Updated Colombo to Arugam Bay Bus Times February 2019

There are now 5-6 buses running between Pottuvil and Colombo, all travelling through the night and taking about 7 hours. Two of these are luxury ac buses and the rest are regular non-ac buses. It appears that one of the non-ac private buses can be prebooked at busbooking.lk (see the comment below).

These times are taken from information provided to our Facebook page Sri Lanka Bus Routes and Timetables.

Approximate departure times (usually to within 15 minutes):

Leaving Pottuvil to Colombo

  • 7.00pm (private bus that can be prebooked at busbooking.lk).
  • 8:30pm (private luxury bus with ac).
  • 8:45pm (government bus).
  • 9:30pm (government bus).
  • 9:30pm (private luxury bus with ac that can be booked in advance for 1300LKR at the Taxi Owners Society Office in Pottuvil (opens in Google Maps)).

Leaving Colombo to Pottuvil / Arugam Bay

  • 7:30pm (two private luxury buses with ac leave from the Bismallah Lodge (opens in Google Maps) see note below).
  • 8:45pm (government bus from central bus stand).
  • 9:00pm (government bus from central bus stand).
  • 9:30pm (government bus from central bus stand).
  • 10:15pm (private bus from the private bus stand that can be prebooked at busbooking.lk).

Note: You can buy tickets for the luxury ac bus at the Bismallah Lodge in Colombo. The final destination of this bus is Akkaraipattu and there are only 10 reservable seats for Pottuvil. The Lodge is located behind the buildings on the main road. To find it enter the unmarked side road next to the pink building in the photo.

Please read this page, all comments and the page Colombo to Arugam Bay by Bus before asking a question. Thanks 🙂

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I booked the bus at Bismallah Lodge. I had to pay 300 rp extra for my luggage. Otherwise it was fine.


Better off taking the bus from Colombo fort. It Can be booked online through seat.lk. Thia is what the boys at the hostel recommended… . I found out only, first hand, that the bus from bismillah Lodge try too rip you off for putting a bag or surfboards under the bus.


what did they try to charge you for the surfboard on the bus? And, was the bus from Colombo fort AC and comfortable?

An eck

Thank you for the information. When I go to the mentioned bus website I can’t find Pottuvil or Arugam Bay as a destination.
Can you help?


Rachel tiffen

Hi there, I’m trying to book on the 7:30 pm luxury bus however the boarding stations are the Town Hall or the Ramakrishna Mission, do you know if these are the updated stops for 2018? Thank you

Kelly Halse

Hi. I’m travelling from pottivul to Colombo on the 7th August. If I go to the taxi office society… how soon in advance could I book the 930pm private a.c. do you know. And where does it leave from in pottivul?? Appreciate any help. Also i need to get from ella to arugum on 4th any ideas if the best way and bus times from mongarala to pottivul. It says one bus daily?