During past time local people referred to the train as “Anguru Kaka Wathura Bibi Duwana Yakada Yaka” (the coal-eating, water-drinking, sprinting, metal devils).There are lots of ways to see magical island and taking a scenic train is one way to experience the wide variety of landscapes on offer. In many cases it's also a great way to get from one destination to another. Sri Lankan train history commenced for transport the tea and coffee.

Most scenic and morning railway journey from Kandy to the highlands of Nuwara Eliya, Ella or Dikoya, climbing uphill up to 6,000 ft above sea level, is one of the greatest railway journeys in the Asia. The train trips take through 56 manmade tunnels. The dramatic landscape of the highlands stirs the senses as you wind past lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls.

Recently Sri Lankan rail way routs has been expand to eastern part of Sri Lanka and northern part of the island.

Expo Rail

Expo Rail owned by the Expo Lanka Group, started its rail operations in 2011 and offers a train service in collaboration with Sri Lanka Railways. Expo Rail is available from Colombo to Kandy, Badulla in the southern highlands, and Trincomalee in the North East coast and Vavuniya in the Northern Province. Expo Rail carriages (usually one carriage attached to the regular Ceylon Railways trains, offer air-conditioned comfort, reclining seats, adequate windows that allows you to take in the scenery; onboard meals; overhead compartments for luggage; and clean bathroom facilities. Expo Rail carriages are available on the following Ceylon Railway routes on a daily basis:

To - From



Colombo to Kandy :
Kandy to Colombo :
Colombo to Badulla :
Badulla to Colombo :
Colombo to Trincomalee :
Trincomalee to Colombo :

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Rajadhani Express

The Rajadhani Express is a luxury train carriage that is operated by the Blue Line Company in collaboration with the government Ceylon Railways. This service is available from Colombo to Kandy; Colombo to Badulla in the southern highlands; and Colombo to Matara in the south. The Rajadhani Express carriages are fully restored colonial period carriages with air-conditioning, wood flooring and panelling, comfortable reclining seats, and fully fitted washrooms. Other on board facilities includes meals on board, Wi-Fi internet, cable TV, and a butler service to assist you with your journey.

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The Viceroy Special

For the ultimate in luxury old world train travel you can even travel on Sri Lana’s only passenger steam train, the 75 year old Viceroy Special. The private train has two air conditioned observational saloons furnished in period style with 64 plush reclining seats and individual adjustable tables. Each saloon has an adjoining smoking lounge and modern toilet. There is a restaurant carriage complete with Edwardian ribbed fans and teak trimmed wood panelling.

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Sri Lanka Railways

The government Sri Lanka Railways network comprises nine lines radiating from Colombo, the most beautiful of which runs deep into the hills. The main line from Kandy includes stops at Hatton which is convenient for climbing Adams Peak; Nanu Oya - the nearest station to Nuwara Eliya; Ella which is ideal for hiking and active holidays; the lesser - known old British hill station of Bandarawela; and finally, the sleepy agricultural town of Badulla. This journey offers spectacular hill - country views as the train winds its way past gushing waterfalls and through neatly - clipped tea estates. There is also a useful train line for tourists travelling along the south coast from Colombo to Matara which stops in Bentota and Galle. There is also a train to Trincomalee, which travels through the Cultural Triangle, but travelling by car is preferable in terms of comfort and time. Following are the seating available:

    • Hill Country Observatory Carriage:
    There is a special first - class observatory carriage on the Colombo to Badulla hill - country train. This is the last carriage on the train which has a full window to maximise the views. Tickets need to be booked at least 14 days in advance. Note that availability can be limited during national holidays.
    1. Sri Lanka Railway train schedule:
    First class observation tickets for the following train journeys can be book with Red Dot: Red Dot does not sell tickets for other routes on Sri Lanka Railways.

    Colombo - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Badulla (locally known as the Udarata Menike Train):



CMB 0555
MB 0945
CMB 2000
BADULLA 0710(sleeper train - not recommended)



CMB 1540
CMB 1930
CMB 0515 (sleeper train - not recommended)

Colombo-Kandy Intercity Train:



CMB 0700
CMB 1535
KANDY 0930
KANDY 1805



KANDY 0610
KANDY 1500
CMB 0840
CMB 1730

2. Booking Tickets:
Booking train tickets on the governments Sri Lankan Railways can be a laborious business. We aim to provide a good service at a fair price, but it is important that you are aware of the pitfalls and limitations. Please ask for a copy of our PDF entitled Pre-Booking Train Tickets.

When pre - booking tickets with us please note of the following:
    o We can only book first class (observation-class) train tickets in advance. Second-class have to be booked on the day of travel.
    o We require full payment in advance and we try to book the tickets at the earliest opportunity i.e. 15 days before travel.
    o We will refund in full, and as a priority, if we fail to obtain tickets.
    o If the requested tickets become unavailable then if you wish second-class seats can be purchased on the day of travel by your driver.
    o Train tickets are non-refundable once successfully purchased.
    o Delivery arrangements will be stated on your Travel Voucher.
Please note that first-class train bookings are notoriously difficult to secure during the following holiday periods due to high local traffic but we will always try to secure your booking:
    - Christmas Holidays 20 December-5 January
    - Sinhala Tamil New Year 1 April-20 April
    - Summer Holidays 1 August-31 August

General Advisory

Red Dot Tours is an online travel shop for holidays in Sri Lanka which means we sell any aspect that makes up a holiday. This includes train tickets. Booking Train Tickets in a country such as Sri Lanka can be a tricky and time-consuming business as the procedures and technology are outdated. It is important that we give priority to our own holiday customers who expect and deserve high levels of service.

We are sure we are sure you will find our prices competitive and our standards high.

Passenger Safety

Travelling on the train is at your own risk. We cannot take responsibility in case of an emergency but you could get in touch with our Operations Team who will assist in any way possible. The Sri Lanka Railways carriages do not have sliding doors. Therefore please consider your safety and do not lean out of the train during the course of the journey.

Be a responsible traveller with your every step to save the future