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Transport types between Siem Reap Bus Station and Phnom Penh

Siem Reap Bus Station to Phnom Penh Schedule

Siem Reap Bus Station to Phnom Penh Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
Virak Buntham Express Hotel Bus 00:05 - 06:05$ 12.12
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K6710606:30 - 07:15$ 55.93
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K610609:30 - 10:30$ 87.50
Cambodia Airways Economy #KR80210:35 - 11:30$ 56.35
Virak Buntham Express Minibus 12 12:00 - 17:00$ 13.76
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K6711614:05 - 14:50$ 54.69
Cambodia Airways Economy #KR80616:40 - 17:35$ 49.59
Cambodia Angkor Air Economy #K611616:05 - 16:50$ 58.34
Seila Angkor Express VIP 16:00 - 22:00$ 12.66
Lanmei Airlines Economy #LQ31818:25 - 19:10$ 48.46
Virak Buntham Express Luxury 22:30 - 04:30$ 15.40

How to get from Siem Reap 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.

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From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh by bus

There is hardly another city or town in Cambodia – possibly Sihanoukville being the only exception – with such a wide choice of destinations on offer as Siem Reap. Buses to Phnom Penh leave throughout the day from several locations all over the capital; and prices and level of comfort vary a lot. Note that the majority of the operators use the main bus station in Siem Reap located four km out of town. If buying your ticket in a street agency, always inquire where from your bus departs.

Giant Ibis Transport is the best operator serving the route due to many factors, including the excellent safety record, insurance coverage for all passengers, free Wi-Fi and electrical outlets on board. The company uses its own bus terminal in Siem Reap behind the Angkor National Museum. It is located closer both to the Old Market area and Wat Bo Road where the majority of accommodation is found. To get to the Giant Ibis bus terminal, take a tuk-tuk (from USD1 to USD3) or use complimentary pick-up service – inquire in your hotel in advance.

There are at least four (in certain periods up to six) daily buses of Giant Ibis from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh. No matter which one you choose, tickets cost USD15. All buses take from 5½ hours to seven hours to reach the Phnom Penh.

Morning buses which leave Siem Reap at 7.45am, 8.45am and 12.30pm, make two pit stops en route: the first one is a short ‘bathroom’ stop and the second one is one-and-a-half-hour lunch stop. Note that there are no toilets on board of the morning buses, and lunch is not included into your ticket price. The buses themselves are standard big buses with air-conditioning and slightly reclining seats, so your trip in general should be quite ok.

Night buses are sleeper buses with two tiers of sleeping bunks. There are reading lights for top bunks, toilets and no entertainment program during your trip – you can have some rest, of course, if you manage to make yourself comfortable on a bunk which is frankly speaking is not an easy task at all! The advantage of taking a night bus lies in saving a few dollars on your hotel room. Besides, the night bus is the most convenient one if you are going to connect via Phnom Penh to other Giant Ibis’ buses to Kampot, Sihanoukville or Ho Chi Minh.

In Phnom Penh, Giant Ibis buses arrive to the company’s own bus terminal in 106 Street, close to the night market and the riverfront. If you have just a couple of hours to explore the capital before your next bus leaves, just go for a stroll along the magnificent riverfront promenade.

Connecting to other Giant Ibis buses

From Phnom Penh, you can connect to other Giant Ibis buses to Kampot, Sihanoukville or Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam.

From Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh

If you buy a joint ticket from Siem Reap to Kampot via Phnom Penh with 12go.asia, the system will offer three options.

10.30pm and 11pm night buses from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh connect to 8am bus to Kampot with a short two-hour stopover in Phnom Penh. The trip to Kampot from Phnom Penh lasts two and a half hours only, so you will arrive early enough to have the whole day ahead of you.

Normally you can get in time for the same 8am bus to Kampot even if arriving with the last 11pm bus from Siem Reap, but if you want to do it, you will have to buy separate tickets, as otherwise the system will offer to take the afternoon bus to Kampot at 2.45pm. This option is worth considering if you wish to spend a few hours visiting the Cambodian capital. You can leave your luggage at Giant Ibis bus terminal, have a stroll and then continue your journey to Kampot, arriving to your destination before dark.

In theory it is even possible to catch 2.45pm bus to Kampot if you leave Siem Reap with the first bus at 7.45am the same day as it normally reaches Phnom Penh at around 2pm; but 12go.asia does not recommend it as in case of even a minor delay you risk missing your next bus.

From Siem Reap to Sihanoukville via Phnom Penh

There are three buses a day by Giant Ibis from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, all of them taking about four and a half hours to reach the seaside resort city. As in case with Siem Reap to Kampot, 12go.asia offers the shortest stopover in Phnom Penh: take any of the night buses from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and then change to one of the morning buses from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, which depart at 8am and at 9.30am. You can as well choose the bus which departs later – at 12.30pm – to have a quick look at the capital. Tickets cost USD15 and USD12 respectively.

If you arrive from Siem Reap with one of the morning buses, you will be obliged to spend the night in Phnom Penh and continue your journey to the coast the next day as there are no night buses between Phnom Penh and Sihanoukville.

From Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh via Phnom Penh

Important: Visa on arrival service is not provided at land border crossings in Vientam. Before buying your bus ticket to Vietnam, make sure you have already your Vietnamese visa or do not need one. Otherwise you will be refused transportation.

If buying a joint ticket from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh via Phnom Penh, you will be offered to take 10/30pm or 11pm night bus from Siem Reap (USD15) and then change to the first bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh at 8am (USD18). The last 11.30pm bus from Siem Reap connects to the afternoon bus to Ho Chi Minh (12/30pm), though in theory you can catch the morning bus to Vietnam, as well.

