Travel options in Kandy

Kandy is a fairly large, commercial city with the city center being crowded with locals and visitors during most parts of the day. To travel in Kandy is in general very convenient and cheap, as you’ve got a lot of options to choose from depending on budget and preferences. The roads are well-connected making it easier to get from one place to another. Below are some of the popular options most locals use to travel in Kandy.

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Getting around Kandy

  • Private vehicle: Get behind the wheel to drive around the city but do make sure you’ve got the International Driver’s License if not you might not be allowed to rent out a vehicle. If you don’t have one, that’s fine too. Get a local guide to take you around the main attraction and also the hidden gems of Kandy. They will share some local tips and take shortcuts, saving you precious time on the road.
  • Local bus: This is a very common mode of travel in Kandy especially amongst the locals. This is mostly since it’s the cheapest way to get around the city. Most buses that go to the outskirts of the city leave from the clock tower making it very convenient for you. You can truly experience traveling like a local too by choosing the bus. Soak in the bustling atmosphere as you travel in Kandy in an open-air bus. Ask your local guide for instructions on routes and you’ll be good to go! If you prefer a more comfortable ride, you could opt for an air-conditioned bus too.
  • Railway: If you prefer the scenic route to travel to the nearby cities from Kandy, a train ride is the best option. Make sure you book the tickets in advance because the routes are popular amongst the visitors and locals alike. If you have the option, book the window seat so you can enjoy the panoramic views while traveling or choose to sit on the platform just like how the locals do.

Top day trip tours in Kandy

Incredible Day Trip to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa


€39.00 p.p.

Sacred Day Trip to Anuradhapura with a Local


€37.34 p.p.

Private Nuwara Eliya Experience: Tea, Locals & Nature



€35.00 p.p.

Additional Options to Travel in Kandy

  • Rent or ride a tuk-tuk: This has got be the most authentic Sri Lankan way to experience traveling in Kandy. The three-wheeled vehicles are in everywhere and you will not have any issues getting in one. As long as you make sure they are metered, you will have nothing to worry about. Merely travelling in one can add some thrill while getting around the city. It’s the best way to explore the narrow alleys that are not accessible in a car or van. Fancy riding one? Just let your local guide know so they can make arrangements to rent one.
  • Scooter: Another fun way to travel in Kandy is in a scooter. Let the breeze go past you as you enjoy the views of the outskirts of Kandy. You can easily meander through the narrow pathways and is a much cheaper option too. It’s a great way to explore the city.

This is what guests are saying about our hosts

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Cara Chaminda Roshan

Amazing Waterfalls Day Trip by Tuk Tuk including Lunch

The day we spend with Roshan was breathtaking! We spend our day with him and his tuktuk in the knuckels range, the most beautiful viewpoints ever. Sometimes we stopt to hike to amazing waterfalls where Roshan talked about the plants and its function: limon grass, peper, coffee, tea. No tourist, only local people what made it so special. He let us show the beauty of Sri Lanka in Kandy what nobody sees. We had an amazing swim, a lovely diner made by his wife and a amazing time. We were back so much later than expected, he didn't look at the time what was even more amazing. We will never forget this trip and our lovely host Roshan. You have to do this!!!!

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Jacqueline Deshan

Hiking Experience - Two Magical Days in Ella

We had only 2 days to get a taste of the hill country and Deshan made the very best out of our limited time, even though we booked super last minute. Wonderful views, great hiking trips, good local food and of course the tea, the trip included everything what we hoped for.
Deshan is a really likable, friendly and caring and had answers for all our questions. He took care of everything e. g. train tickets and hotel in Ella. We would definitely recommend him as a guide for your trip to Sri Lanka.
Anna & Jackie

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Ida Vishwa

Mountain Bike Adventure Outside of Kandy

Me and my husband had a great, fun and sportive morning in this mountainbike trip with Vishwa! Very good quality bikes in good shape, thick tires and a high frame (for tall people). It was a beautiful (also challenging) ride, through the mountains with spectacular views of Kandy, and through villages. Vishwa was very focussed on giving us a good time, adjusting the route to our skills and interests. He can make it an easier ride or more challenging if you wish. He brings drinks and snacks and can tell a lot about the plants, birds etc. It was a great workout and Vishwa is a wonderful guide!