Kandy to Ella

Kandy to Ella

  Oct 1, 2021, 6 trips (LKR 2,730 – LKR 0)

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5h 51m Deps: 8:47, 11:10, 12:31

From LKR 2,730
6h 27m ride in train #1005 with Sri Lanka Railways
From LKR 2,730 per adult
6h 1m ride in train #1015 with Sri Lanka Railways
From LKR 2,730 per adult
Peradeniya, Kandy
5h 51m ride in train #1007 with Sri Lanka Railways
From LKR 3,170 per adult


2h 18m

Safe travels approved by World Travel and Tourism Council
From LKR 14,720
Kandy Any Hotel
2h 18m taxi ride with Ceylon Roots
Safe travels approved by World Travel and Tourism Council
From LKR 14,720 vehicle, all incl
Kandy Any Hotel
3h 28m taxi ride with Stef Lanka Tours
From LKR 15,325 vehicle, all incl

Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 17,027
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 40,866
Ceylon Roots Van 6pax Any timeLKR 18,455
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 - 15:14LKR 3,829
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 - 17:11LKR 3,829
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 12:31 - 18:22LKR 3,170

Transportation from Kandy to Ella

Kandy to Ella Destination Reviews

Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 27, 2020
Got a great itinerary through.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 26, 2020
Brilliant service by 12go Asia. Was worried as I booked with them 3.months in advance and tickets for our journey can only be purchased 30 days before departure. I didn't need to worry as our tickets were confirmed and posted to our hotel in Kandy ahead of check-in, so they were waiting for us when we got there. We loved the train journey, the views were great and we were on a newer comfortable train. Booked 2nd class reserved seats and had no problem. The journey didn't feel too long and it wasn't hot or stuffy in our carriage. The doors were locked closed so if you want them open you have to ask the guard, just be friendly and they'll happily help you, after that he kept coming to warn us when an amazing view was coming up, or a waterfall, and also warned us when our station was coming up.
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 19, 2020
Train was over 1 hour late which meant the last hour was in darkness - suggest you warn travellers about this in future. Also, I cannot understand how you can charge 20USD for a ticket with a face value of 7 USD?
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 19, 2020
We were very pleased to have our tickets delivered to our hotel to be picked up on our arrival. Booking on line was easy and most impressed with the service.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 18, 2020
The overall trip was not as nice as i would think it is. The nice views are only a short distance. Otherwise it smell like burning of plants/woods/rubbish and full of dust from the air. Probably i did not go on the right time. The booking with 12goasia was good though except for the part where the communication with the local travel agency in getting my train tickets deliver to my hotel. They did find me and ask for my acknowledgment whether i have received the tickets from my hotel. However, i was not in my hotel yet hence i asked them several questions on whatsapp as thats the way they contacted me but i got no reply at all. If they are busy, i will understand but there is no reply at all and a bluetick from the company. That part is abit saddening. Its not 12goasia’s fault but rather the local company. I would suggest to take the train from Nanu-Oya onwards to Ella instead of this long journey as the scenery are nicer from this stretch. As for 2nd class reserved seat if anyone is wondering, there are no A/C which is fine with me and the doors of the train will occasionally be open from time to time. Will have to depend on the guard on duty. Hope this information is useful as i was searching for this information myself. Goodluck and enjoy Sri Lanka!
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 18, 2020
Asia2go were great. I had our tickets sent to our hotel which worked a treat. My only criticism is that there is no immediate contact ie no telephone capability, one has to rely on email. We had a query and had to rely on our hotel contacting their friends for answers. This is a great feature in Sri Lanka, everybody knows somebody. We travelled 1st class which, although I wanted to downgrade for the experience, was a blessing. There was a breakdown on the track so we were stuck for two hours. Air conditioning was really welcome. Also, in 1st class the seats can be swivelled so you can always face forwards. I went into the corridor and met some lovely Sri Lankans who let me dangle my legs out the side with them. Fab experience. Chaps go up and down the train offering food and drink, samosas, chocolate, nuts, pringles etc. There’s plenty to eat. Travelling from Kandy to Ella is a long trip. The first half is spectacular. Seat numbers 29/30 are perfect!! Have a great experience.
Train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 14, 2020
The train left Peradeniya 45 minutes late and got later as other trains going back to Kandy always had priority. There were no refreshments and no food or drink seller's got on after the first station. Arrived at Ella 90 minutes late and so travelled the last hour of the journey in darkness and saw nothing. The next day I tried to get a refund at Ella station for the return ticket that I did not need. But was told I could only get a refund more than 24 hours before (it was 16 hours before). Why? They will have sold the seats again!
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Mar 13, 2020
Train was 1.5 hours late which meant we arrived to Ella in the dark and didn't see the most scenic leg of the journey
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 12, 2020
All went as planned. Excellent journey.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 10, 2020
Good, seats were comfy and fans helped to cool the carriage. Lots of space to move around the carriage!
218 customer reviews

How to get from Kandy to Ella

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 40,866 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,730.

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

It can take you anywhere between 3 and 7 hours to travel between Kandy and Ella depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Kandy and Ella. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 2h 18m. Train does a much slower job and take about 6h 27m to reach Ella.

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

Travelling between Kandy and Ella can be as cheap as LKR 2,730 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 40,866 if you buy a Avro Travels and Tours 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 Kandy and Ella ?

  • 1 by flight+taxi from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Mattala Airport until 00:00 Mattala Airport
  • 1 from Kandy to Ella starting from 08:47 Ella until 12:31 Ella

1 from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Ella until 00:00 Ella

Check above for a bus, train, flight and ferry timetable from Kandy to Ella.

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 Kandy and Ella

Avro Travels and Tours, 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 Kandy 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

  • 94% took a train
  • 6% bought a taxi ride