What time do air conditioned buses run from Anuradhapura to Kandy?
My parents live in Anuradhapura and I live in Kandy, and I make this trip up and down at least once a month.
The earliest Intercity from A/pura to Kandy is at 4.30-5PM from A/pura. Reaches Kandy at about 7.30AM, depends on the traffic.
The last bus departs at 7.30PM, reaches Kandy at 9.30-10PM but you will not find any other buses in A6 road (Kandy to Mahiyangana road which has many tourist hotels), Three-wheelers are available but expect to pay a slightly higher price. For A1 (Kandy to Colombo), you will find a bus even at the mid-night.
Kandy to A/pura buses are available every 30 mins from 6.30 AM to 6.45 PM.
You can call +94252225257 (A/pura bus depot) and ask them if they have buses available. The manager there is my ex's father by the way.
Also, there are 2 routes in between A/pura and Kandy. 42 and 43. A/C buses are only available in 43 because the 42 is a little bumpy road near A/pura. Buses in 42 route, IMO, are very uncomfortable compared to 43's.
BTW, If you are coming to Kandy, I'd be more than happy to meet you (a dinner from my treat may be :) ?)
A local told me that the private air conditioned buses run every 15 minutes during the day. So there is no published schedule as far as I could see.