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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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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

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?


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


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 !