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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.

Searching for a Hotel? Read the Ultimate Guide to Arugam Bay Accommodation 2019

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Agata

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

Agata

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

Agata

ok, thanks for your help!

Mark

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

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

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

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.