Other airlines offering direct flights include Emirates and Gulf Air
(The Pettah Bus Stand is the main Bus Stand in Colombo)
• Cost: 550 RS (plus luggage)
• Journey time: Approx 09 Hours
• Comfort: Quite a stressful journey – but very cheap!
This is certainly the cheapest way to get from Colombo to Arugam Bay
If you are in Colombo already, call us and we will arrange for a taxi to collect you from your hotel.
The taxi will be a small minibus, so a party of four people with luggage (and surfboards) can be accomodated comfortably.
The cost of a one way journey by private taxi from Colombo itself to Arugam Bay is US$ 157. From the airport (slightly further) the charge is US$ 167.
The journey will take 7 or 8 hours
If you are not in a great hurry you should certainly consider this, as it is one of the world’s great railway journeys, mostly high in the mountains, with spectacular views most of the time.
The train leaves Colombo for Badulla, via Kandy at 05.55 AM every weekday morning – you should confirm the time and if possible book or buy your ticket in advance.
You can either travel all the way to Badulla, or leave the train at Ella or Haputale (both high in the hill country). You will arrive in the late afternoon, so should stay overnight where you leave the train, and then travel onward to Pottuvil the following morning.
The fare will be about 120 RS (second class) or 350 RS (first class – observation car)