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09:45
Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis
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16:15
Phnom Penh Giant Ibis
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Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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14:30
Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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15:30
Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
6h bus ride in Express
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21:30
Phnom Penh SinhTourist

From Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4 to Phnom Penh by Buses

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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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Phnom Penh Kumho
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
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Phnom Penh Kumho
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6h bus ride in Standard AC
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Phnom Penh Kumho
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
6h bus ride in Standard AC
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21:00
Phnom Penh Kumho
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Ho Chi Minh Kumho 4
8h 30m bus ride in Express
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Phnom Penh Kumho

From Ho Chi Minh Virakbuntham to Phnom Penh by Buses

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Ho Chi Minh Virakbuntham
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Phnom Penh Virak Buntham

From Ho Chi Minh Giant Ibis to Phnom Penh by Buses

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Phnom Penh Giant Ibis

From Ho Chi Minh City Sinh to Phnom Penh by Buses

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Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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Ho Chi Minh City Sinh
6h bus ride in Express
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Phnom Penh SinhTourist
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Transport types between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh Schedule

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express AC Sleeper 00:30 - 12:30VND 282k
Kumho Samco Standard AC 06:15 - 12:15VND 295k
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN385108:30 - 09:25VND 3,588k
The SinhTourist Express 08:30 - 14:30VND 272k
Kumho Samco Standard AC 10:00 - 16:00VND 295k
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN385512:20 - 13:15VND 3,434k
Qatar Airways Economy #QR97014:40 - 15:30VND 3,826k
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN92015:45 - 16:40VND 3,884k
Kumho Samco Standard AC 15:00 - 21:00VND 295k
The SinhTourist Express 15:30 - 21:30VND 272k
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K6392016:00 - 17:00VND 4,748k
Vietnam Airlines Economy #VN385319:20 - 20:15VND 3,434k

How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Wide leafy boulevards, exquisite Buddhist temples and a beautiful riverside promenade – even if Phnom Penh cannot boast a lot of large-scale tourist attractions, it possesses its own special charm. Easily one of the least developed capitals of South East Asia, Phnom Penh is changing rapidly nowadays; new Western-style shopping malls and high-rises make their way to the city, and there are even air-conditioned public buses cruising its streets. You can have a look at the darkest years of Khmer history in Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum or venture further afield to the Killing Fields of Choeung Ek. But you can choose just to enjoy Phnom Penh’s – alas! – rapidly vanishing French flavour, indulge in world-wide cuisine offered in its fancy restaurants at half the price you pay anywhere else or absorb the local colours visiting markets and people-watching. There is an abundance of worth-seeing places of interest around Phnom Penh, easily explored during a day trip, including Phinom Chisor, a stunning example of the Angkorian period temples, or Koh Dach, the Silk Island, where you can witness the process of silk weaving and buy some of the finest textiles in Cambodia. All in all, architectural wonders, busy nightlife venues and shopping opportunities galore in Phnom Penh. It may not become your favourite city in Asia, but Phnom Penh definitely deserves a closer look.

How to get from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh

Nearly every guesthouse in Ho Chi Minh and all the travel agencies in the city will be ready to sell you a ticket to almost any destination throughout South East Asia; no wonder that Ho Chi Minh–Phnom Penh route is no exception. You can get to the Cambodian capital either by plain or by bus. The former way is considerably more expensive but quicker; the latter is cheaper but takes longer.

From Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh to by bus

Giant Ibis Transport is one of the leading operators serving the route between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh. Cambodia-based bus company boasts excellent safety record and provides a level of service you could have hardly expected to get in Cambodia a couple of years ago. They provide complimentary pick-up from their partner accommodation in Ho Chi Minh (require in your hotel or guesthouse), serve snacks and water during the trip and even offer free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets for charging your gadgets on board their buses. For Ho Chi Minh–Phnom Penh route the company uses full-sized comfortable buses; tickets from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh with Giant Ibis cost USD18.

In Ho Chi Minh, Giant Ibis buses depart from their ticket office in Pham Ngu Lao Street in District 1, which lies within walking distance from many budget digs in Pham Ngu Lao–Bu Vien area.

