You probably have noticed we are totally in love with Sri Lanka!
We love the wildlife we are writing about here. We admire history and composition of The Nine Arch Bridge which you can read here.
But the main reason why Sri Lanka has stolen our hearts is The rightly WORLD FAMOUS TRAIN RIDE.
KANDY TO ELLA TRAIN RIDE SRI LANKA
The most famous and most often taken train ride is from Kandy to Ella or the opposite direction.
Price KANDY TO ELLA train ticket
➴3rd class – 150 rupees (3 AUD)
➴2nd class – 250 rupees (5 AUD)
➴1st class – 1000 rupees (20 AUD)
This train ride takes around 7 hours and to be able to have an open window and possibility to sit in the open door space you need to take 2nd or 3rd class, not the first class.
Time schedule train ride KANDY TO ELLA
The train goes 3 times per day:
How to get train tickets for Kandy to Ella
You can book tickets online for a little bit higher price but you will have secure tickets. For those who don’t like planning a trip too much in advance like us, you can just show up at the train station about an hour before and just buy your tickets there. The train is gonna be crazy full no matter what.
Where is the best to sit on the train from Kandy to Ella
From Kandy to Ella try to sit on the LEFT side. From Ella to Kandy on the right side.
But if you don’t want to (or can’t) spend 7 hours on the train in Sri Lanka – and we wouldn’t blame you. Sri Lanka people are spitting on the floor ALL the time, it’s really hot, stinky and smelly, it’s overcrowded and people are always fighting for the best spot to stand or sit. Keep reading for our tip and time saver!
The best part of Kandy to Ella Sri Lanka train ride
The whole train ride is definitely beautiful and worth all the discomfort you will experience. But if you are travelling in Sri Lanka and you don’t have 7 hours to spend in the train or you just want to see the best part from this ride and the best views – we have got your back!
The most beautiful part of this whole train ride is ELLA – HAPUTALE – ELLA. This train is usually half empty, cost 25 rupees (0,5 AUD, 8 CZK) and takes around 1 hour there. In Haputale you can go for a walk, explore local markets, have lunch and you can jump on the next train to Ella.
WHERE TO STAY IN ELLA
To check the price of accommodation in Ella click here