Thero Express

Company Information

Thero Express is a private operator that connects destinations across Cambodia as well as international routes crossing the border before heading to Thailand’s capital city, Bangkok.

Minivans are used on all these routes with a 15-seat capacity, rather than larger buses.

Routes served by Thero Express

Phnom Penh–Siem Reap

There are four departures between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap each day, between 08.00 and 16.00, with a journey time of five or six hours allowing you to reach Siem Reap by the early afternoon. The return journey leaves at the same times, with buses at 08.00, 09.00, 14.30 and 16.00 each day, with tickets priced at USD12.

Phnom Penh–Battambang

From Phnom Penh you can travel to Battambang to experience more relaxed and quieter city life. There are four buses per day from Phnom Penh, starting from 05.00, with each trip lasting five hours. From Battambang there are two daily services to Phnom Penh, which depart at 08.00 and 14.30 (scheduled to arrive at 13.00 and 19.30 respectively) and with tickets costing USD12 in either direction.

Phnom Penh–Sihanoukville

Any travellers who want to escape hectic Phnom Penh for a more laid-back beach break can travel with Thero Express to Sihanoukville. There are two services from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville, leaving at 08.00 and 14.30 each day (arriving at 12.30 and 19.00). There are similar departure times from Sihanoukville back to Phnom Penh (leaving at 08.30 and 14.30), with both trips priced at USD12 and a journey time of between four and five hours.

Phnom Penh–Banteay Meanchey

The final domestic route offered by Thero Express connects Phnom Penh with Banteay Meanchey. There are two services each day in either direction, with departures for Phnom Penh at 05.00 and 07.00. The six-hour trip is scheduled to arrive at 11.00 or 13.00 and is priced at USD14. Services leave Banteay Meanchey for Phnom Penh at 05.00 and 06.00 each day, with the same priced tickets.

International service: Phnom Penh–Bangkok

Thero Express also offers an international route from Phnom Penh to Bangkok, across the border in Thailand. There are two buses leaving Phnom Penh each morning at 05.00 and 06.00, with scheduled arrival times of 16.30 and 17.30 respectively. The journey usually lasts 11 or 12 hours with tickets priced at USD26.

Pros

Thero Express offers a good range of possible departure times which allow visitors to be more flexible with their travel plans. With four buses per day between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, and vice versa, there is plenty of choice for passengers who need to arrive at their destination for a particular time.

The option of the international route that crosses the border into Thailand is useful for anyone planning a lengthy trip in this region. The prices of these services are very competitive as well; between Phnom Penh and Bangkok, especially, it would be difficult to make this trip for less and it is far more affordable than the cost of a flight along this route.

Cons

The biggest issue with traveling with Thero Express is the operator’s use of minivans on all routes. For trips of six hours or more a minivan is far less comfortable than a standard bus and the service between Phnom Penh and Bangkok can become a little unpleasant if you are cramped in a minivan. Unlike on some other long-distance bus trips, the seats do not recline particularly far back which can cause discomfort on a long journey such as the Phnom Penh to Bangkok route.

Another issue with traveling in a vehicle of this size is that there is very limited space for luggage. Just remember, the more you bring, the more uncomfortable your journey is likely to be!

Keep in mind

Although Thero Express services do claim to offer Wi-Fi, there are frequent reports that it is of low quality or non-existent.

Travellers reviews

Travellers who use Thero Express can raise issues with the comfort of the services. The main thing to do before the trip is to check the travel time and decide for yourself whether you are ready to do it in a van. Travelling by minibus is considered by many quite uncomfortable due to the limited space. The longest trip offered by the company is the international Phnom Penh–Bangkok service which can take up to 12 hours – though the time spent at the border crossing is also included.

Delays can happen, although this is an issue across Cambodia rather than specific to Thero Express.

Those who do choose Thero Express for these trips are pleased with the wide schedule of departures each day which offer a great deal of flexibility. Likewise, the low cost of the services appeals to travellers on a budget and is a huge money-saver when compared to flying between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap or Bangkok.

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Thero Express Company Reviews

3.3
193 / 4,036
5 42
4 56
3 40
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98.6% of 4,036 travelers were presumably happy with Thero 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.

