Mekong Express

Company Information

Mekong Express started operations in 2002 and has long been regarded as one of the leading and fastest-growing private bus operators in Cambodia.

Routes served by Mekong Express

Phnom Penh–Siem Reap

The major route operated by Mekong Express connects Cambodia’s capital city, Phnom Penh, with Siem Reap, the gateway to the famous ruins of Angkor Wat. There are four departures each day with buses leaving both cities between 07.30 and 12.30 each day, with the five hour trip costing USD14.

Phnom Penh–Sihanoukville

From the operator’s base in Phnom Penh you can visit destinations across the whole of Cambodia.

There are also four services each day heading from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, home to glorious beaches along Cambodia’s coastline. Buses depart from 09.30 each day and the journey lasts around four hours. Tickets are priced at USD14 per person in either direction.

You can also reach Siem Reap directly from Sihanoukville; there are two buses each day leaving the beach town to travel up the country (at 07.00 and 08.30). The journey will last over nine hours so you will arrive into Siem Reap for late afternoon and is priced at USD26.

Phnom Penh–Battambang

Battambang is a destination that is often overlooked by visitors but is well worth exploring a far more laid-back Cambodian city. There is one bus each day from Phnom Penh leaving at 13.30, scheduled to arrive around 19.00. From Battambang there is also one service each day that leaves at 07.30 (arriving back into the capital at 12.55). The journey will take between five and six hours in total and is priced at USD14.

International service: Vietnam

Mekong Express also offers international services, with departures heading across the border to Vietnam. You can reach Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi, from either Phnom Penh or Siem Reap, although the journey will take twice as long from the latter city.

There are two departures from Phnom Penh every day, leaving at 06.30 and 15.30, and the journey lasts for five hours. There are also two buses from Hanoi to Phnom Penh with the same departure times and also costing USD17.

If you want to visit Hanoi directly from Siem Reap then there is one bus each morning at 07.30 that will take 10 hours in total and you are scheduled to arrive in Hanoi for 17.30. The return journey leaves Hanoi at 07.00 and tickets are priced a USD26 per person in either direction.

Pros

Mekong Express often boast quicker journey times than some other operators along these routes, however, this probably means that you will have shorter or fewer breaks and the drivers may be driving quicker than you would necessarily like.

The buses all offer Wi-Fi which is very useful on a long journey, especially if you need to contact someone or to work out how to reach your hotel when you arrive at the bus station.

Cons

The range of departure times offered by Mekong Express is not the best. There are no overnight buses available, which might be useful for the longer trips such as Siem Reap to Sihanoukville or international connections like Siem Reap to Hanoi.

If you are travelling a long distance on Mekong Express then you will lose a day of your holiday that could be used exploring this beautiful country.

Even on the most popular route between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, the options are limited. There are no departures from either city after 12.30 which can be inconvenient if you are catching a flight the following morning as you will be required to pay for accommodation.

Note that there are no toilets on board any of these services, which is in fact a common case throughout Cambodia; although there are frequent breaks where you can use the bathroom or buy some extra snacks for the trip. The buses themselves are not always in the best condition and on some of the shorter trips you may find yourself on a minibus rather than a larger luxury or VIP bus, which is likely to be far more cramped and uncomfortable.

Keep in mind

As is the case with bus trips across Cambodia, delays are pretty common and often unannounced, so it is always best to allow plenty of flexibility into your schedule just in case. This is especially important if you have a flight to catch!

Travellers Reviews

Mekong Express services are competitively priced but are not always the most popular operator for those looking to travel across Cambodia. This is mainly due to the limited schedule on the routes which can often be inconvenient for travellers.

Also, the fact that you may be required to travel by minibus on some routes can put visitors off as these are usually far less comfortable than a larger bus.

Mekong Express Company Reviews

3.6
277 / 7,885
5 84
4 81
3 58
2 23
1 31
99.3% of 7,885 travelers were presumably happy with Mekong Express as they left good or no review

At 12Go our operators offer three types of service:

Cheap, Fast, Good - but you can usually pick only two of them!
Cheap & Fast won’t be Good. (e.g. buses from/to Khao San Road, local buses or 3rd class trains)
Cheap & Good won’t be Fast. (e.g. VIP trains in Thailand)
Fast & Good won’t be Cheap. (e.g. private limousine services, or VIP24 buses vs Express buses)

Make your choice! Please remember that while we are closely monitoring the services, we are still an agency marketplace. That means we focus on ticketing services and route availability & coverage rather than on the factual seat reclining angle you will get on the bus today.

