Bus Travel in Sri Lanka! They are cheap, fast and will drop you off close to our villa. We encourage all our guests to experience at least one bus ride while in Sri Lanka.
Depending on how brave you feel, there are three types of bus travel in Sri Lanka to choose from; the non-airconditioned 50 seater buses often red and green in colour; the airconditioned minibuses and the brand new luxury air conditioned highway buses.
By far the local buses are for the more adventurous. You’ll find horns tooting, passengers jumping on and off and colourful local passengers.
No matter what you end up choosing, all buses start and end at the major bus depot in Galle which was built in 2011.It’s three storied with a roof top that can also be used as a safe area in case of another tsunami.
From this depot it is possible to travel as far north as Tissa and as far South as Hambantota.
Travelling between Colombo and Galle by Bus
Bus travel from the airport to downtown Colombo is possible via Bus 187. Just catch it outside the main terminal. It will take you to Colombo Fort. Costs approx. LKR 100/person.
Bus no. 2 takes you to Galle (with the sign now in English indicating the destination or part way of the destination on the bus) and costs around Rs. 230 on an air-conditioned bus. It takes around 3 hours to reach Galle.
Trips along the Southern Expressway in the luxury buses are a little more expensive 420 rupees each way but well worth it. The Expressway buses run every 20 minutes between 4.45am and 9.00pm 7 days a week. Bus tickets can be brought on the bus.
Bus Travel in Galle
From Galle there are many scenic and beautiful bus day trips to enjoy all within 30 to 45 minutes from Galle. These include:
Galle to Mirissa’s main high street. Mirissa is renowned for its beach, sand and whale watching. The fare is just 50 -60 rupees.
Galle to Weligama. The beach is long and the waves here are a good surfing spot. You can also watch the stilt fishermen who fish by standing on poles surrounded by water.
Galle to Hikkaduwa. A wide beach town has some great seafood eateries right on the beach, surfing and a few eclectic shops.
Useful websites to research bus travel in Sri Lanka
Rome2rio, based in Melbourne, Australia, organises the world’s transport information. This is a fantastic travel search engine that returns itineraries for air, train, bus, ferry and mass transit for various locations. It is useful for planning trips between the major cities in Sri Lanka.
The Southern Provincial Road Transport Authority website enables you to enter suggested travel routes, view fares and timetables. The popular journey planner is useful for organising day trips and journeys between multiple cities.