4 June 2018

10 Reasons why you should travel Sri Lanka by local Busses

Sri Lanka

Busses In Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka Busses
In Sri Lanka most of the tourist we met along the way, preferred to use for their roundtrips and long distance transfers private car-with-driver or taxi, and three-wheelers (tuk-tuk) for short distances. For our trips we favoured using public transports. At first sight it sounded challenging and stressing but day by day, in too little time, getting around had become easy and it was absolutely a great way of experience. The trick was in leaning the directions before asking others for help. 


Sri Lanka Busses

Here for you 10 Reasons why you should travel Sri Lanka by local Busses
1.  1)Sri Lanka is well connected by bus. Bus routes covered more than 90% of the country so they could take us everywhere around.
2.   2)They are frequent, most of the time they left every ten minutes. 
3.  3)It is a place where feeling the real Sri Lankan culture: loud music, religious symbols, kind people and so on and on. People were very polite and we felt safe all the times.
4.   4)It is a kingdom for photographers; a great shot was waiting at every single corner. 
5.  5)They have a functional night services, busses were frequent also during the night time, we travelled a lot during the night.
6.  6)Traveling by bus meant, seeing the main bus-stands of the various cities which used to be the centre of the cities.
7.  7)There were so many interesting vendors selling local items that we had never seen in the touristic areas.
8.   8)It was an excellent way of orientation and memorization of places.
9.   9)Sometimes it took the same time of any private vehicle. 
10. 10)The last but the most important point is that they are extremely cheap. 


Sri Lanka Busses

Here for you few important information about the Sri Lankan busses. At this moment there are 4 main kinds of bus services in Sri Lanka:

CTB Government Busses
Sri Lanka By Bus
(Central Transport Board), long distance red coloured ones. They were fast and they were more likely to follow the timetables. They always issue receipt on board. They don’t stop everywhere, only at the designated bus stops. For this reason they were faster. They stop running around by seven pm.

Private Government Contracted Busses
Sri Lanka By Bus
white ones with tribals of any unimaginable colours; they have much more stop-overs. Sometimes they stop also to collect passengers even if the stopover is not planned. The conductor just collected the money without issuing receipts. No worries, they have a great talent to remember the ones who have already paid. They were more frequent that the CTB busses, if we are not mistaken every five minutes. Like the CTB Busses, they stop running around the seven pm.

Private Luxury and Semi Luxury Busses
Sri Lanka By Bus

 A/C and Non A/C coaches and minibuses. They have a very limited stops and a very good night services, for what they were worth for. They are little bit expensive compared to the others but in any case was an accessible amount. They don’t allow standing passengers so in case the bus was full we had to wait for the next one. They run frequently, every 15 minutes, even during the night so waiting was not boring. They give receipts. They depart from private bus-stands. Hotel managements can easily guide you there.

Express Highway Busses
Sri Lanka By Bus
they run along the highway, they have a starting point and an arriving point. Before taking the highway, if there were still any seats available they stopped along the way to pick passengers and once exited the highway they stopped to drop people especially seniors even if they were not at the final stop. Like CTB busses and Private Luxury and Semi Luxury Busses, they issue a receipt. From Colombo to Galle it took about 2 hours. We paid Rs 500.00 for this trip. They also depart from private bus-stands.



Sri Lanka Busses


Sri Lanka Busses






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  1. I would LOVE to do this. It seems like such an immersive way to see the culture, meet the people and see all the non-tourist sites.

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