Distance Travelled: 1745 km
bus: 1365 km
Days: 30 days
Date: january 2016
Considering that the average speed of a bus or a train in Sri Lanka is around 35 km/h…to make the 1745 kilometers I spent 50 hours inside buses or trains… not easy to move in Sri Lanka, yet, super-cheap as all this trips didn’t cost more than 24€!!!
Travel by bus in Sri Lanka
Any reflection about Sri Lanka can be complete without mentioning the buses... these way of transportation is practically unavoidable on a trip around the island, where despite the reasonable railway network it show inefficient to cover the entire territory.
So the buses have the key role to connect cities, towns and villages... and it is no exaggeration to say that the bus network covers almost all the territory, which service can be slow, but are guaranteed!
There is practically a bus service linking all the main cities, and if they have a less convenient schedule, there is always the option of going first to an intermediate stop, and then take another bus to the final destination. Sometimes a 150km journey can involve three buses.
About bus Terminal in Sri Lanka
One advantage of traveling by bus in Sri Lanka is that the bus stations, are located in the city center, usually at a walking distance from the train station, as also from rooms and restaurants. The inconvenient of this is that in big cities, such as Colombo, cross the city to get to the bus station may involve one hour or more, even at off-peak hours!