Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

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Trains

3h 24m First: 8:47 Last: 12:31

From LKR 2,720
1

Taxis

3h

From LKR 14,448

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Schedule

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Stef Lanka Tours Comfort Any timeLKR 13,059
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 08:47 - 12:40LKR 3,815
Sri Lanka Railways 1st Class Seat 11:10 - 14:45LKR 3,815
Sri Lanka Railways Second Class Seat 12:31 - 15:55LKR 3,158

Transportation from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Kandy to Nuwara Eliya Destination Reviews

CB
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 24, 2020
Reserved 2nd class seats which were easy to find. Comfortable seats with fan in the carriage keeping it cool. Big window to see the view. Excellent train snacks!
SS
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 20, 2020
Unfortunately, we were forced by COVID-19 restrictions to cancel our train journey. This review is based on the service that we received in purchasing the tickets only. I have scored the vehicle comfort as 4, even though we didn’t take the journey. The Sri Lankan Rail ticketing system makes purchasing advance tickets a bit of a lottery. We were apprehensive as our holiday centred on the train ride. We should not have worried, as the service and information provided by 12Go Asia was great. They answered our questions promptly and provided lots of useful advice. We will come to Sri Lanka next year and will certainly use 12Go Asia.
RM
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 8, 2020
Quite an experience and very picturesque.
TG
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Feb 22, 2020
Loved our train ride journey , highly recommend for a unique experience.
RJ
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 30, 2020
A very comfortable carriage the staff were very good and the cup of tea was a bonus.
OA
Bus Local, Browns Tours, Jan 12, 2020
I was the only passanger, so I was taken by car instead of bus. Comfortable car and very nice and safe driver. Took us there much faster then by bus!
GC
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 7, 2020
We took this train after reading it was one of the most beautiful ones and that was true! The scenery is beautiful!!! The carriage is so pretty inside, outside could use paint as it is not at all as in the photos. On the negative side the train picked us up almost one hour late, and we lost 2 more hours on the way so all in all it took almost double the time (around 6hrs). Just beware not to have flights or anything booked immediately after, just in case.
AR
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Nov 25, 2019
The Viceroy II carriage interiors were amazing. Breathtaking scenery. Must do! The external facade could do with a lick of paint and the journey would be perfect if a few snacks were served on board besides the tea and coffee.
ML
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 20, 2019
Service is great and really well organised. I booked over a month in advance, so I wrote them to check what was the status and they answered immediately and very nicely. Got tickets delivered to hotel and received a confirmation message, so that I knew they were there. Rain ride was beautiful and certainly a highlight of our trip :)
GW
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 18, 2019
I would suggest that you do not waste valuable holiday time travelling to the Colombo office. Difficult to find, heavy traffic and Colombo is not such a nice place. Pay the extra and have the tickets posted to your hotel. This is one of the best train rides you will experience. :)
RB
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 16, 2019
Really easy, great service
GJ
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Nov 12, 2019
The trip was great I will use 12Go again
ES
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Oct 17, 2019
We really appreciated that 12GoAsia sent our tickets directly to our hotel in Habarana
JB
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Sep 7, 2019
We went on train 1015 from Kandy to Nanu Oya in first class section and we enjoyed the trip immensely Train left Kandy a little late but the journey was very good and our seats organised by 12go Asia were excellent and on the right side Air conditioning was excellent and we were glad we went first class the Windows don't open but that does not matter really and ensures the carriage is cool
GF
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 31, 2019
Everything worked out really well, especially the ticket Sending to the hotel
TH
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 20, 2019
Great service, would recommend. Tickets confirmed a few days before departure and delivered to our hotel in Colombo as requested.
MM
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 20, 2019
They send the tickets to our hotel in kandy. Communication very clear and fast.
SP
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Aug 17, 2019
We reserved tickets 1 month before depature. Because of our landing time we couldnt pick up the tickets at the Office in Colombo. After getting in touch trough email the tickets were delivered to our hotel. Superb service. We had some nice seats in the reserved cabin. The non reserved cabins were so full people were hanging outside the train. Lucky us! Thx 12go asia!
KR
Train #1005 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Apr 3, 2019
Despite booking tickets 60 days before departure I still missed out on my preferred seats when they were released 30 days before travel dates. However, by paying some more I was able to get 1st class tickets, and by paying another US$10 they were delivered to my hotel. The correspondence was ok, but I had issues not receiving some emails so it was a bit nerve wracking at times. In the end it all worked out, we were pleased with our seats.
CP
Train #1015 2nd Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 28, 2019
Hard to find our seat, some doors were locked, lucky our driver helped us, once we did the trip was good.
NC
Train #1005 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Mar 5, 2019
Excellent service for 1st class reserved seats. Fantastic views, bit of a rough ride but worth the experience
PF
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 18, 2019
Very pleasant journey
WP
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 18, 2019
Wonderfull trip in a great train.
PH
Train #1015 1st Class Seat, Sri Lanka Railways, Jan 17, 2019
Good seats but it was a pain having to travel to the Colombo office to pick up the tickets and we had to wait as no-one was there,
SC
Train #Viceroy II #1007 VIP AC, ViceRoy II by 12Go (Viceroy II by 12Go), Jan 16, 2019
Felt like VIPs. A great experience.
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How to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Travelling between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya 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 35,557 if you go by taxi; to keep it budget-friendly, opt for a train which will set you back mere LKR 2,728.

How long does it take to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya?

It can take you anywhere between 1 and 4 hours to travel between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya depending on the means of transport you choose.

Taxi is the fastest way to travel between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. Taxi will bring you to your destination in 40m. Train does a much slower job and take about 3h 53m to reach Nuwara Eliya.

How much does it cost to get from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya?

Travelling between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya can be as cheap as LKR 2,728 if you opt for a Sri Lanka Railways train and as expensive as LKR 35,557 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 Nuwara Eliya ?

  • 1 from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya starting from 08:47 Nanu Oya until 12:35 Nanu Oya

1 from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya starting from 00:00 Nuwara Eliya until 00:00 Nuwara Eliya

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

What mode of transportation is the best one for my route?

Taxi

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 Nuwara Eliya

Avro Travels and Tours, Ceylon Roots, Lakpura, Stef Lanka Tours

Train

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 Nuwara Eliya?

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

  • 100% took a train