From:
Maharagama
to:
Galle Central Bus Station

The EX001 is the best bus from Colombo to Galle, travelling between the Colombo Maharagama Bus Station and Galle Central Bus Station, as it travels along the Southern Expressway.

Busses run from 5am every 20 minutes daily with the last bus leaving Galle for Colombo at 20:40pm.

One way Rs420/-

Tickets can be bought from the conductor on the bus, so no need to purchase in advance.

You can call 1919 for more information.

Maharagama bus station is to the South East of Colombo City Centre, to get there from the centre of town you can take the 112 and the 138 bus

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42 Responses to “EX001”

  1. Vanusha

    Hi Is this bus go through the highway road?

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  2. Manish

    How long is the bus ride?

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  3. kavishka hirantha

    Where the bus station,time,how long to go ?

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    • adminbaz

      The bus station is in Maharagama, it takes about an hour to get to Galle, and the busses leave every 30 mins or less.

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  4. Laeti

    Hello
    do you have night bus going to Hikkaduwa beach !?
    Arriving on 25th

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    • adminbaz

      You should be able to get a bus heading south from the fort bus station or hail one down along the Galle Road, such as the No.32. If you’re coming from the airport you can get the airport express bus to the Fort bus station and then get another bus from there.

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  5. Laura

    Hi, I’m interested in this route, but I don’t know how to get Maharagama from the Internation Airport. Thanks!!!

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    • adminbaz

      There is also an Airport Express bus, the 187 E, that will take you to the Fort bus station in Colombo. From there you can either take a tuk-tuk (which will cost around Rs800/- if you use a meter tuk) or you can take a number of busses, including the 113 and the 138.

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      • Laura

        Thanks!!!

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      • Felix

        which transport i should take best from international airport directly to maharagama bus station: tuktuk or a taxi (which taxi?)…thank you in advance

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        • adminbaz

          There are a number of Taxi options, including UBER here in SL. I saw that SONIT TAXI’s are offering Rs1600 Airport Pickup, which is pretty good value. Their number is +94 117 589 589 or http://www.sonit.lk/ (no affiliation with us…) You can use our other app faresfair.co to calculate the cost of the journey (see the link above). It’s a long way for a Tuk Tuk, and Tuks can’t use the Highway, which I highly recommend for comfort and speed!

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  6. Monika

    Hi

    Just a quick question, is the bus from fort to hikkaduwa taking the highway? And what would be the estimate travel time? Thanx

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    • adminbaz

      Hi, no, the busses from Fort take the Galle Road along the coast. I think it’s around three hour journey, depending on traffic and driver-sanity. Your other option is to take the train (or a taxi)

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    • Mari

      Another option is to take the express buss (EX001) on the highway to Galle and a local buss from Galle to Hikkaduwa, this might be faster than the buss on Galle Road (along the coast).

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  7. nir

    is there any bus to kataragama via highway

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    • adminbaz

      No, the highway currently only reaches as far as Matara. You could take the highway bus that far and then take another bus from there.

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    • BusBooking.lk

      Yes. There are buses to Kataragama, Akuressa, Hakmana, Deniyaya, Kamburugamuwa, Embilipitiya, Weeraketiya via southern expressway. Please visit http://www.BusBooking.lk if you need to reserve those online.

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  8. Buddhika

    How to go Galle from the Airport by public buses on highways…???

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  9. Ulyana

    Hi,
    Am I right that this bus goes from Galle to Colombo by the same schedule as from Colombo to Galle? And the second question: is any bus from Maharagama to Negombo?
    Thanks in advance

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    • adminbaz

      Yes, Galle to Colombo is the same schedule.
      As for Maharagama to Negombo… we’ll look into it. If you find out, please let us know so we can add the route here 🙂

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  10. Megan

    Hi, does this bus run from Galle TO Colombo leaving at 5am on this Friday the 22nd Jan? Or does it only run from Colombo to Galle?

