New luxury train between Kandy and Ella from today

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The Railways Department yesterday announced the operation of a luxury train between Ella and Kandy Railway Stations from today.

Railways Deputy Commercial Superintendent N.J. Indipola said it would operate on Saturdays and Sundays.

“The train compartments have been fully air conditioned and will leave Kandy at 7.40 a.m. and will arrive in Ella at 1.28 p.m. The same train will depart from Ella at 2.45 p.m. and arrive in Kandy at 8.05 p.m,” he said and added that the operation of trains Nos: 1033 and 1034 between Kandy and Colombo Fort on Saturdays and Sundays would be cancelled.

The tickets could be reserved via mobile broadband operators and from Kandy and Ella railway, he said.

Price of a Kandy-Ella ticket price will be Rs.1,250 and Kandy-Nanu Oya will be Rs.1,000. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Anja Saturday, 03 March 2018 01:23 PM

    They are highly concern about earning income despite that middle income earners are suffering that there is no enough space to go to office on the train. via DM Android App

    Kochchiya Saturday, 03 March 2018 02:16 PM

    Are you guys thinking only for tourists. Think about working class also and make their journey also comfortable and affordable. via DM Android App

    Anushka Saturday, 03 March 2018 04:22 PM

    Promoting tourism means Sri Lanka is earning money. This is a very good move.

    Citizen Saturday, 03 March 2018 03:10 PM

    Arrive Ella at 1,28 pm, very goo, don't get late to arrive at 0130 pm.

    Upali Saturday, 03 March 2018 03:12 PM

    This is a good move to promote tourism. Please make sure that the toilets are kept clean throughout the journey.

    yaka mahathaya Saturday, 03 March 2018 09:12 PM

    must uplift the standards of stations. recently there was an article on a paper about the pathetic status of the mount lavinia station. so much so for tourism

    Ceylon Saturday, 03 March 2018 10:10 PM

    Privatise ralways.privatise all businessess doing by government.government is to steal.let the people do business.government do servicess to people.free education,health,wellfare,justice,security.

    Lord Wolfstein Sunday, 04 March 2018 10:00 AM

    Hopefully there will be no free rides for railway employees. These should only get free rides in the third class.

    railway enthusiast Sunday, 04 March 2018 11:42 AM

    This decision is a brilliant commendable one.The A/C DMU which departs Colombo Fort on Fridays at 5.35 pm is put into good use catering to mainly foreign tourists travelling upto Ella during weekends. The two return journeys are making money. Earlier the return journey from Kandy to Col. Fort on Saturday morning and another almost empty trip on Sunday at 2.20 pm from Col. Fort to Kandy were utter losses. The fully loaded Train profitably returns back to Colombo fort on Monday morning by 8.30am. Good planning.

    Be Fair Sunday, 04 March 2018 02:09 PM

    What is CGR Luxury.......????????

    Dee Sunday, 04 March 2018 08:03 PM

    For those who comment on working class. As it is the season ticket is a pittance . What do they want? Free train rides? Or a comfy ac seat for the season ticket price? This country is at a stand still because of you. Want everything for free.

    SAM Monday, 05 March 2018 09:59 AM

    Its time the Bus service too do the same with more AC and seat facilities (with no foot board) on time to minimise single user car travelers.

    Kanishka Perera Tuesday, 06 March 2018 09:01 AM

    We should start this not from Kandy but from Katunayake to Colombo and all the way to Ella. Why only weekends, is it going to be parked to rust during the week??Please think of productivity!!!And I agree with the fact that this should be open for the Locals as well, after all the Locals now spend more money anywhere more than the tourists,

    Jacqueline Armitage Tuesday, 19 June 2018 11:41 AM

    Where can I find out more about this new service?


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