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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Hi! I can’t see the maps link above for book ac bus from Pottuvil. Also I talked with my hotel staff and told me that the day before he will book it for me, but I prefer to book it earlier and by myself. Also we went to Pottuvil bus “station” but we just could get the phone from a guy which cousin book the bus. Also more expensive than 1300LK…

Any help would be great! Thanks!


Finally the manager from our hotel booked it for us. But the 19:00 as he said that there were no more buses today and at a price of 1500…
Do you know where does the bus stop?i was said that in front of commercial bank, but just want to be sure,


The AC is the only luxury thing in this bus. We took the bus from Pottuvil to colombo at 7:30 pm. The bus leaved 20 minutes earlier. The ride took about 7 hours and we thought we could sleep a little bit but this was not possible. The driver stopped every fiew minutes, the light was on nearly the whole ride. And the worst thing: loud sri lankan music the whole 7 hours. We had 4 military check-points where everyone had to leave the bus with the luggage. Tourists could stay in the bus but it was completely weird. We… Read more »


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?