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Airport to Pinnawala by bus

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Airport to Pinnawala by bus

I land at 8-30 am and heading straight to Pinnawala en route to Kandy.

I believe the bus station near the airport is a 1km walk.

Do I turn right outside the airport to get to the bus station.

When I reach the airport do I head to Rambukkana and take a three wheeler from there to the hotel?

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1. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

Hi there,

Well it's 1.5 km to right side yes. But most people would walk left to the parking lot and take a 187 or EX03 Colombo-bound bus, it stops at the bus station and does this stretch for free.

You take a Kandy-bound bus from there but explicitly ask for a bus following the Kegalle route, not the Kurunegala route; about half do so. Exit at Kegalle town or better even at the junction of Pinawala-Rambukkana road 2 km east of the town, and take tuktuk there. (Rambukkana has rather bad road connections and no long distance buses, it's the train stop for Pinawala.)

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

Thanks Erik.

I take it the road to get off the bus is the B199

How long is from the bus station 90 minutes?

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3. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

I'd say 2 hours at least, as Airport-Kandy is 3 hours in case of SLTB (red) bus and 3.30-4 hours in case of private bus. See top question on public transport for explanation of the difference ;-)

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4. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

Thanks again, what about taking a bus to Ragama and picking up a train from there?

I have plenty of time.

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5. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

Hi again,

Well depends on timing. If it's a morning train you have chances for a seat, if it's an afternoon train I bet you cannot even enter the train at all with your luggage! Also bus 187 Airport-Colombo passes Ragama but not close enough to the train station for walking I am afraid, would need a tuktuk again.

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6. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

OK one last question.

A bus to Gampaha and a train from there?

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7. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

For getting a seat exactly same story. Also bus to Gampaha means first bus 187 or EX03 to bus stand, all still looks more cumbersome to me than simply a Kegalle-Kandy bus ;-)

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8. Re: Airport to Pinnawala by bus

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