Kandy to Ella

Kandy to Ella

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Kandy to Ella Destination Reviews

Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 21, 2022
The hardest bit was finding the 12go office in Colombo to collect the ticket - it's on the inside of the building (as it says)! Otherwise all straightforward and the journey lived up to the hype
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 13, 2022
Loved it! Great scenery and the journey didn’t feel like 6 hours. We were in 1st class as second class reserved had sold out, however we spent most of the journey by the open doors!
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 2, 2022
I am very pleased with the service of 12go. .it was very easy to order my train tickets on the website. I was kept very well informed during of the progress and the tickets were delivered to my hotel on my arrival. I would definitely use 12go again and recommend you to other travelers.
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 28, 2021
We had a great trip to Sigiryia and Dambulla. Our driver was very helpful and friendly.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 27, 2021
Tickets arrived to the hotel as promised, worked a charm!
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 23, 2021
We were provided with the wrong time of train which affected our plans. I requested that we sit on one side of the train but this did not happen.
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Dec 14, 2021
Picked up the tickets from Colombo with no problems. I would especially recommend booking tickets from Kandy to Ella when things get busier in Sri Lanka, no getting up early to get to the train station to book tickets.
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?
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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 RUB 11,598 if you go by flight+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 Kandy to Ella?

It can take you anywhere between 2 and 10 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 9h 54m to reach Ella.

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

Travelling between Kandy and Ella can be as cheap as RUB 1,057 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as RUB 11,598 if you buy a Lakpura flight+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 ?

  • 6 from Kandy to Ella starting from 03:30 Kandy until 12:25 Peradeniya
  • 0 by flight+taxi from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Mattala Airport until 00:00 Mattala Airport

6 from Kandy to Ella starting from 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel until 00:00 Kandy Any Hotel

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

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

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