Colombo to Kandy

Colombo to Kandy

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Colombo to Kandy Destination Reviews

Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 19, 2022
Many thx to Pavel at 12go for advising us of the holiday and that the Stef Lanka office would be closed, so we could make other arrangements to get our tickets.
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
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.
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Mar 7, 2020
Lovely relaxing train journey through besutiful scenery
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.
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.
Train #1009 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 22, 2019
Tickets arrived to hotel as promised and we really enjoyed our train ride.
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.
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.
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Dec 3, 2019
Enjoyed well!
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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 RUB 10,717 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere RUB 1,057.

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 RUB 1,057 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as RUB 10,717 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 ?

  • 15 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 05:55 Colombo Fort until 17:45 Colombo Fort

10 from Colombo to Kandy starting from 00:00 Colombo Any Hotel until 05:00 Colombo 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?


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 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

  • 98% took a train
  • 2% bought a taxi ride