Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy

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From Colombo Fort to Kandy by train

eTicket Refundable Cheapest
09:45
Colombo Fort
2h 46m ride in train #Viceroy II #1007, VIP AC
4.8
12:31
Peradeniya, Kandy
LKR 5,193
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From Colombo Any Hotel to Kandy by Taxi

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Colombo Any Hotel
3h 30m taxi ride in Comfort
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Peradeniya, Kandy
LKR 12,628 vehicle, all incl
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Colombo Any Hotel
3h 30m taxi ride in Van 8pax
5
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Peradeniya, Kandy
LKR 13,562 vehicle, all incl
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Colombo Any Hotel
5h taxi ride in Van 8pax
5
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Kandy Any Hotel
LKR 14,013 vehicle, all incl

From Bandaranaike Airport to Kandy by Flight and Taxi

Instant Refundable Fastest
00:00
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
1h 20m journey in Flight+Taxi. All connections guaranteed
01:20
Kandy
LKR 12,242
Instant Refundable Fastest
00:00
CMB Bandaranaike Airport, Western Province
1h 20m journey in Flight+Taxi. All connections guaranteed
01:20
Kandy
LKR 13,670

From Colombo to Kandy by Taxi

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Colombo
5h taxi ride in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel
LKR 13,045 vehicle, all incl
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Colombo
1h 35m taxi ride in Comfort
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Kandy
LKR 13,670 vehicle, all incl
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Colombo
1h 35m taxi ride in Comfort
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Kandy Any Hotel
LKR 14,078 vehicle, all incl
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Colombo
1h 35m taxi ride in Minivan 4pax
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Kandy
LKR 15,098 vehicle, all incl

Colombo to Kandy Schedule

Colombo to Kandy Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 12,242
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 13,045
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 05:55 - 08:47LKR 3,556
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 07:00 - 09:31LKR 3,556
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:30 - 11:10LKR 3,556
Viceroy II by 12Go VIP AC 09:45 - 12:31LKR 5,194
Sri Lanka Railways First Class seat 10:35 - 13:52LKR 3,556
Sri Lanka Railways Observation class 15:35 - 18:06LKR 3,556

Transportation from Colombo to Kandy

How to get from Colombo to Kandy

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 16,935 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,944.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 5 hours to travel between Colombo and Kandy depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight+taxi is the fastest way to travel between Colombo and Kandy. Flight+taxi will bring you to your destination in 1h 20m. Taxi does a much slower job and take about 5h 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 2,944 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 16,935 if you buy a Lakpura 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 ?

  • 10 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 05:55 Colombo Fort until 15:35 Colombo Fort
  • 3 by flight+taxi from Colombo to Kandy starting from 00:00 Bandaranaike Airport until 00:00 Bandaranaike Airport
  • 1 by taxi+van from Colombo to Kandy starting from 05:00 Colombo Any Hotel until 05:00 Colombo Any Hotel
  • 1 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 06:00 Colombo until 06:00 Colombo

7 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 00:00 Colombo until 00:00 Colombo

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

Lakpura, 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.

Van

Vans are a great alternative - or, in many cases - your only option - if you need to travel overland within one and the same province or neighbouring provinces or states. Vans ply the roads between Colombo and Kandy, too.

Things to remember: When travelling by van with huge luggage buying a separate seat for your suitcase or backpack is a good idea. Do not expect there is a roomy luggage compartment in a van - there is actually none and your fellow passengers are unlikely to appreciate your luggage stuck under their feet, alas.

Companies operating vans between Colombo and Kandy

Tuktukdude Leisure

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

  • 99% took a train
  • 1% bought a taxi ride