Jan 12, 2019
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Not super comfy, but good enough. Overall, good value for money, plus on time both departure and arrival.
Jan 6, 2019
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Clean mini van, left on time. Reached Phnom Penh ahead of time. Luckily the van wasn’t full so we could all spread out, would be very tight fit if all seats were taken. No real room for luggage goes under the seat, so ok if small bag. Driver drove fast, overtaking, but safely I thought. If you suffer with travel sickness this might be a problem for you. Stopped a few times on route for comfort breaks & lunch.
Jan 1, 2019
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
We were transferred to a larger bus at last Minute and took much lo her than expected and left in different part of City than expected. Comfortable enough but not the trip we paid for.
Jan 1, 2019
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Okay experience. I was the only passenger together with my girlfriend in the mini bus. The ride was alright, people are overtaking and honking prior to overtaking which is normal here. There was a lunch break in the middle of the trip. We got to Phnom Penh according to the schedule. Wifi did not work.
Dec 31, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
It was okay. The stops could be planned in such a way that all people are able to get food. The driver was very kind and stopped at a Mart for me to buy.
Dec 31, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Driver of Thero Express is not driving safe. He keeps on overtaking trucks and other cars, however his technique seems to be dangerous. Also, 2:30pm is our time to travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh but van arrived late. We leftaround 3:30pm
Dec 19, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Very nice van, clean and the staff was wicked (very for non-Boston people) friendly Thank you
Dec 16, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
The bus jumped a lot. The music was insanely loud and when the passengers asked to turn the volume down, the driver did it for just a couple of minutes. It was late in the departure but we arrived on time. However, I wouldn't repeat the experience
Dec 5, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
2 stars because we arrived at our destination. But pictures show a new van with WiFi. But this is a lie. We were transported by a tuk tuk to another (old) van with bad AC and no WiFi. The driver was continuously watching his phone. Got dropped of on a complete different site than mentioned on the ticket. Can not trust this. They drove fast though.
Dec 4, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Even though the driver was a little bit aggressive on the road, but I LOVE IT! He saved so much time for us and we arrived safe and sound. I will book with them again.
Dec 1, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The ride was on time, but the seats were too cramped. It didn’t help that they had no space to stow the bags so they just went underneath the chairs. Made for a claustrophobic experience.
Nov 19, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
No problem. Good trip.
Nov 16, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Good service. Left on time. Staff helpful. Could do with upgrading vans. Ours broke down near Siem Reap. Driver manage to effect a repair in 15 minutes which made a little late but this was no problem.
Nov 3, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Very good and quick
Oct 27, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
We arrived 40mins earlier as they say to be there 30mins before departure, were told to wait as mini van would leave at 9am. 5mins later we were told they could no longer take us so we had to get a mini van from different company. They bought us the tickets for this other company and they were actually cheaper that what we originally paid to Thero Express which means they made profit even though they didn't take us! Giving 2 stars only because they got us a tuk tuk to the other place.
Oct 3, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
1 hour late
Sep 17, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Fast, efficient and comfortable.
Sep 7, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
I asked at the driver if I could go to my hotel in phon phen because I have stomach problems and him said no
Aug 30, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
We started at 2.30pm from Siem Reap and we arrived in Phnom Penh at 8.00pm as scheduled with one stop during the trip. We will suggest Thero Express for bus trip.
Aug 7, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Excellent trip. No issues, plenty of toilet breaks etc etc
Aug 6, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
Too hot. Not enough space for your legs
Aug 3, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The driver was so fast, our lives flashed before our eyes. With overtaking at high speeds, using the horn constantly and Two emergency stops in which our necks were nearly broke. Not a good start to our honeymoon I'll tell you that. We have never been happier to arrive in siem reap, we nosed dived off that bus. The bus was clean and there were no bugs as per previous comments. Aircon and wifi good too! Driver didn't talk though .. think he wanted to get there and back in time for tea.
Jul 31, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
