxi+Train by Stef Lanka Tours
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Kandy Any Hotel
4h. All connections guaranteed.
04:00
Ella

Passenger reviews out of total 3,390 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.

Apr 28, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★☆☆
There were only 1 bag of peanuts on the train for snack, so it wasn't stocked up. But maybe it's because of the troubles in the country of a few days ago.
Apr 27, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
We only travelled from Nuwara Eliya to Ella but we had to book the whole duration to confirm a seat when we booked from Australia, other seats and trains weren’t available. The train was comfortable with a table and individual chairs.We were served tea and purchased an alcoholic drink, staff were very friendly. Our only disappointment was more around the train being late so we missed the scenery. . Book a morning train. We Had no trouble when boarding , we just showed our printed confirmation and email with seat numbers.
Apr 26, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Lovely and comfortable Staff looked after us well. It's a shame you dont do other routes around Sri lanka definitely prefer it yo a taxi
Apr 25, 2019
train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Very scenic. Great service. Very long trip. 6.5 hours but well worth it.
Apr 13, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
The luxury ViceRoy 2 train was great. I strongly recommend it.
Apr 13, 2019
train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
A bit fiddly to find stef Lanka to pick up the tickets but easy to collect and the train ride was beautiful
Apr 13, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Beautiful scenery, comfortable , toilets could be better - 12go.asia is fantastic to deal with
Apr 12, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Beautiful train journey, very well organized, very clean, nice toilets and amazingly friendly and helpful staff. One of the best train journeys I have ever been on. Thank you so much!
Apr 12, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Such an amazing trip! The views are stunning. The train itself was gorgeous- wood paneled inside, big comfy chairs and friendly staff. There is a bar and light snacks like chips, but be sure to bring food and water for the 6 hour trip. Don't miss this highlight of Sri Lanka and book way in advance- tickets sell out early!
Apr 12, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★☆
I don’t travel very well going backwards and there was no alternative but to do so for 6 hours! (seats are allocated). However, the scenery is spectacular, the seats are spacious and comfy and there is a bar! We expected to be able to buy food en route but you can’t.
Apr 11, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
A great trip, highly recommended. The station staff at Peradenya were friendly and helpful, as were those on the train. Seats very comfortable, toilet clean etc. Drinks a little pricey but what the hell. Consistently interesting views. A lovely train experience.
Apr 11, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★☆☆
Service from the team was great answered all my questions, but little disappointing when you find out the price you’re charged is over double the cost of the actual tickets. Thought the views from the train were great but don’t expect a first class train experience!!!
Apr 9, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
I asked for our tickets to be couriered to Negombo as we were not going to Colombo. When I arrived they were there! Their communication was great and so was the train trip. All in all, a great experience
Apr 9, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Had 1st class tickets delivered to our hotel this made it very easy. Train journey was good with amazing views. train was as we expected but overall very enjoyable journey.
Apr 9, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Beautifull landscape, comfortable 1st class tickets and a lot more relaxing than driving.
Apr 8, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★☆☆☆
Staff were nice and helpful. However train broke down TWICE and there was no food on board
Apr 5, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★☆☆
Beautiful scenery and seats very comfortable with god air con, but trip too long (45 mins late arrival in Ella) so total trip almost 7 hours. More substantial snacks ie sandwiches to purchase could be provided on board.
Apr 4, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Fantastic way to travel through the countryside. The carriage was quite luxurious with tea, A/C, bathroom and a bar on board!
Apr 1, 2019
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go
★★★★★
Great train ride, great bar service too
Mar 28, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Perfect service. The tickets were waiting at our hotel when we arrived. Good customer support with quick response to my questions.
Mar 27, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Great trip - so scenic and easy to manage. Trains were in a decent state too, albeit a bit wobbly! Tickets delivered to hotel which was very useful and meant no dramas getting to the agent / at the station.
Mar 26, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
All good is pleased booked 1st class
Mar 25, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★☆
Tickets were bought and delivered as requested.
Mar 24, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
God service
Mar 23, 2019
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways
★★★★★
Easy booking & Tickets were waiting at the hotel in arrival
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

Popular Routes in Sri Lanka

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 35,874 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,397.

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 2,397 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 35,874 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
  • 1 by charter+train from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel until 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel

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