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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 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 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 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 going from Panama to Monaragala which pass through Arugam Bay (no need to go to Pottuvil); these are 5:45am, 7.30am and 8:45am. There is also a bus leaving from Pottuvil to Monaragala at 12pm. 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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39 Comments on "Leaving Here"


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?


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?



Can I take a surfboard on the bus?


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.