T&T are going to start this section by saying please be very careful if taking a bus, they are very vicious on the road, and we want our community to be safe. It is of note that the bus service in Sri Lanka is one of the cheapest in the world. The main bus station is in Colombo Fort, you can go day or night and there will be a bus running. The buses will ONLY take cash but will give you change. There is a bus conductor and it is very important you make sure you get a ticket from them. Ring the bell for when you want to get off. They speak English. Insider tips are: be confident, be assertive about making sure you are going in the right direction, and it’s good to know that other passengers are very willing to help guide you. FYI, there are public and private buses, they cost the same but there are some differences. The government buses are red, and all other colors are private. Government buses go faster and have less stops. The private buses stop frequently and will often wait at stops as on a timetable. The different numbers on the buses show the routes. AC buses are more expensive, perhaps double the cost of a government bus, a little more comfortable, and you will get a seat. They come in all colours, you will spot them by the fact that all their doors and windows will be closed and, they are normally plain coloured.routemaster.lk can help your familiarize yourself with the bus routes in Sri Lanka, and you can book seats for certain bus journeys through site like busseat.lk,444.lk , and the Sri Lanka Tranceport board website.