Travelling between Colombo and Galle by Bus
Bus travel from the airport to downtown Colombo is possible via Bus 187. Just catch it outside the main terminal. It will take you to Colombo Fort.
Bus no. 2 takes you to Galle (with the sign now in English indicating the destination or part way of the destination on the bus) an air-conditioned bus. It takes around 3 hours to reach Galle.
Trips along the Southern Expressway in the luxury buses are a little more expensive each way but well worth it. The Expressway buses run every 20 minutes between 4.45am and 9.00pm 7 days a week. Bus tickets can be brought on the bus.
Bus Travel in Galle
From Galle, there are many scenic and beautiful bus day trips to enjoy all within 30 to 45 minutes from Galle. These include:
Galle to Mirissa’s main high street. Mirissa is renowned for its beach, sand and whale watching.
Galle to Weligama. The beach is long and the waves here are a good surfing spot. You can also watch the stilt fishermen who fish by standing on poles surrounded by water.
Galle to Hikkaduwa. A wide beach town has some great seafood eateries right on the beach, surfing and a few eclectic shops.