Travel from Colombo To Kandy By Train

Friday, January 24, 2014


Sri Lanka Railways' intercity trains are the most convenient mode of travel between Colombo and Kandy. The journey between Colombo's Fort Railway Station and Kandy Railway Station takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes each way. Several trains ply during the day from 5.50 am (Kandy to Colombo) and 7.00 am (Colombo to Kandy). Last trains are available up to 4.55 pm (Kandy to Colombo) and 5.20 pm (Colombo to Kandy). Some of these early morning and evening trains do not run daily so please see the detailed time-table later in this page. Train tickets can be purchased from the cheapest 3rd Class (180 LKR) to super luxury Expo Rail coach (1450 LKR) for a single journey. Unreserved tickets can be purchased at the Intercity Booking Counters on both the stations and advance reservation can be made for certain classes of tickets either at the reservation counters at Colombo Fort and Kandy stations or through the Mobitel Call Center (Dial 365). Internet booking is available only for First Class Expo Rail Coach (Read more about Expo Rail later in this page) at www.exporail.lk (Read more and see pictures below...)



Fare and Time-Table 
Colombo - Kandy (Correct as of August 2013)

Fare (Sri Lankan Rupees)

Expo Rail First Class Luxury Airconditioned: Rs. 1450

Rajadhani First Class Luxury Airconditioned: Rs. 1100

First Class (observation car): Rs. 500

First Class (Airconditioned): Rs. 500

Second Class: Rs. 280

Third Class: Rs. 180

Time-Table

Colombo to Kandy

07.00 am (Daily) - Intercity Express with Expo Rail Super Luxury Coach

09.00 am (Saturdau, Sunday, and Holidays only) - Intercity Express

10.35 am (Daily) - Express

3.35 pm (Daily) - Intercity Express with Rajadhani Super Luxury Coach

5.20 pm (Friday and Saturday only) - Intercity A/C Train

Kandy to Colombo

5.50 am (Saturday, Sunday, and Monday) - Intercity A/C Train

6.15 am (Daily) - Intercity Express with Rajadhani Super Luxury Coach

3.00 pm (Daily) - Intercity Express with Expo Rail Super Luxury Coach

3.30 pm (Daily) - Express

4.55 pm (Saturdau, Sunday, and Holidays only) - Intercity Express
 
Expo Rail Experience


Expo Rail Cabin Between Colombo and Kandy

Expo Rail is the most expensive travel option on this route. Its actually one single airconditioned coach attached to a regular intercity express train. The coach has 2x2 comfortable fabric upholstered chairs. There is a clean wash room attached to the cabin. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks (its not much, really) are served with unlimited tea/coffee by very courteous cabin attendants.


Meal Packet in Expo Rail Between Colombo and Kandy
 
Snacks Served in Expo Rail Coach Between Colombo and Kandy

Passengers are allowed to one bring one piece of hand baggage up to 7 KG into the cabin. Heavy luggage is kept on the racks outside the seating cabin door. As such, there is no restriction on carrying heavy luggage on Expo Rail coach but the expo rail website mentions a limit of 7 KG per passenger. They should clarify that the limit applies to bags taken into the seating cabin only. Snacks are very basic from a bakery (see picture below). Tea / coffee is served in large ceramic mugs and is good. The coach shakes a lot during the journey particualry when the train catches speed. Otherwise, it is a comfortable journey. Online booking with seat selection can be done on www.exporail.lk. Online bookings are non-refundable.







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