We were put sitting at very back. We're 4 skinny enough gals and we struggled to fit in. No space to breath. All suitcases were stacked on floor so no room for legs. The other seats looked fine so avoid back at any costs. Air con was good though and it was on time.
Jul 30, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
This was the first bus we used in Cambodia and also the first of our trip in South East Asia so we were not sure what to expect. We were on a budget so $9 for a ride from Siem Reap to Phomh Penh sounded pretty decent. Firstly, Thero Express is definitely a legit company which was our main worry that we would turn up to the stop and there being no bus. We got on at the first stop in Siem Reap and they have an actual office and the company name printed on the side of the minibus. The bus itself was clean and modern, with working air con and WiFi which surprised us. The bus wasn’t full so we had a fair bit of space which naturally led to a more pleasant experience. The reason I can’t give five stars is because the bus driver was a bit dangerous and overtook several cars meaning he was driving on the wrong side of the road which was pretty scary especially in the dark when there were definitely some near miss accidents. The speeding meant we arrived about half an hour earlier than expected which I guess was a positive though we weren’t really fussed about how long it took. The driver also beeped at the tuk tuks and motorbikes he was overtaking in quite a manic way eg not one beep, six times per vehicle and this happened about twice a minute so it was quite noisy. Not sure if this is common in Cambodia and also it’s not the worst thing for $9 as we just wanted to get there safely and preferably with air con. So basically if on a budget I would definitely recommend.
Jul 26, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Sorry to say but the drive was absolutely horrible. Not enough luggage space, backs packed under the seats and in between your legs on the floor. Was hoping for a little bit more pleasebat experience but I suppose the price tells it all. If I was to advise, larger bus is much better option.
Jul 26, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Driver was awesome. Got to Phnom Penh extremely quick
Jul 24, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Perfect service, we totally recomend it!
Jul 22, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Super efficient from SR to PP
Jul 22, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Arrived an hour late but indicated time was impossible anyway as the driver was already driving like an idiot now which was very unsafe.
Jul 21, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★☆☆
The seats were surprisingly small for that price which is almost double compared to minibus. Lunch was ok. The driving was pretty rough. It wasn’t too bad but I would probably just take a minibus next time.
Jul 20, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
Driver not communicative. Vehicle was not confortable as advertised. Air conditioning very bad. The good point was the WiFi service.
Jul 17, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
The best bus/minivan I have taken during my whole stay in Southeast Asia! Left in time and arrived ahead of schedule.
Jul 14, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Courteous sevice, and on time.
Jul 13, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
A good service. Depot staff were friendly helpful & efficient. The van we travelled in only had five other passengers who were very quiet. Air on was good & our driver was a really nice young guy whom I struck a friendship with. Although the poor guy was clearly tired from the over-long hours he works, his driving was excellent & I noted his consciencesness when it came to caring for the safety of his passengers. He drove well & was not at all reckless, he offered the passengers the opportunity to play their choice of music from their phones via Bluetooth into the van's stereo system & when we reached our destination he negotiated & organised tuktuk transport to take them into Siem Reap to their hotels. I'd use Thero Express again without hesitation & my only negative view is that they work their drivers a little too hard which is tough on them & potentially problematic if the driver's ability is affected by tiredness. Excellent service otherwise & I really liked our driver.
Jul 6, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★☆☆☆
It was the bumpiest bus journey I have ever been on, even the smoothest of roads felt like it had huge potholes. If you value comfort at all, use a different bus provider
Jul 1, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
Aircon and WiFi on board. Was comfortable and safe!
Jun 11, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
We arrived late but still managed to get on the bus, they then dropped us to the airport for free. WiFi was great and the team were very friendly. Would reccomend but would be on time next time!
Jun 10, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
Got us from A to B, very friendly but stopped us for lunch which we were not informed of prior. Clearly their family business too, stopping at a gas station would have been sufficient.
Jun 2, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★★
We had the whole van to ourselves! Lovely and cool temp. Driver was really fast. Arrived 45min before estimated time
May 18, 2018
van Regional, Thero Express
★★★★☆
On time

Thero Express Stations

Phnom Penh Thero Express Siem Reap Thero Express Battambang Thero Express Banteay Meanchey Thero Express Poipet Thero Express Bangkok Thero Express Border Immigration