With the commencement of this luxury train service, from Kandy to Colombo, it will run between Colombo and Kandy from Friday evening to Monday morning targeting the crowds visiting Kandy during the weekends. Passengers who wishes to travel on this train are required to reserve their seats in advance.
According to the schedule, the train will start its run from Colombo Fort on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 5.50 p.m. and leave Kandy at 5.50 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The fee will be Rs.500 per one way journey as all 220 seats available will be on first class. The inter-city train will stop only at Peradeniya, Ragama and Gampaha.
According to Sri Lanka Railways General Manager B.A.P.Ariyarathna this train service will be extended to other days depending on the demand for the service.
Also, Sri Lanka Railway is making arrangements for passengers to reserve their seats even one month ahead, deviating from the current reservation process that enables passengers to reserve seats only two weeks in advance.
Sri Lanka Railways is launching this new train service apart from the normal intercity train between Colombo and Kandy.