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Help for BUS timetable and routes

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Help for BUS timetable and routes

Hi All!

These days I'm planning our trip to Sri Lanka (we are two!). We'll use BUS.

I would like to understand how to be self-sufficient in using the local BUS. I looked here http://www.ntc.gov.lk/ and I found this PDF: http://www.ntc.gov.lk/pdf/2013_ENG_A4.pdf could you tell me if it is [still] reliable?

In this PDF there are the routes, but not the intermediate stations and even times. The timetable that I found here: http://www.ntc.gov.lk/sub_pgs/projects_1.html does not cover all routes.

For example I would like to leave early in the morning and go from Negombo to Pinnawala to see the elephants and then in the afternoon / evening go to Kandy. How can I do this? I read this post: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g293961-i8983-k600 ... but I did not understand too well the final choice:

- I take the first bus from Negombo to Kandy who will stop at Kegalle or Rambukkana

- I'll stop in Kegalle or Rambukkana and from there take a tuk tuk or local bus (how can I find it?) To Pinnawala

- In the evening I go to Kegalle or Rambukkana (where?) And take a bus to Kandy

Any advice is welcome!

Thanks in advance!

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1. Re: Help for BUS timetable and routes

I believe the prices in your 2nd link have increased slightly. Your last link seems out of place.

You will hardly find timetables online.

Hans

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2. Re: Help for BUS timetable and routes

Agree. Some more info here

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293961-c195051/Sri-L…

As for the detail question: Rambukkana is not on a main bus route but on the train line. Hence you need a bus stopping at Kegalle.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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3. Re: Help for BUS timetable and routes

i think to better idea you can use the train.

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4. Re: Help for BUS timetable and routes

Thank you very much, really appreciated.

So I can take the bus 1-1/245 or 1/245 from Negombo to Kegalle or Kandy, stop at Kegalle and from there take a bus/tuk tuk to Pinnawala. I have two more questions:

- how can I find out bus from Kegalle to Pinnawala?

- where can I take the bus from Negombo? Here: 7.206880, 79.840693 ?

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5. Re: Help for BUS timetable and routes

Hi there,

1] Bus stand Kegalle, this is where your bus from Negombo will pass by or terminate. Easy to recognise. Ask around at bus stand.

2] Can't interpret your link. See Google maps, bus station. It's well-indicated on the map, near the railway line and St. Joseph Street about 300 m south of main station.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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6. Re: Help for BUS timetable and routes

Thank you very much!

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