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).

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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Evgeny Suslikov

I appreciate the help of this website in my journey to Arugam. I found the info about the opportunity to book a ticket to the private bus and decided to test it. Here’s my story. Booking is easy. However, it comes more expensive, if you pay online (my price from Colombo to Arugam was 620 + 100 Rp, but when I selected PayPal, it became $7.20, which is about 1000 Rp.). Not a big price for the plane travelers, however 😉 Instructions provided upon purchase are clear enough, contained the bus number and the address of the pickup point. The… Read more »



Can you please let me know what website you booked your bus ticket on?



Hi Evgeny!

Thank you for this information. How was thw luggage situation for you? We have pretty big bags. We dont really care about comfort but we want our bags to fit in the bus haha.

Thank you,



Heya was wondering did anyone have longboards on this bus? Aka my board is 8ft and am wondering if it will fit on the bus


from which Bus Stand in Colombo leaves the Privat Bus? Is it the Bastian Mawatha Bus Station?
Thanks for your help!


Does bastion mawatha have a luggage storage?

Justin Smith

Hi there, I’m looking to get back to Colombo from Aragum next Fri. What are the advantages of the private bus as apposed the government ones if there’s no a/c. Many thanks, Justin


Hi there!
I’m leaving for Arugam Bay tomorrow night. Is the government bus ride comfortable in your experience or is it the kind to leave joint pains? Is the 10.30 private bus AC?
Also, do the buses back to Colombo come all the way from Pottuvil to the Colombo bus stand? And if so what time do they reach Colombo?
Many thanks!


hello – you mentioned your not 100% sure the bus stops at the bismallah lodge, have you had any confirmation of this now? thanks