Luxury Bus Service to Arugam Bay
At long last! The air conditioned bus service, which we last proposed back in 2007 (see article below) has become a reality.Two new purpose build coaches serve the Colombo – PottuVille (Arugam Bay) sector every day now. Departure: 21:00 daily at SLT office, Punchi Borella, nr. Maradana, Colombo10. This is near the Immigration Dept. Arrival at Arugam Bay: approx. 04:00 am Return: Departure 21:00 PottuVille Town Cente, Arrive : Back in Colombo before sunrise. Price: Rs./ 750 per journey Just for the record, here is an extract of our ideas 4 or 5 years ago: Published on: Mar 19, 2007 @ 6:33 Apart from security concerns the main problem facing the Bay is the distance from the only International Airport, Colombo. And the high cost of getting across the island. To hire a taxi, van or minibus to take you over 320km of bumpy roads today cost you even more than a flight ticket to Bangkok ($110). So far, there is no comfortable, reliable bus service connecting the Bay. Arugam.info thinks that a good, say 60 seater air conditioned, second hand Tourist Bus could be purchased for about the same price as one of the houses (nobody really wants anymore) is being put up in the back woods of the Bay, i.e. 1.4Mill. rupees (14,000$). By removing half the seats, fitting the bus out well, including a good sound and vision system and with a team of 4 drivers on rotation shifts this service could travel EVERY day: 06:00 Airport-
08:00 Colombo/Galle Face- 18:00 Arugam Bay20:00 Arugam Bay- 06:00 Airport- 08:00 Colombo/Galle Face With the new Southern Highway a motorway a stop off at Hikkaduwa should also be possible. Making this a very interesting and highly lucrative bus route linking the Nation’s capital City with the island’s two main Surf resorts. We are certain, that even locals would love to use this kind of service in future. Furthermore, Arugam.info would totally paint the Tourist bus all round with nature motives of the Bay and Yala East for three reasons:
- 1.) To promote Arugam Bay and make the resort known in the capital
- 2.) To demonstrate that regular, daily travel presents no problem
- 3.) To show checkpoints that this is a TOURIST Bus by such it will make control easier
Indeed, if the operator, drivers and conductors would be security trained: They could carry out vigilant pre-checks throughout and not allow any suspicious passenger on board. After a few runs, experience has shown that an almost free passage will follow through all the check points. The proposed fare should be around 10$/trip incl. refreshments making this a highly profitable mini business. This service would be a benefit to the entire community and promote tourism. The government route permits are no problem, as no such service exists so far.