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Arugam Bay to Colombo by Bus

For the latest direct bus times from Arugam Bay or Pottuvil to Colombo see Latest News.

Akkaraipattu to Colombo by Bus

There is a luxury ac bus leaving from Akkaraipattu 50km north of Arugam Bay which can be reserved. For more information see this page.

Arugam Bay to the South Coast by Bus

For destinations on the south coast there are direct buses to Matara which leave from Pottuvil at 6am and 7am. If you want to go later then it will be necessary to take a bus to Monaragala and then change for south coast destinations such as Tissamaharama, Yala, Tangalle, Matara, Weligama, Mirissa, Galle and Hikkaduwa. There are regular departures on this route from Monaragala, both private and government services.

Arugam Bay to Batticaloa or Trincomalee by Bus

For destination Batticaloa there are direct buses from Pottuvil at 6am, 8am, 9:30am, 12pm, 4pm and 6.30pm. However, outside of these times there are regular departures, every 30 minutes or so, to the north routing via Akkaraipattu or Kalmunai. From Batticaloa there are regular express buses to Trincomalee. There is a direct night bus from Pottuvil to Trincomalee at 12:30am leaving from the roundabout.

Arugam Bay to Kandy

There is a night bus to Kandy that leaves Pottuvil at 8:30pm and arrives around 4:30am. If you want to travel by day you need to take one of the buses to Monaragala as detailed below and then change for Kandy.

Leaving Arugam Bay by Bus

There are mutiple buses going from Panama to Monaragala which pass through Arugam Bay (no need to go to Pottuvil); these are 5:45am, 7.30am, 8:45am and 11:15am. There is also a bus leaving from Pottuvil to Monaragala at 5:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm and 5pm. From Monaragala there are regular direct services to Colombo and most other parts of the island including Ella. See the bus stop map for leaving Arugam Bay to find your nearest stop.

Bus Stop Map Leaving Arugam Bay

Taxi Options

There are two options to find a taxi: request a quote on this site and support the local Arugam Bay taxi operators or go to our other site srilankacaranddriverhire.com and request a quote from all national taxi operators.

If you want to share a taxi try srilankataxishare.com or their Facebook group.

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Your comment on bus from arugam Bay to monaragala : Is it still true?
Cause we Will leave AB tmrw and we want to ne sure about the bus stop and the Schedule.
Thank you


Hi, we’ll be leaving arugam bay tomorrow at 6.30pm with the bus 98 to udawalawe. The booking confirmation says the bus stops in arugam bay. Does he really do or should we go to pottuvil to be safe.
Thank you, Markus


We’re on the bus 🙂 thank you so much for your help !



We want to leave Arugam Bay tomorrow and catch a bus to Ella. I am struggling to find the best way. Thanks


Hello, is the timetable still up to date? We want to go from Arugam Bay to Ella. Would be great if we could catch a Bus here without going to Pottuvil.

Thanks! 🙂

Andrea Sellers

Hi, we want to leave arugam bay tomorrow and travel to Hirikitiya – what is the best way?


is 6am still accurate for the direct bus? 🙂


Hi! I’d like to go form arugam bay to ella this sunday… Do you think the time table would be the same? So bus at 5:45 or 7:30 to monaragala… No private direct bus?!