Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy

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10:35
Colombo Fort
3h 17m ride in train #1019 with Sri Lanka Railways in First Class seat
4.5
13:52
Kandy
LKR 3,819 per adult
08:30
Colombo Fort
2h 40m ride in train #1015 with Sri Lanka Railways
4.3+
11:10
Kandy
From LKR 3,162 per adult
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Colombo
5h taxi ride with Stef Lanka Tours in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel
LKR 14,009 vehicle, all incl

From Colombo Fort to Kandy by train

08:30
Colombo Fort
2h 40m ride in train #1015 with Sri Lanka Railways
4.3+
11:10
Kandy
From LKR 3,162 per adult
10:35
Colombo Fort
3h 17m ride in train #1019 with Sri Lanka Railways in First Class seat
4.5
13:52
Kandy
LKR 3,819 per adult

From Colombo to Kandy by taxi

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Colombo
5h taxi ride with Stef Lanka Tours in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel
LKR 14,009 vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Kandy Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Van 8pax Any timeLKR 15,052
Ceylon Roots SUV 3pax Any timeLKR 27,616
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 15,122
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:55 - 08:47LKR 3,820
Tuktukdude Leisure van 05:00 - 17:00LKR 12,950
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 07:00 - 09:31LKR 3,820
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:30 - 11:10LKR 3,820
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 10:35 - 13:52LKR 3,820
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 15:35 - 18:06LKR 3,162
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 16:35 - 19:34LKR 3,162

Transportation from Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy destination reviews

GP
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
Watch out for the “deaf” guy scam. Looks official to guide you to the correct carriage but then want to to sign his sponsor form and give 1000 lkr
IT
Train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 2020
All went very well. Easy to book our tickets on-line. And the tickets themselves were delivered to our hotel in Colombo the day before we arrived.
YF
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Mar 7, 2020
Lovely relaxing train journey through besutiful scenery
RA
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 17, 2020
User-friendly and efficient booking service for the Viceroy II luxury train trip to Kandy. Ticket was readily accepted at Colombo Fort station without any hiccups whatsoever. Highly recommended.
JV
taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours (Stef Lanka Tours), Dec 25, 2019
Great! The driver was on time and the van was comfortable. He found us a nice clean restaurant with good bathrooms and tasty food, good to stretch our legs.
TL
Train #1009 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 22, 2019
Tickets arrived to hotel as promised and we really enjoyed our train ride.
TM
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 10, 2019
We had the whole carriage to ourselves between Colombo and Peradenya. The carriage definitely needs updating starting with a fresh coat of pain on the exterior as initially I though it was a freight car. The interior seats were very much worn out and lighting was so dim that made the whole experience quite depressing. For the price, it definitely not worth it.
TA
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 10, 2019
Perfect. Ordered online. Got notified I had secured a 1st class ticket. I paid to have the tickets delivered to hotel. They were there when I arrived.
RO
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 3, 2019
Enjoyed well!
CK
Train #1029 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 21, 2019
Train ride was beautiful and we got tickets right at the back of the carriage very back of the train very cool to see everything, massive glass windows. Worth paying for first class for the air con! Thought I’d paid for delivery to hotel but was told I hadn’t... Luckily noticed this prior to arrival as 12go had emailed and I checked with the hotel. After additional payment the Tickets were delivered prior to our arrival. All in all good service would use again
GJ
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 9, 2019
Great way to buy tickets much cheaper than everybody else will use 12Go again
AK
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Nov 8, 2019
Was good
ME
Train #1007 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 11, 2019
Perfect! I received the ticket at my hotel the day before the travel. I was able to get the first-class observation seat. The trip to Peradeniya was beautiful.
AG
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 23, 2019
Exactly what we were after, fantastic scenery
JB
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 8, 2019
Tickets were delivered to hotel as arranged. The only issues were that our reserved seats were facing backwards in the direction of travel and that we did not have a window, even after booking months in advance.
EG
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
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (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.
AS
Train #1019 First Class seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jul 26, 2019
Comfortable and on time
4.3
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How to get from Colombo to Kandy

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 27,614 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 3,162.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 12 hours to travel between Colombo and Kandy depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Kandy. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 1h 35m. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 12h 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 3,162 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 27,614 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 Kandy ?

  • 1 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 05:55 Kandy until 16:35 Kandy

1 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel until 05:00 Kandy 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

Ceylon Roots, Lakpura, Stef Lanka Tours, Tuktukdude Leisure

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

  • 100% took a train