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There are 4 ways to get from Ella to Hikkaduwa by train, bus, taxi or car

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Train  •  11h 16m

  1. Take the train from Elle to Fort Station Badulla
  2. Take the train from Fort Station to Hikkaduwa Colombo

Rs. 704 - Rs. 1101

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Train, bus  •  12h 8m

  1. Take the train from Elle to Fort Station Badulla
  2. Take the bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Ambalangoda Colombo

Rs. 2154 - Rs. 2861

Taxi  •  2h 56m

  1. Take a taxi from Ella to Hikkaduwa 218.4 km

Rs. 12000 - Rs. 15000

Drive  •  2h 56m

  1. Drive from Ella to Hikkaduwa 218.4 km

Rs. 3100 - Rs. 4700

Ella to Hikkaduwa by train

The train journey time between Ella and Hikkaduwa is around 12h 17m and covers a distance of around 380 km. The fastest train normally takes 10h 39m. Operated by Sri Lanka Railways, the Ella to Hikkaduwa train service departs from Elle and arrives in Hikkaduwa. Typically 14 trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Ella to Hikkaduwa train schedules

Ella → Hikkaduwa
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Hikkaduwa is 1912.

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The social distance requirement in Hikkaduwa is 1 metre.

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Last updated: 8 May 2021
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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Ella to Hikkaduwa is to train which costs Rs. 700 - Rs. 1100 and takes 11h 16m.

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The quickest way to get from Ella to Hikkaduwa is to taxi which costs Rs. 12000 - Rs. 15000 and takes 2h 56m.

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No, there is no direct train from Ella to Hikkaduwa. However, there are services departing from Elle and arriving at Hikkaduwa via Fort Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 11h 16m.

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It is 133 km from Ella to Hikkaduwa. It is approximately 218.4 km to drive.

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The best way to get from Ella to Hikkaduwa without a car is to train which takes 11h 16m and costs Rs. 700 - Rs. 1100.

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It takes approximately 11h 16m to get from Ella to Hikkaduwa, including transfers.

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Ella to Hikkaduwa train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, depart from Elle station.

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Ella to Hikkaduwa train services, operated by Sri Lanka Railways, arrive at Hikkaduwa station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Ella to Hikkaduwa is 218 km. It takes approximately 2h 56m to drive from Ella to Hikkaduwa.

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There are 529+ hotels available in Hikkaduwa. Prices start at Rs. 17500 per night.

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Map of how to get from Ella to Hikkaduwa.
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  • Distance: 132.6 km
  • Duration: 11h 16m

What companies run services between Ella, Uva, Sri Lanka and Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka?

You can take a train from Ella to Hikkaduwa via Fort Station in around 11h 16m.

Train operators
Sri Lanka Railways
Train from Elle to Fort Station
Ave. Duration
8h 47m
4 times a day
Estimated price
Rs. 440 - Rs. 700
Book at
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 440 - Rs. 600
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 500 - Rs. 700
Train from Fort Station to Hikkaduwa
Ave. Duration
1h 29m
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
Rs. 260 - Rs. 400
Book at
3rd Class Fare
Rs. 260 - Rs. 340
2nd Class Fare
Rs. 280 - Rs. 400
Bus operators
National Transport Commission
+94 011-2587372
Bus from Colombo Bastian Mawatha Bus Terminal to Ambalangoda
Ave. Duration
2h 45m
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
Rs. 110 - Rs. 160
Schedules at
Rs. 110 - Rs. 160
Semi Lux
Rs. 140 - Rs. 180
Rs. 210 - Rs. 240
Super Lux
Rs. 362
Other operators
Taxi from Ella to Hikkaduwa
Ave. Duration
2h 56m
Estimated price
Rs. 12000 - Rs. 15000
Ella Budget Taxi
+94 77 07 89 383

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