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  11. FIZZI

    Hello,

    Any bus to Galle from Bandaranayaka Int’ Airport? How to use highway bus?

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    • adminbaz

      You have a couple of options:
      Galle to Maharagama on the EX001 bus on the highway. Then take a taxi (you can get deals for around Rs1600, but normal taxi fair is around Rs3,000 including the highway). Or you can get a taxi or tuk from Maharagama to Fort and then get the Airport Express bus to the airport.
      One other route would be to find an express bus to the END of the highway, and then book a taxi from there… but I think it will be as expensive.

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  12. Hayley

    Hi There, what time does this bus go from Galle- Colombo and where in Galle is the bus stop?

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  13. shashi

    at what time start maharagama to galle buses tomorrow morning

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  14. Gea

    Are there buses going from Galle fort to Colombo, today on 1st May?

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  15. Surath

    hey, could you tell me when is the first bus from GALLE to KADAWATHA?

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  16. Lorene

    Just followed that advise and I regret it. It might be a good option indeed BUT there were 200 people queuing to take that bus. Only Locals. So the moment you reach that place (45 min by cab from Fort) and the moment you eventually get on a bus, it can last as long as 3h, queuing in a very noisy, busy and pollution area. So one piece of advice, don’t take a bus from Maharagama unless you have some time to loose and nerves too.

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  17. Alex

    Hello Team,

    I am looking for an express bus from Colombo/Maharagama to Matara. I saw a bus named EX1-1 but I did not find it on your website.
    Do you have more information? If it is a wrong information, would you have any advice for an express bus to go to Matara?

    Thanks!

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  18. Josh

    I’ve read 99% of the comments here regarding the 101 Express bus from Colombo Maharagama Bus stop to Galle.

    Question 1: Is Maharagama Bus stop; the same as Kadawatha Expressway bus stop?

    Question 2: Airport Express bus, does this take me to Colombo Maharagama?

    Or would it be better to take a taxi from the airport the Colombo Maharagama / Kadawatha Expressway bus stop?

    We will be arriving in 2 weeks!

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    • adminbaz

      Q1 – no. The expressway has been extended as far a Kadawatha, but Maharagama is in Colombo.
      Q2 – No. the Airport express goes to the Fort bus station in the centre of Colombo. However, it is possible to get an express bus from fort. If you have a look at our ticket booking partners website busbooking.lk you’ll be able to get tickets. We haven’t got around to adding those routes yet.
      You could get a taxi direct to Maharagama, or even to one of the other highway stops, such as Kadawatha or even Kaduwela – but check on the availability of busses from those first. We’ll be adding more highway busses soon.

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  19. Monica

    Hello! Im going from Dehiwela to Indiruwa, please tell me which bus should I take.
    Thank you!
    Mónica

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  20. Ondra

    Hello, when is the last bus in direction from Maharagama to Galle?
    Thank you.

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  21. Tine

    Hi there,
    I’m searching for a bus (connection) to go:

    Airport Bandaranaike to Hambantota
    arriving Sun 6:30 pm

    Is there any Express Bus (connection)? (It seems there is no bus & train in the evening.)

    Any hint would help.
    Thank you guys!

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    • adminbaz

      At that time I think your best bet would be to spend the night in Colombo and head to Hambantota the following morning. You can get an express bus into the centre of Colombo (or take a taxi…). Then I think you’ll find an express bus at least as far as Matara from Fort, if not all the way to Hambantota. Let us know how you get on!

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  22. Tine

    To stay in Colombo is not an option as we have to be in Hambantota next morning for a friends wedding.

    Does anyone has a hint for a private shuttle? (reliable; what would be a realistic price?)

    Thank you!

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  23. Kajsa

    Hi,
    I am staying in Peradeniya and my friends here tell me there is a direct express bus (highway) from Kandy to Matara (and vice versa), but I haven’t found any information on the internet. Does anyone know if it exists and if there is a timetable available?
    Thanks!

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