The easiest way to get to Arugam Bay from Colombo is by car/van. The journey lasts about 8 hours depending on the traffic and the time of day you are travelling.
We can arrange a pick-up in Colombo for:
6- seater van from Colombo City US$ 142,-
6-seater van from Colombo Airport US$ 158,-
15- seater van from Colombo Airport US$ 189,-
We can also arrange transport (pick-up/drop off) to and from other destinations. Please inquire us for more details and costs.
Local busses from Colombo Main Bus Terminal will depart regularly every hour. The price is Rs 400 – 600. It will take 10-12 hours, depending on how many stops. There will be 1 or 2 shifts.
Direct bus, no 98, departs twice a day from Colombo to Pottuvil at 5 am and 8 pm and the journey will be around 8 – 9 hours. Price is 400 – 600 Rs.
Direct private AC bus from Colombo departs daily from Maradana Zahira College car park (opposite Maradana Train Station) at 8pm and arrives at Pottuvil Bus Station around 3.45 am. The price is Rs 1500, and if you have extra luggage they will charge you 500 extra. A tuk tuk from bus staion to Stardust will be around Rs 300.
It is necessary to book a seat beforehand. Contact number is +94711923997.
Train from Colombo Central Railway Station to Ella (9 hours) or Badulla 10 – 11 hours.
Getting from Badulla or Ella to Arugam Bay:
By private van from Badulla, 4 -5 hours. The price will be around US$ 95
By private van from Ella 3-4 hours. The price will be around US$ 80
By bus to Pottuvil, 6 hours (sometimes 1 shift) and thereafter 10 minutes tuk tuk drive to A-Bay.
Cinnamon Air has regular flights to Batticaloa with a stopover in Sigiriya for US$ 258 per person 4 times a week – Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Schedules and fares: www.cinnamonair.com/schedules-and-fares/fares.html
Online booking: www.cinnamonair.com/charter-flight-request.html
Hotline +94 112 475 475
Cinnamon Air also provides an air taxi service where you can charter a water plane to land in Arugam Bay Lagoon.
The air taxi seats maximum 8 people and the price is US$ 3360 one way.
Hotline for reservations: 0113 144244 /0113 144944