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Arugam Bay to Colombo by Bus

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

Akkaraipattu to Colombo by Bus

There is now 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 is a direct bus to Matara which leaves from Pottuvil at 6am. 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 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

If your destination is Batticaloa there is a direct bus at 6am from Pottuvil. After this there are regular departures, every 30 minutes or so, to the north. If there is not a direct bus then you can route through Akkaraipattu or Kalmunai. From Batticaloa there are regular express buses to Trincomalee.

Leaving Arugam Bay by Bus

There are mutiple buses leaving to Monaragala directly from Arugam Bay (no need to go to Pottuvil); these are 6am, 6.30am, 7am, 8am, 9am and 11am. There are buses leaving after 11am but less frequently as most people make an early start. 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 below to find your nearest stop.

Bus Stop Map Leaving Arugam Bay

Taxi Options

If you don’t want to catch the bus you might consider a taxi share or if you need a taxi why not request a quote from all of the local operators.


  1. Agathe

    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

    1. Admin

      Hey Agathe, the schedule should be good but understand that buses do not always run on time in Sri Lanka! Let us know how it goes, good luck!

  2. Markus

    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

    1. Admin

      Hi Markus, the bus will stop at any of the stops in Arugam Bay, but I recommend being in sight of the driver and waving as it will be dark. All tuk tuk drivers will tell you the bus does not stop, just ignore them!

      1. Markus

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

  3. Cecily


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

    1. Admin

      HI Cecily, first you can take any of the buses from Arugam Bay to Monaragala as described above. At Monaragala, ask at the bus station for the next departure to Ella. There will be two options; a direct bus to Ella or a bus to Wellawaya. From Wellawaya take another bus to Ella.

  4. Andrea Sellers

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

    1. Admin

      Hi Andrea, the best way is always an ac taxi! But if you want to take the bus you can go direct on the 6am from Pottuvil to Matara (this follows the coast from Tangalle to Matara so jump off when you reach north of Hirikitiya and take a tuk tuk from there). If you want to go later than 6am take one of the buses to Monaragala mentioned above and from there another to Matara.

      1. Pieter

        is 6am still accurate for the direct bus? 🙂

    2. Admin

      Hi Pieter, all the information on this page is still accurate as far as we know.

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