Giant Ibis operates at least one daily bus from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh. It departs at 8.30am and gets to the destination some six hours later. The total distance between the two cities is 240 km. Travel time depends greatly on the time spent at the immigration on the Vietnamese and Cambodian sides and on ferry crossing. In certain periods there is one more bus leaving Ho Chi Minh at 12.30pm.

There is a lunch stop half the way between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh at Banyan Tree Restaurant located in the duty free zone after you have done with immigration formalities on the Vietnamese side. Note that lunch in not included into your ticket price; expect to pay USD3-4 for a dish.

In Phnom Penh buses bring their passengers to Giant Ibis bus station in 106 Street close to the night market and riverfront. You can connect to other Giant Ibis buses there and leave your luggage for a few hours to take a stroll around the city while waiting for your next bus. Tuk-tuk drivers welcome every arrival, so you will not have any problem with getting to any part of the city in case you are planning to spend some time in Phnom Penh.

From Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh by air

There are direct flights between Ho Chi Minh and Phnom Penh performed by regular and low-cost airlines. Travel time is about one hour, but it is often impossible to find tickets under USD100 – if only you do not hit a great sale period. Cambodia Angkor, Vietnam Airlines and Qatar Airways all operate direct flights from Phnom Penh to Saigon. If overland travel is not your thing, consider this option, then.

Where and when to obtain your Cambodian visa?

Before buying your ticket to Cambodia, check visa requirements for your passport. Though you can apply for VOA right at the border, it is still advisable to arrange for your visa in advance – just to be on the safe side. You can do it directly thought the Cambodian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh located in No 41 Phung Khac Khoan. Visas are processes the same day and generally there are no queues. Another option is to obtain your Cambodian visa online as E-Visas are accepted at the Svay Rieng–Bavet border crossing which the buses heading from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh use. Tourist E-Visa cost USD30 plus USD7 for processing.

Note that whatever way for obtaining your Cambodian visa you choose, if travelling with Giant Ibis buses, at the border you will be charged additional USD5 for batch processing of passengers’ passports.

Connecting to other Giant Ibis buses in Phnom Penh

From their bus station in Phnom Penh Giant Ibis Transport operate three more routes: to Sihanoukville, to Kampot and to Siem Reap.

The only destination to which you can connect travelling from Ho Chi Minh the same day is Siem Reap. In this case you need to take either morning or afternoon bus from Ho Chi Ming to Phnom Penh (USD18) and then to hop onto the night bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap (USD15). If the amazing Angkor complex is the next entry in your must-visit list, you can buy a joint ticket directly from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Reap. You will have enough time to make a brief tour of Phnom Penh before the departure of your night bus to Siem Reap.

For morning travel to Siem Reap as well as travel to Sihanoukville and Kampot from Ho Chi Minh you need to buy two separate tickets – first from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh and then from Phnom Penh to your destination – and spend a night in Phnom Penh to proceed your journey on the following day after your arrival from Vietnam.

Getting around

If you have traveled at least a bit anywhere in Cambodia, you may have noticed that the Khmers know no modesty as far as the width of their roads is concerned. This local love for expansions makes Phnom Penh tough for covering on foot. Tuk-tuks and motorbike taxis are ubiquitous and plentiful; they are an affordable and easy way to get around the city. Expect to pay from USD1 to USD3 for a tuk-tuk ride, even less for a motorbike taxi.

Renting a scooter is also an option in Phnom Penh. Daily rates are about USD5. Note that helmets are a must, traffic is chaotic and accidents with casualties are not unheard of. Rent only if you are an experienced rider – we mean with some experience in Asian countries.

There are public buses in Phnom Penh. Tickets cost less than USD0.5 per trip. The most useful route is Line 03 which stops at the International Airport, Central Market and Night Market. Line 01 combined with some walking brings you to the Royal Palace and National Museum.

Further afield from Phnom Penh

Located literally in the heart of the country, Phnom Penh has good transport connections with all the other cities and towns around Cambodia and in the neighbouring countries. Apart from the already mentioned Kampot, Sihanoukville and Ho Chi Minh, some of the destinations which you can reach overland from Phnom Penh, include Poi Pet, Battambang, Koh Kong, Preah Vihear and Mondulkiri in Cambodia; Bangkok in Thailand; Vientiane and Pakse in Laos.

Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh destination reviews

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AB
5
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 21, 2019
the service is good so only the traffic entering cambodia is what is tiring. but the giant ibis bus is great
HV
2
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Nov 21, 2019
We missed our original bus. We were at the office 30 (6:00 a.m.) minutes before the said departure (630am). The person who were at reception knew that we had a schedule. 625 am...we asked her again for follow-up..it was only then she were coordinating with her officemate.
JO
5
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 21, 2019
Absolutely brilliant service, Cambodia visa all sorted and breezed through border with no problems or delays. Bus was comfy and nice to get a snack and water
CE
4
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Nov 14, 2019
Very good set off when supposed to arrived when supposed to clean blankets on bus,driving not erratic don't listen too much about scare stories of night buses in Cambodia was a lot less stressful than india
TM
4
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 12, 2019
Temp ok, stops ok, food and drink on board. They charge extra $5 for Cambodian visa arrangement, but you can arrange yourself for free.
UF
4
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Nov 5, 2019
Wir hatten 2.5 Stunden Verspätung - statt 6h, 8.5h Fahrzeit. War einerseits den zwei längeren Pausen (mit Essen), andererseits dem Verkehr geschuldet.
HF
2
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Nov 4, 2019
They should have inform us that they will transfer us to a local bus. The green bus smells drug. My anxiety almost hit the top. It made the trip better because the drivee and the conductor is not rude. Please give instruction to tourist next time !
BL
5
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Nov 3, 2019
Very good trip, uneventful and only 20 minutes for immigration, both countries
RJ
4
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 26, 2019
Bus was comfy and WIFI was ok, only downside is the border crossing, no explanation of what was going wether or bags had been transferred to another bus or details over the process, just a quick shout out as we stopped, would take 2 minutes to explain the process and stop a bus of confused passengers
GM
4
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 26, 2019
The bus left on time and was spacious. There was a bit of confusion at the border crossings as the staff spoke so quickly. Be aware that it costs $2 to process the visa and the whole trip was closer to 8 hrs than 6 hrs.
QD
5
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Oct 21, 2019
Perfect trip , the driver and the guide is friendly and helpful
LB
4
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 20, 2019
Slow down the instructions. We did not know what was going on at border. You’re too fast; somebody’s bag got lost.
MB
4
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 15, 2019
Perfect little trip only thing is reality is that it's 8 hours not 6 ...I've seen this comment several times before ...other than that spot on !
BB
5
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 15, 2019
Great & comfortable way to get from Ho Chi Ming to Phnom Penh. Crossing the border was easy & we were well informed of everything along the way. WiFi and A/C were OK but the charging ports worked. It does take an extra 2 hours though!
CH
4
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Oct 13, 2019
Good ride! Efficient service at the cambodian customs. I would just have preferred more pee breaks (there was just one in a 6 hours trip)
EL
3
Bus Express, The SinhTourist, Oct 13, 2019
Poor service, messy bus, cannot understand English.
CD
2
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Oct 8, 2019
We had a hard time locating the address of the boarding point - 263 Pham Ngu Lao Street as stated on the pdf file. We asked locals and they will just point us to a direction without speaking. When we finally made it, the address read differently, apparently they have relocated - 243 (No. 263). It was beside Liberty Hotel. Kindly update the address as it creates a big deal of confusion for non-locals. Also they should have a signboard in English on what to do to communicate more efficiently. We didn't know we were being asked for passports and were going through immigration. It would have been much clearer if they did. Also halfway the trip, they turned off the USB charging ports and the seats' leg rest can't be adjusted anymore. We left on time at 13:30 but arrived an hour late 20:30.
SP
4
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Sep 30, 2019
The bus is good and clean. The staff on bus was not really friendly, but not bad as well.
TM
4
Bus Standard AC, Kumho Samco, Sep 20, 2019
In a sea of travel agencies that all blend in together on the street, I found the one I needed, I’m not sure how, I think I was using my brain. I liked the bus. The seating was very spacious and comfortable. It was clean. It was a quick trip across the border into Cambodia and on to Phnom Penh. The bus driver and his two co-workers were nice guys.
HB
3
Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Sep 19, 2019
Bus was relatively comfy and the whole visa process was made really easy, however WiFi didn’t work and we didn’t really get told what was happening so there was a bit of confusion at times

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