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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.

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Niamh
2 years ago

Hi,
I am wanting to travel to kandy from arugum bay on the 8th.
Does anyone know the details for the night bus and how to book it?

Malin
2 years ago

Hi!
Do you know if you need to buy a ticket in advance for the bus from pottuvil to Batticaloa or is it possible to pay on the bus? I’ve tried to find information about the bus but it’s not that easy to find.

Agata
2 years ago

Hi, where exactly is the bus stand in Arugam Bay? I need to catch the bus to Monaragala and then to Colombo.

Agata
2 years ago
Reply to  John

ok, thanks! Is there any sign near the first stop indicating that it’s the right place to wait for the bus? 😀

Agata
2 years ago
Reply to  John

ok, thanks for your help!

Mark
2 years ago

Hey
When it comes to the night bus from Pottuvil > Kandy, do you have much other info?
Is it a Pre booked bus / price / area in Pottuvil it departs from?

VePe
2 years ago

I want to get to Batticaloa/Passikudah from Arugam Bay.
Do I have to get on the Bus in Pottuvil or are there stops in Arugam Bay aswell?
How much will ist cost?
Thanks for your help!

VePa
2 years ago
Reply to  John

Thank you for the quick response!
Will the bus Pottuvil – Batticaloa stop in Pasikudah before arriving in Batticaloa?
How frequent to the busses leave? Is there a timetable? And how long will the journey take?

Yannic
2 years ago

Hey,

We want to go from Arugam Bay to Trincomalee by the direct Night Bus. Is it running at the moment? Because we asked some locals and everybody‘s telling other things about running or not and what time it should leave Pottuvil.

Milroy
2 years ago
Reply to  Yannic

Yes there is night bus. From ambanthota to trincomalle.
You have to be in pottuvil bus stand at night 11.30 to 12 midnight bus is going through the pottuvil – batticalo- trincomalle reaching morning 4.30am

Tommy
3 years ago

Hello, we want to go to Trincomale by direct bus tomorrow (first Arugam to pottuvil by tuctuc). Which number does the bus have and what is written on the bus (start and ending destination).

Seanie Gibbs
3 years ago

Hello, we are actually currently in Panama and need to go to Matara, would we just need to go to Monaragala then to Matara? Or is there an early enough bus to get us to Pottuvil for the direct bus?

Kate
3 years ago

Hi, is the direct bus at 6am from Pottuvil to Matara still run? How much will it cost?

Olivia
3 years ago

Hello,
Thanks for all the info ! Just wanted to make sure the timetable is the same all year round ? We want to take the bus from Arugam bay to Monaragala tomorrow and everyone (at our hotel, at the nearby shop, restaurant…) tells us it’s not possible and that we have to go to Pottuvil :/
Thanks !

Lili
3 years ago

Hello,

Do you know are there any buses from Batticaloa to Polonnaruwa and what times?
Because as I understand early bus from Arugam to Bati will arrive later that train, which leaves to Polonarruwa?

Tom c
4 years ago

Hey guys, thanks for the info about this bus, was really helpful in getting us to dickwella! Just an update though, The direct bus to matara now leaves pottuvil at 630am.

Jemima
4 years ago

Hi
We are travelling from Arugam Bay to Belihuloya, could you please tell me any information on how to get there by bus. I have found a bus leaving to Wellawaya once a day and I can take a taxi from there but I am not sure on the time it leaves.
Any help would be muchly appreciated

Omar El Mekati
4 years ago

Hello people,
I was wondering how much a bus ride from arugam bay to ella would normally cost!
Thank you very much and have a great day!

Pat
4 years ago

Hey fellas,
update for your question about the bus to monaragala. Drove today from A-Bay at 8.00am (last stop) for 114Rs. So this bus is for sure. There should be one at 6.30am. I cant say anything about the last one.
Enjoy 😉

Viviana
4 years ago

Hey! We are planning to go to Tissa from Arugam Bay next week. Does the 12pm bus, which goes to Monaragala, stop in Arugam Bay aswell?
Can you buy the tickets on the bus and how much are they?

Miranda
4 years ago

Hello,
Are there any luxury buses from Arugam Bay to the south coast? We want to go from Arugam Bay to Weligama but we have surfboards that we can’t take on regular buses.

Geoff Hardman
4 years ago

Hi, we would like to take one of the direct luxury ac buses from Arugam Bay to Colombo (maybe 8.30pm). Where in Arugam Bay would we get picked up from (are the stops the same as the Monaragala stops above)? Also where in Colombo will we be dropped off. Do we reserve or just show up? Thanks

Harriet
4 years ago

What’s the best way to get to Mirissa from arugam bay. What bus number do we catch and where from? Also how many stops is there??

IR2
4 years ago

Hi,
May I know if there are buses around 3 a.m. or 5 p.m. to go to Batticaloa from Pottuvil/Arugambay? (To catch the train to Colombo, at Batticaloa Railway station )

And how long does it take to reach Batticaloa from there by bus?

Paul + Tanya
4 years ago

Hi
Looking at catching the 5:45am bus from Arugam Bay to Monaragala. Does this bus leave Panama at 5:45am or does it arrive at Arugam Bay at 5:45am?
Do you know what time the busses leave from Monaragala to Colombo?
Thanks,

Luca
4 years ago

Hi,
We want to go to Tangalle from Arugam Bay. So we red that there is a direct bus at 6 am. How long will the busride take?
What if we would like tontake a bus later (so change busses at Monaragala), how long will this busride take?
Thanks for your response.

Anthony
4 years ago

Can I take a surfboard on the bus?

Niklas
4 years ago

Hi, we want to go to Ella tomorrow. Is it faster to go to Pottuvil and catch a bus to Wellawaya there and then to Ella or should we take one of the buses to Moneragala and from there to Ella? Also, when do buses from Pottuvil to Wellawaya leave?

Thanks!

Ruth
4 years ago

Hi, we’re trying to find the most comfortable/cost effective way to get to trincomalee from arugam..is there a night bus?
Also, is it at all possible to get from arugam to sigiyria?

Andrea Sellers
4 years ago

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

Pieter
4 years ago
Reply to  John

is 6am still accurate for the direct bus? 🙂

Elisa
4 years ago
Reply to  John

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?!

Cecily
4 years ago

Hi,

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

Andi
2 years ago
Reply to  John

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! 🙂

Markus
4 years ago

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

Markus
4 years ago
Reply to  John

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

Agathe
5 years ago

Hello,
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