Kandy to Ella

Kandy to Ella

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6h 27m ride in train #1005
Refundable Fastest
Kandy Any Hotel
3h 45m taxi ride

From Kandy to Ella by train

6h 27m ride in train #1005

From Kandy Any Hotel to Ella by taxi

Refundable Fastest
Kandy Any Hotel
3h 45m taxi ride

Kandy to Ella Schedule

Kandy to Ella Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 16,121
Avro Travels and Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 34,587
Lakpura Comfort Any timeLKR 23,067
Viceroy II by 12Go VIP AC 12:35 - 18:27LKR 6,793

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, 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!
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Mar 9, 2020
Unfortunately our seats were booked twice, so we had only two seats left for us. The friendly guy in the train told us that we will get the price for one seat back. That would be great. Thanks!
train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 2, 2020
Tickets were purchased correctly and delivered to my hotel on time. Thank you.
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Feb 29, 2020
Everything was 100% good service. Tickets ready for us too pick up from hotel. Train ride was fantastic. All in all good service by yourselves.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 27, 2020
Great trip. Tickets perfect
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 22, 2020
Viceroy II is a great heritage luxury train carriage, a fun way to travel through Sri Lanka. The scenery from Kandy to Ella is spectacular and well worth the trip. Our favourite part of the journey was actually going into the other carriages where we could experience the “real” Sri Lanka train and benefit from the open windows and doors for the breeze and photos (Viceroy II has small sealed windows with AC)... if we did it again we would just buy a normal 2nd class ticket. But ViceroyII does exactly what is promised. Oh we were an hour late too... but who cares!
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 21, 2020
The train was late and got later, such that the last hour was in darkness. The exterior of the coach was shabby to say the least and appears to be under renovation. Unfortunately the windows are ridiculously small so if you are on the "wrong side" of the carriage your view is negligible. We got off and joined the main train in second class and had a far better view all around! If you want to sit in comfort and chat without concern for the beautiful scenery then perfect! However, if you want to appreciate the wonderful landscapes then book the "cheap seats"!
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 6, 2020
The train was very late arriving at Peradenya and got later and later so the part of the journey which was important to us was in the dark - we saw nothing of the wonderful scenery we had heard so much about and eventually arrived at Ella 4 hours late at 10.30 pm. The driver had waited for hours for us to arrive and, when we arrived at our Hotel, it was too late for Dinner, which had been booked. All in all, a very disappointing and disastrous trip.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 6, 2020
The train was very late so missed the best views between Nuwara Eliya and Ella. Carriage very old and uncomfortable. Staff and service were very good. Toilet was clean.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Feb 4, 2020
Train was deleted and we arrived very late when was dark and I could’t see nice view
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 28, 2020
A train up ahead broke down and had to be retrieved with a new locomotive. The staff handled that situation excellently. We had to change the train set two hours from the destination but we got the same class we paid for. It’s an great way to travel, full service as well. Even a place where you can smoke during the ride!
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 25, 2020
Awesome trip. Let you switch carts to take more photos ????????
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 23, 2020
Unfortunately the viceroy carriage had needed to be sent for repairs but the replacement was extremely good and the trip was one of our highlights. The staff were very helpful and pointed out places of interest. Refunds were processed effectively. I would book again.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Jan 21, 2020
The train arrived to ella 1,5 hours late which made us make the most beautiful part of the ride in completely darkness
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 31, 2019
Food options were limited. Also the unexpected delay didn't allow us to enjoy the view during the evening-night time.
taxi Van 8pax, Stef Lanka Tours, Dec 30, 2019
Our driver was super helpful and the van was clean and comfortable. The driver recommended a couple of spots for overview photos and even a visit to a tea plantation which we really enjoyed. It was a long drive along winding roads and he was very careful and a good, safe driver.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 26, 2019
We took the VIP carriage as they were the last tickets available to pre-book. The guy who worked in the carriage was very accommodating and the train itself was definitely better quality than the regular trains and very comfortable. Lunch is not included in the price so bring snacks if you don’t want to pay a premium for what is available on board. We were quite happy with beer, coffee and potato chips though. We arrived 1 hour later but that’s to be expected.
taxi Comfort, Stef Lanka Tours, Dec 22, 2019
Vijitha is an amazing driver and a lovely guy. He was very accommodating and patient, and made the best of a very testing journey with pouring rain and landslides. I would recommend him to anyone travelling to Sri Lanka.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 21, 2019
Nice trip with good service
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 21, 2019
Good train trip! Comfortable chairs, toilet and possibility to order something to drink. Not much snacks to chose from, i would recommend to pre-order lunch. Great way to travel with our 2,5 year old!
Bus Local, Browns Tours, Dec 19, 2019
Excellent driver
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 19, 2019
We were expecting a little more luxury from the Viceroy II carriage and more than one cup of tea for the entirety of the journey. We had to pay for our 2nd cup of tea, which given the cost of the ticket we expected to be complimentary. However, it was a scenic journey and we're glad we had the experience.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 17, 2019
train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 15, 2019
Very beautiful train ride! But after speaking to some locals we decided to get in at halfway instead of Kandy to Elle. So we reduced the trip from 6 to 3 hrs which was perfect for us. Booking process was very easy. We got the tickets posted to our hotel at a fee but they texted to make sure we got the tickets which was good. You pay a bit more than locals but very happy to do that for the convenience of it!
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 14, 2019
Cabin looks very tired and dusty..... we had to change train as there was a landslide.... Viceroy 11 passengers including my family had no seats in 1st Class as all other passengers from other carriage had occupied in the new train ..... was total chaos and badly organised by JF Tours who runs the Viceroy 11.
train #1007 Observation class, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 14, 2019
Amazing view. Bring your own drink and food. There were no cafeteria on the train.
train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go, Dec 13, 2019
The scenery was amazing and the staff were extremely helpful and pleasant.
218 customer reviews

How to get from Kandy to Ella

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

The most expensive ticket will cost you LKR 34,465 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,996.

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

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 7 hours to travel between Kandy and Ella depending on the means of transport you choose.

Flight+taxi is the fastest way to travel between Kandy and Ella. Flight+taxi will bring you to your destination in 2h. 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 2,996 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 34,465 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 ?

  • 2 by taxi+flight from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel until 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel
  • 1 by flight+taxi from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Mattala Rajapaksa Airport until 00:00 Mattala Rajapaksa Airport
  • 1 from Kandy to Ella starting from 08:47 Ella until 12:35 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, 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

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