Similarly to Siem Reap to Sihanoukville case, you can opt for 12.30pm bus from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh instead to get a couple of hours for touring the capital. Leave your luggage at the Giant Ibis bus terminal and enjoy your morning in Phnom Penh. Please find more detailed information about the six-hour Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh leg here.

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.

For more detailed information and advice, take a look at MoveToCambodia.com

Siem Reap Bus Station to Phnom Penh destination reviews

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Bus Coaster, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 7, 2019
Ride was okay. Staff in office were very bad. Lied a lot and didn’t tell us our bus wasn’t running and that we were put on a later bus. Only when asked when the bus should have arrived, she pretended the bus was broken. Didn’t apologise and didn’t have the guts to tell us the truth.
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Bus Hotel Bus, Virak Buntham Express, Dec 6, 2019
Horrendous journey from siem reap to phnom penh. The staff were extremely rude, the bus was extremely uncomfortable (flashing coloured lights the whole time, freezing cold, the driver beeping and being really loud for the entire journey, and loads of stops). There was no communication, we didn't even know we had arrived, until I went to the driver and asked where we were. He shouted agrresively at me to get off, I was extremely scared so I did, and he them REFUSED to let my partner off the bus as well. I was stood with the bags (that were thrown into the middle of the road into muddy, dirty water) in the middle of a busy high street at 5 in the morning, with no idea where my husband was. Being constantly hounded by extremely rude and threatening tuktuk drivers as well. When we finally met back up (the driver had dropped my partner off about half a mile down the road!!) and went to discuss this with the company they pretended not to speak English and basically just ignored us. True horror story, don't even bother wasting your money.
AR
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 5, 2019
Very convenient trip with arrival time 1 hour earlier than scheduled
JJ
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 5, 2019
trip was as promised and easy
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van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Dec 5, 2019
Terrible. Driver put us at risk by unsafe passing. Super inconsiderate - I was beside him in the front seat and he kept the cup holder open the whole time for a coffee he didn't even drink so my knees kept scraping against it. Pay the extra $30 and hire a private car.
DS
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 2, 2019
Perfect trip, cheap and comfortable. I'm 188 cm high and had plenty leg space. Arrived 45 min before scheduled time
NC
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Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport, Dec 1, 2019
Uneventful transfer. Managed to sleep a little. Fortunately had packed a long sleeved shirt. Together with thin covering provided was enough to keep warm. Arrived 5 am. Everything closed. Took a grab to our hotel .
DM
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 30, 2019
Having read lots of positive reviews, I had high expections for the Giant Ibis bus and for the most part, I was not at all disappointed. The bus was a little tired, but it was very comfortable, plenty of leg room and good air conditioning, we were also given a bottle of water and a pastry when we boarded the bus which I thought was a nice touch. The bus journey took approximately 6 hours but you stop a couple of times for food and toilet breaks so that really breaks it up. We arrived earlier than expected which was a bonus too. If like me you enjoy looking out the window and watching the world go by then I'd certainly recommend taking the bus rather than flying as you get to real feel of the country.
YB
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van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Nov 28, 2019
Very Goodv driver, less comfetraball. Stop not good for turisen
MB
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van VIP, Seila Angkor Express, Nov 27, 2019
Very nice staff, good driving As it was by van, less space than in a bus. Arrived even earlier :)
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Bus Luxury, Virak Buntham Express, Nov 27, 2019
service was ok. i wish the driver had not had his radio playing so loud and for more than half the journey. the purpose of “night buses” is to being able to sleep. i was the one person right above his cabin. i couldn’t! too, when we arrived in phnom penh, the stop/arrival was never announced. instead, we were rushed to get off the bus. mmh? crazy! i got off the bus with no shoes on, stepped out into wet gravel and it wasn’t fun. courtesy people!
NM
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Bus Kia Grandbird, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 26, 2019
Its so comfortable and the service is great! I slept comfortably the entire ride.
SV
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 25, 2019
The overall service was good but the airconditioning worked very poorly. Comfort in general in the bus was great.
SM
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van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Nov 25, 2019
Everything was smooth... except no Wifi on the van
KT
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van VIP, Seila Angkor Express, Nov 16, 2019
On time. No problem finding the office. Good and cautious driver. Drove us before time. 12go asia wrongly shows the bus station in Sieam Reap so be careful.
CH
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 12, 2019
As comfortable as a bus journey gets...spacious seating, power outlets, wifi, free pastries and water. Safe and efficient driving. Stops at a surprisingly tasty and modern restaurant halfway. Would recommend!
LB
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 10, 2019
On time, well-organized, not the newest bus though
MD
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 7, 2019
Comfortable and clean bus. There were no delays in departure and we arrived within the given time. Power point available for phone etc. Water and croissant given. 2 breaks, 30 mins and 10 mins. Noticed that they stop in between to pick up or drop off passengers. Not a big deal. Good service. Recommend to try it.
MB
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Bus Universe Luxury, Giant Ibis Transport, Nov 6, 2019
Really smooth, 2 stops and free croissant / water which was very helpful Only thing missing was a toilet on the bus - not having a toilet discourages people to drink water which can lead to dehydration... but we stopped plenty of times so it was ok in the end.
PH
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van VIP, Cambodia Post VIP Van, Nov 5, 2019
Great, reliable service - we received our destination 15 minutes earlier than scheduled and so much more comfortable than anything else we've experienced in SE Asia! Only downside was the air conditioning is just the traditional car-type of vents which didn't reach past the first row of passengers so it was a bit hot in the back.

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