Jul 11, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
Great trip through interesting scenery. Very good value for money as the ticket included a breakfast box and water. Bus also had WI-FI which was a bonus
Jul 6, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Picked up at the hotel. Left on time and arrived hours before ticket said. Two comfort stops and a very comfortable coach. Thoroughly recommend Mekong express and 12go.asia!
Jun 20, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
It was rather a smooth cross in the border. I just wish the aircon is working because it is a bit hot in the bus.
Jun 14, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
Bus not the most comfortable but got there. Took a charge for the visa but did help with sorting out which is needed for non vietnamese or khmer speakers.
Jun 13, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Really simple border crossing, friendly staff and nice breakfast
Jun 12, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
It was a smooth trip.. both from.ho chi mihn to siem reap..The buses were so comfortable..,and i like the trip attendant she was very helpful especially in crossing the boarder..the speed was just right..aircon is okey.Bus stops were okey..all i can suggest but maybe its not possible,is that it should be direct trip from hochimihn to siemreap. It's more comfortable if we did not change our bus in phenom phen..
Jun 10, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Staff well serve when guide us passed custom between Vietnam and Cambodia. Bus condition good enough for me to sleep 70% time travel along the trip.
Jun 8, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Very good bus ride
Jun 6, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★☆☆☆
Oke.. we just get a totally different bus then booked. We booked a minifan with nice spacious seats nr 2A en nr 2B in the front of the bus. Because we’re from Europe and are tall (1.90) so we need the leg space. At arrival of the bus, our seats are 2A and 2B idd.. but they put 1ABCD before our seats. So again no leg space for us, and the seats are very small and broken. (Backseat can not go to the back) We can not sit straight, because we have lager shoulders, then the locals. Why do you show us pictures of a bus, and on real they are totally different? And why do you offer seats with nr? But on the real this is totally different?!
Jun 2, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Excellent. Was picked up from hotel . Comfortable bus wifi and charging point . Comfy reclining chair . Bottle of water and a rest stop half way. Would definitely recommend to all A+++
May 31, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
so late from the schedule , Im sorry
May 7, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
The adress of thé station on my voucher was wrong but they organiséd thé transfer for me. Trip was on time and we arrived earlier which is good. Bus a bit old and not very confortable. Good value for money anyway!
May 5, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
This trip was better than the other one,Bangkok to Phnom Penh,but will never travel with your company again . When we get back to Australia I'm going to make a point of writing a blog of what happened and second rate treatment you receive when you cross the border, and are cattle trucked off to some local bus service if thats what passes for a bus
May 4, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
We left 30 min too late. Everything else was ok. Fast driver :)
May 3, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Driver was so kind, polite and helpful! Driving was smooth but fast. Was able to reach Baver border from Phnom Penh in just 3 hours safely!
May 3, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Bus trip was smooth and the bus operator is really helpful even at the Vietnam-Cambodia Border... didn’t have any problems at all!!! Will definitely recommend this!
May 1, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Very good travel. No issues at all and there well within the estimated time. Highly recommend
Apr 21, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
We had to transfer buses twice in Siem Reap due to failure of the original bus, then the bus from Phnom Penh was old and the AC was very hot, the leg room was very small not comfortable at all.
Apr 21, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
The office was not yet open an hour before departure, but we did depart from Ho Chi Minh on time. They provided snacks, water and wet tissues. The guide was polite and helpful during the trip, particularly in facilitating passports/ visas It was a relatively safe and uneventful ride. The unit may seem old but the service was still good. thank you very much!
Apr 18, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
The terminal is hot and without aircon.
Apr 9, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
So far so good
Apr 7, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Nice bus and friendly staff who helped you across the border
Apr 5, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
Small minivan even though I booked a couch, but we arrived nearly in time and everything went without problems
Apr 5, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★★
Great service, fast and reliable! Will use again
Apr 3, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
Trip was ok, just too many stops on the way
Apr 3, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
You get what you pay for. Even tho delay was manageable and trip was ok.
Mar 30, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★★★
They picked us up from the hotel and were polite. The seats aren’t that comfortable in the second vehicle that was changed half way. But for the price one really should no complain.
Mar 29, 2018
van Regional, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
Missing aircondition and arriving 1 hour later.
Mar 27, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★☆☆☆
Although the bus was a little worn out, most hand handles and bottle holders are broken, it was still relatively clean and comfortable. The bus ride was smooth and okay except when we arrived in the capital where the driver would go bumper to bumper with smaller cars, motorcycles and tuktuk causing excessive sudden breaks. The disappointing and aggravating part was when we were being charged a dollar or 250,000 dong (which is totally not a dollar in real time convertion) by the guide for the arrival and departure card that they "bought" from the police (which we primarily promised we would pay later) when we don't need a visa as an ASEAN resident (Philippine passport holder). Good thing we heard the conversation between a fellow Filipino and the guide that they need a receipt for that card in return for paying the fee which the guide couldn't prepare, they told us it was THE Vietnam-Cambodia border scam which we almost fell for and that you can just ask for the form from an immigration officer for free. I don't know if the other nationalities with visa-on-arrival got also ripped off by an additional fee for visa processing. I will not ride with them just for that reason.
Mar 26, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★☆☆
Arrived 2 hours late from our destination but it was comfortable and safe because I think tue driver was maintaining a speed limit.
Mar 20, 2018
bus Express, Mekong Express
★★★★☆
Kinda distribution of passport during the borders is not organize. And late from the arrival time.

Mekong Express Stations

Phnom Penh Mekong Express Ho Chi Minh Mekong Express Phnom Penh Mekong Express Ho Chi Minh Siem Reap Sihanoukville Mekong Express Siem Reap Mekong Express Orussey Market Orussey Market Battambang