Photo by Dhammika Heenpella.
UPDATE: I took the bus, my review is here: The Southern Expressway Bus
I heard there were buses on the Southern Expressway, to Galle. Went to Maharagama at three to try and catch one but the only one available was at six. So I came home to wait. Jeebus. They should really run more buses. Like a lot more buses. There seems to be demand. I heard that the A/C gave out and they cancelled a run, only to resume it when people protested and said they’d take the bus anyways.
Thing is, I got home and I’m not sure I even booked the right bus. The fare is supposed to be Rs. 400 but they only charged me Rs. 30 for the reservation. I can’t imagine that any other bus has a three hour waiting period though. I’ve heard varying estimates of the times, that they’re once every two hours, once every 90 minutes, once an hour. From what I saw, there was at four and at six. This is from Maharagama, though I think you can get on at Kottawa.
Thing is, you can’t seem to book online or over the phone, so you’d have to physically go to Maharagama hours before you need to travel. I guess it makes sense for people commuting, but even then not really. Private bus operators have asked permission to run the route, if they can shape up the buses they should get it. Whatever’s said and done, the Southern Expressway is making money, and people are excited about. Buses are essentially for more people to benefit and get on.