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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lakpura, 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.
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.
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