Colombo to Ella

Colombo to Ella

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Colombo to Ella Destination Reviews

Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 3, 2022
It was a comforting journey. We traveled from colombo fort to ella. Train started on time but we reached Ella 30 mins late
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 10, 2020
There was no cafeteria on the train. Train was delayed for more then 2 hrs to reach the destination. The price paid to the operator was 2.6 times the actual cost of the ticket.
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 5, 2019
Everything is perfect. The train staff service makes it more perfect!
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 28, 2019
Everything from booking the tickets to travelling on the train went very well. Thank you
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 11, 2019
Good and easy service. Great view, great seats.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 5, 2019
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 7, 2019
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!!!
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 8, 2019
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 Flight, train and taxi. Flight guarantees the fastest travel on this route. Train is the slowest option.

The most expensive ticket will cost you CAD 430.19 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere CAD 19.77.

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

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 11 hours to travel between Colombo and Ella depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Ella. Flight will bring you to your destination in 45m. Train does a much slower job and take about 10h 5m to reach Ella.

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

Travelling between Colombo and Ella can be as cheap as CAD 19.77 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as CAD 430.19 if you buy a Ceylon Roots 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 Ella ?

  • 8 from Colombo to Ella starting from 05:55 Colombo Fort until 22:00 Colombo Fort
  • 1 from Colombo to Ella starting from 07:25 Bandaranaike Airport until 14:30 Bandaranaike Airport
  • 0 by flight+taxi from Colombo to Ella starting from 00:00 Mattala Airport until 00:00 Mattala Airport

6 from Colombo to Ella 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 Ella.

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


Flying is the fastest and often the most expensive way to travel from Colombo to Ella, but with a bit of luck you can score very good deals for as little as CAD 52.31.

Things to remember: Note that some of the airlines may have restrictions on checked luggage weight or require paying extra for check-in, choosing seats or transportation of oversized luggage.

If opting for a flight, calculate the time you will spend getting to and from the airports as well as the waiting time before your flight, getting through immigration in case of an international flight and recovering your checked luggage.

In certain cases all these procedures can add no less than 5 hours to your total travel time.

Airlines flying between Colombo and Ella

Srilankan Airlines


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 Ella

Ceylon Roots, Stef Lanka Tours


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

  • 93% took a train
  • 7% bought a taxi ride