There have been many developments in the taxi situation between Colombo and Arugam Bay already this year. As there are now several luxury bus options available to travellers, the taxi price has fallen as a result.
Also due to an increase in taxi sharing on sites such as srilankataxishare.com travellers are now organising their own shared taxis more than ever before. The result is huge savings and even lower prices due to a decrease in the overall number of vans required.
The map above shows the fastest routing which is the same as the bus. It will take about 8 hours by day and 6-7 by night. Detours to Kandy and the Hill Country including Ella will add 1-2 hours on the journey depending on the traffic and time of day.
It is now possible to book ac minivans for a price as low as 14,000LKR by dealing directly with drivers and avoiding the usual commissions on websites such as srilankacaranddriverhire.com. However, expect this price to increase as we move into peak season in Arugam Bay in August.
Sri Lanka Taxi Driver Offers
Another part of the Sri Lanka Taxi Share website is Driver Offers which gives taxi drivers the opportunity to advertise empty seats and empty vans going to a pick-up or coming back from a drop-off. It is now normal to find spare taxi seats between Colombo and Arugam Bay for between 2000 and 5000LKR.
Things are changing in the taxi industry in Sri Lanka. Ever increasing yearly prices have now forced people to look for ways to save money on their transfers. The days of paying inflated taxi prices seem to be moving into the distant past.