South Coast to Arugam Bay by Bus


There is a direct bus from Matara to Kalmunai which stops in Pottuvil leaving daily at 11:50am. This should give you time to take an early bus from any south coast origin such as Hikkaduwa, Galle, Unawatuna, Mirissa or Weligama and arrive at Matara before it leaves. The bus travels through Tangalle so you can get on there but a seat may not be guaranteed. After arriving in Pottuvil take a tuk tuk to Arugam Bay or wait for a bus to Panama.


Other Departures

If you want to leave Matara earlier or later you can take a more regular bus to Monaragala and then change on to the Panama bus which stops in Arugam Bay. See the page Colombo to Arugam Bay by Bus for more info on arriving by bus.

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    1. Admin

      Hi Dave, it should take about 6 hours plus or minus 30 minutes. Let me know how it goes if you take the journey. Enjoy Abay!

    1. Admin

      No, I’m afraid not. Currently there are no ac buses running to or from Arugam Bay.

  1. Alex

    Yesterday I made the trip from weligama to Matara. You take the bus from weligama bus station to Matara (1 hour 50LKR/person) and the bus from Matara to Kalmunai that stops in Pottuvil, so from Matara to Pottuvil it takes around 7 hours because it stops everywhere and the price is around 350lkr/person with the bagpack

  2. Diederik

    Hi there travelers, does Anybody know if you can take a surfboard on the bus?
    Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. Mario

      I was in Sri Lanka last year and there was no room on buses for surfboards. Not even room for bags! The driver sometimes let you put the bag next to him at the front.

  3. Nat


    Is the 11:50am bus from Matara bus stand to Pottuvil a special bus I need to locate or is it one of the normal Sri Lankan buses at the bus stand?


  4. Kerri

    Do they let you have surfboards on the matara to kalmunai bus ?

    1. Admin

      Hey Kerri, there is a storage area in the back of the bus accessed from the outside. If you search for pictures of Sri Lankan buses you will see it. However, not all buses have this and sometimes it is full already. So, its never guaranteed. Let us know if you try and succeed!

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