Sri Lanka Train Kandy to Ella: One of the World’s Most Beautiful Train Rides

Sri Lanka Train Kandy to Ella: One of the World’s Most Beautiful Train Rides

The Sri Lanka train ride from Kandy and Ella has been mentioned as one of the most beautiful train routes in the world. Riding through the tea plantations, seeing endless mountain views and waving kids along the train tracks feels magical. It can be hard to get on this train since it’s not only popular among tourists but also locals. Locals that are just heading to their work or homes.

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Sri Lanka Train from Kandy to Ella

The train ride from Kandy to Ella is a very popular route. The full ride takes about 6-7 hours and it’s a 100% worth the journey. A ticket from Kandy to Ella will cost you around $2,50 / 400 LKR. At each train station, the train cabins get filled with sellers of drinks, fresh fruit, and salty or spicy peanuts.

Important tip! Make sure to get the morning train. You don’t want to be riding through those tea plantations when it’s already dark outside.

Nuwara Eliya is in between the Kandy to Ella route and also a popular stop, it’s called Little England and you really should find out why.

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Sri Lanka train door blue

Sri Lanka Train ticket classes

Try to buy your tickets in advance at the train station. It can get very crowded, especially on the weekends. There are limited seats available so it’s possible you get a ‘sorry sold out’ as an answer. We recommend you always try and buy a 3rd or 2nd class ticket if you would like to have to experience hanging out the train’s door.

Sri Lanka train 2nd class window

First class: First class comes with air conditioning, which is nice. But that also means no open window or doors where you can hang out to get that cool shot.

Second class: No air conditioning but fans. But also windows you can open up and doors where you can sit at. We had reserved seats between Kandy and Nuwara Eliya but we and up spending most of the time in front of the open doors. Of course, this is not the most comfortable but from here you’ll have the most incredible view.

Third class: We don’t know much about third class but it has been told us this is quite an experience. Not only people but also goods such as chickens and vegetables will be transported in the 3rd class.

Train ticket price

Train timetables and ticket prices can be found on the Sri Lanka Government Railway Information website. As we before, a ticket from Kandy to Ella will cost you around $2,50 / 400 LKR.

Buy Kandy to Ella Train Ticket in advance

If you want to buy a ticket in advance then head over to ExpoRail or contact a Sri Lanka tour company so they can arrange it for you.

Sri Lanka train station Kandy

Kandy to Ella

Don’t miss any of the highlights on this Sri Lanka train ride. Make sure to get off at the right location.

  1. Visit the beautiful botanical gardens in Kandy.
  2. Walk over the 30-meter high Nine Arch bridge in Ella.
  3. See the impressive tea fields of Nuwara Eliya.

Sri Lanka train Kandy to Ella

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