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.
The main advantage of travelling in the first class carriage not available on the south coast route, is that you can book in advance and be guaranteed a seat. However, as long as you avoid the peak commuter trains in the morning and evening, second class travel is also enjoyed by many, although you have to be prepared for some jostling on the station platform .
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):
Colombo-Kandy Intercity Train:
Our Ticket Prices for Sri Lanka Railways:
To arrange pre - booking, we have to pay a supplement to a third party. Our train ticket prices are therefore set above the basic ticket price and are as follows:
Note:The delivery charge is optional. You can also collect at the station and the procedure will be explained on your Travel Voucher.
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 entitledPre-Booking Train Tickets.
When pre - booking tickets with us please note of the following:
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:
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Tickets in a country such as Sri Lanka can be a tricky and time-consuming business as the procedures and technology are outdated.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.
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.